I think I knew in my heart that as soon as the opportunity for more roses arose then any decision was all but made already. Both levels paved? One level paved and a tier of roses? Two tiers of roses? There was no turning back once the thought had implanted itself in my consciousness and it was all I could do to stop myself delving into the David Austin catalogue immediately and making some choices (admittedly I did have a quick peek but with Christmas looming it can wait a little while, as of course will the necessary bricklaying).
Potential obstacles to such a rosy scheme are the looming presence of the now unwanted slabs and the two large urns which previously graced the slate chipped areas (not to mention several bags of the aforesaid chippings). The slabs will be easily accommodated as we need to rethink the shallow steps down to the Coop (the new greenhouse), which we quickly realised were a hazard to ourselves and to any visitors we might have, especially in poor light. Utilising the different colour and material of the slabs will better delineate the change in level and make the steps safer.
The urns were bought from our local salvage yard and were a bargain but still pricey so ideally I want to re-use them elsewhere too, but their size and formality won’t make this easy; my rambles are therefore taking on another dimension as I seek out likely locations. I am hoping to find a spot (two spots, that is) in the shrub border but again that can wait. What will I put in them? Roses perhaps…?!
That David Austin catalogue will certainly make exciting reading over the Christmas period!