No, it's almost the end of November and I haven't written one single entry here.
Yeah, I've been busy with the garden and busy with my life in general.
The gardening part included a considerable amount of time cleaning and moving plants before winter comes. Also, I still have a few bulbs left to plant after all the planting I've already done.
This year I decided to buy 4 new roses: 2 German and 2 French.
The German ones are from Tantau. One is pink and the other one a rich red. I must say that their prices are very good compared to David Austin in the UK or Meilland and Delbard in France. Also, they were very quick in sending them to me and the 2 standard roses I received as bare roots were in great shape and in excellent packaging. All I can say now is that I am eager to see them bloom.
The other two roses I was planning to buy were from Meilland, in France: the famous climber Pierre de Ronsard and Charles de Gaulle as a standard rose. I have to say that I was very displeased with their client service: they wrote the wrong post code and the roses got stuck somewhere in Metz. I wrote to them immediately to change this and they said they would, but the address remained the same and the roses spent 2 weeks with the carrier and never got to me.
After a bit more than 2 weeks, I wrote to them to ask them what was happening to my roses and they said they were cancelling the order and I would be reimbursed. A month has passed and the money is yet to be returned in my account.
Yeah, I am very disappointed.
Now, I plan to buy the Pierre de Ronsard from someone else, but gave up on Charles de Gaulle, which I plan to replace with Alexandra Princesse de Luxembourg, a Kordes creation.
I also want Jubilee Celebration from David Austin, as I loooove the shape of the flower. Now all I have to do, is find a nursery that sells all of them and delivers them to Luxembourg.
Not all is ugly work and delivery troubles as far as garden work is concerned.
I made some planters for the winter and I am really pleased with the result. I just hope we won't have those unusual frosts we had last winter and all the plants will thrive.
Here are some details of my new winter planters
Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Autumn mornings have a certain something that makes them dream-like, that makes them look like scenes from a Bronte's novel. The country side here is simply picture perfect, at least to my eyes. This morning there was a light fog, but not the usual darkness coming with the cloudy skies. You could tell it'd be sunny later on in the day.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
When we moved into this house, I was pleased to see that I 'inherited' 10 rather old rose bushes. They were not in such a great shape, as they had been neglected for at least 3 years and only given some autumn pruning, not exactly the best type of pruning, as it can leave them exposed to the winter frosts. As a consequence, they were mostly dead wood and I really thought some of them were just that. I removed the weeds around them and gave them some additional pruning removing all the dead wood I could remove and, as it was spring, I gave them a bit of rose food. They all rewarded me with their blooms, even those that seemed dead somehow found enough resources to send new shoots with flowers. Maybe the best of them (with close competition from a purple one I will discuss in another post) was this bush, one that cam easily be trained as a climber, at least if it is exposed south-west.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
These days I don't get to work in the garden as much as I wish I did, there have been long days of clouds and rain and cold. It did feel like winter...almost. I needed some colour and fragrance so I made this small bouquet of some later blooms
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
It's mid-October and summer is long gone. My garden seems to ignore this since most of the flowers are in bloom: the roses are putting out their last buds, dahlias are in full bloom, my delphinium and geraniums as well and the list goes on. Me, on the other hand, I don't enjoy this autumn so much - it's soooo cold and the rain just wouldn't stop pouring, so I don't have pictures of all the abovementioned flowers. I do spend my days indoors with my baby-girl, browsing catalogues in search of new roses and other plants....but mainly roses. I love roses, I love them so much that I spent yesterday morning browsing catalogues from Delbard & Tantau, sniffing one of the last flowers from Brother Cadfael (deliciously fragrant) and driking coffee from a new purchase I made at a flea market during the week-end. It drew my attention because of its pattern - roses! Yeah, I did develop some sort of obsession. When I brought my new coffee set home (saucer & cup & cake plate) I looked it up and found out it was made by a china company from the UK called Paragon while the name of the collection is Victoriana Rose. I am really pleased with my find and I now use it every day. I leave you now with some pictures taken indoors, of course
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Yes, here I am again, holding my baby-girl and trying to put to good use some pictures I took in August. There was a lot going on in the garden, but I only seem to have taken a few pictures, but, hey, that's still better than nothing, right? This is my Munstead Wood rose from David Austin, an almost perfect rose - the colour, the shape, the velvety texture, the strong old rose fragrance and the bounty of blooms. I did say almost and that is because, at least during the first year, its blooms tend to keep their heads rather down, as they are not properly supported by the thin branches. Still, I simply adore it!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
...all my troubles seemed so far away...so I did some pretty shopping :-) Yeah, I know this sounds weird. What I meant to say is that I went to town to do some shopping that I had to do and I ended up buying some things that I did not need-need, but that I enjoy so. I wanted to buy a coffee cup and saucer from Villeroy&Boch, but I did not like what I saw in the shop so I went to Laura Ashley's. They have a different kind of china, one that feels more robust, not as delicate and fine as that produced by V&B, but just as nice looking. This is my new acquisition:
Monday, September 17, 2012
...and so are my very short holidays, so I am back at the computer and trying to catch up a bit, by posting a few pictures as well as a few words about July. To start with, it has been a month of events. During its second week, we had our daughter's christening and on its last week-end, our son's birthday. Just like for my son, I made the candle decoration myself, alas not with flowers from my own garden. I chose a very simple approach - I selected the flowers in pink and white the day before and on the morning of the christening I simply put them together in a bouquet around the candle by using raffia string and double adhesive tape. This is the resut: