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The new metal seat in place with the arch which is now in its proper place.

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Some of you may recall how I treated myself to a lovely metal seat (two seater) and I wanted ideas of what to site it on, well I have taken up two ideas. I used slabs to actually sit the legs on and gravel between and around the slabs.

My oh and I moved the arch from another part of the garden. I did not like where it was situated and thought it would create a nice backdrop for the metal seat (especially when it has a rose to climb up it). Going with Karensues suggestion of Souvenir du Dr.Jamain adding it to the ever increasing rose wish list for ordering this Autumn. Think though the arch might take another rose so any ideas of one to go with the Dr. (must be perfumed) would be good please.

Thank you to all who made suggestions of what materials to use, I could not make up my mind and went with both pebbles and slabs. I think it looks quite good – hope you all like. I also put in pebbles up the side of the seat to the fish pond side which links it all together nicely. Easy to get on now for feeding fish and walking around the pond area.

In the last photograph you can see where the arch used to be (between the two wooden posts.) There are two clematis which used to cling onto the arch, (but not very healthy ones), they used to get wilt and the winds damaged them. I have left the clematis in place and if they grow they can clamber over the little fence, they might like that better than being buffeted about in the winds. I am planning to make a little gate to fit in between the two wooden posts, hopefully it will create another ‘room’ and separate it from the seating area. That is one of the jobs I have in mind for the winter months along with making some trellis to fasten to the top of the post and rail fence, which is around the edge of the middle large border to the right of this last photograph. Well that is the plan hopefully it will be in place by the spring of next year.

Well you have to have a project DON’T YOU!!

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I agree...always good to have a project. My next one is going to be clearing out the bit of 'woodland' and planting heucheras there. The clematis in there are romping over everything...you can't see the trees for the clematis vines...so out they will come (not all of them of course) and in will go some nice colourful heucheras instead.

I love the new seat and arch and the gravel and slabs work well. Very neat. Souvenir will be lovely there and the scent will be nice. How about honeysuckle on the other side? My lovely new one is great, but hardly any scent so don't get that one..it's called Lonicera Heckrotii 'Gold Flame'. Lovely colour but lacks pong. I am really pleased with my small climber 'Bridge of Sighs' as well...see what you think of that for a rose idea. The foliage is a lovely healthy colour and the flowers are scented and peachy in colour. One of my other new climbers has finally decided to flower, so I'm hoping this storm doesn't remove the buds.....eek!

12 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks Karen glad you like it, have a honeysuckle on the big post fence at the back of the arch, the yellow wild one which is starting to get going really well now, that one has quite a good perfume on it when it is established. Will look at Bridge of Sighs also.

Very windy here but not as bad as you are forecast, keep indoors, you will get blown off your feet if it is as bad as they say it is going to be. Hope everyone is ok up there. Sammie got her first pupils today, I am wondering if she is ok at the moment, she will text later. So proud of her doing what she is and how she is coping with things up there. Their bathroom is totally finished now. Just waiting for kitchen to be finished and then it is move in day.
Sarah very busy with her SENCO Uni course too, she could not make it to cricket yesterday, too busy doing her portfolio for her course. Had a good night all together with the Karaoke on Saturday night, tears streaming down my face with laughter. Sarah took a video of me and a crazy cricketer singing an Elvis song (no not singing it certainly was not that) Paul and I were exhausted with laughing at it all. The youngsters were brilliant, what a laugh, even as funny as skiffle nights used to be.

Hope you do not get any damage up there, keep safe, love mum xxx

12 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks Mum...still not too bad, but skies getting darker and rain coming down. I have warned everyone to take care, especially scott, on his way home this evening, but there are no trees until he gets in to the town....we'll all be fine!

12 Sep, 2011

 

that seat looks really good, love the paving in the stones.

12 Sep, 2011

 

I would suggest my old favourite Z├ęphirine Drouhin Rose which bears very fragrant and beautiful pink flowers and it is also thornless and safe to grow very near your seater. Only set back it is prone to mildew if left untreated.

12 Sep, 2011

 

Thank you Sticki, Thank you Costas have already got Zephirine Drouhin and yes it is a pain with mildew. lol. but its perfume is heavenly, I agree. What do you wash your roses with to treat the mildew please?

12 Sep, 2011

 

Love your new seat Olive. I think its super how you and Karen can chat on here and share your love of gardening and so pleased your introduced Karen. :)

12 Sep, 2011

 

Looks really good. Not a big a rose person, sorry no reccomends!

12 Sep, 2011

 

Lovely seat and your garden looks lovely:)

12 Sep, 2011

 

Thank you Dawnsaunt and Lulu and Nana_d glad you like it now it is all finished.

ps Dawn - Karen got the same seat as well. lol.

12 Sep, 2011

 

What a lovely seat ... and perfectly placed! ... :o)))

12 Sep, 2011

 

Did she now Olive, I didnt know that, I will look out for the pics.

12 Sep, 2011

 

It is now it is finally in its proper place Shirley, looks good I must admit. Thank you

Dawn she has put pictures on already you missed them. lol.

12 Sep, 2011

 

lol, I miss loads Olive, tut. x

12 Sep, 2011

 

That's just beautiful Olive! I can't recommend a climbing rose, my best one has no scent...booo! But I'm sure you could get great ideas from the David Austin catalogue, I have shrub roses from him and they can be smelt yards away!

12 Sep, 2011

 

Lovely seat Olive, where do you find these little treasures.There are so many roses to choose from but I would agree with Costas , although I have never found this extremely scented. Another favourite of mine which is heaverly perfumed and has lots and lots of small delicate flowers and flowers all summer is New Dawn .This also seems to be fairly disease free. Enjoy your search.

13 Sep, 2011

 

Dawn - I miss loads too - especially when I have not been on for days and then I find there is too much to trawl through. lol it takes days to catch up sometimes.

Libet, thank you for looking I have a list as long as my arm for roses hopefully they will all be perfumed but I have bought from DA in the past and the perfume I expected is not as strong as they make you believe. lol. Maybe my nose is not able to pick up the perfume anymore, old age probably. lol. After saying that I bought Hot Chocolate Rose and the rose was supposed to be perfumed and it was not or very little, but it has now produced another rose and this one is perfumed so maybe it is the soil who knows. Not me that is for sure. lol.

Rose just looked at New Dawn it looks lovely thank you for your input. I am going to have a long look in DA catalogue this morning.

13 Sep, 2011

 

super seat..and a lovely garden too..excellent read as well, great blog and thanks for sharing

13 Sep, 2011

 

Doesn't the Arch compliment the seat well...and what a finish Barbara with the slabs and gravel...always good to have seating on a solid base, nothing worse than sitting down lopsided lol...:))) Well done looks perfect...x

14 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks Skipscanda1 glad you enjoyed it.

Crissue that was one of the reasons I stood it on slabs, my youngest and I sat on it the other week and we nearly wet ourselves with laughing, it sank into the ground, the mole had dug underneath, we laughed 'til tears rolled down our cheeks and then said we should have to diet most definitely!! I don't think either of us moved so quick before. She went one way I went the other before it tipped backwards what a laugh.

15 Sep, 2011

 

Barbara....that made me giggle, it's happened to me, glad you both got off in time...:))))
Been busy with the Family, and the garden, when aren't we...lifting and splitting...and generally tidying....so much to do before the weather turns....

15 Sep, 2011

 

It has been a beautiful day here Crissue and I have spent most of it messing and planning and cutting and trimming and sitting and drinking coffee in it for at least 5 hours. Then had to sort out my computer, managed to do it and now I can relax and go out in the garden again tomorrow (if it is nice)
Hoping for an Indian Summer fingers xxxxxxx

15 Sep, 2011

 

That would be so nice...we're geting odd showers now, mainly in the night, so it's benefitting the garden...have found new plants shooting off from originals, so am lifting and splitting...and finding new places to fit them...:)))
Had a lovely Anniversary thanks, and we chose an all signing all dancing, Blender/Chopper/Mincer/ etc etc, worth the cost, and I got my Perennials too, and I think OH is after a particular book...so we're happy....Will post a pic when I get chance....x

16 Sep, 2011

 

:o) looking forward to that Crissue.

16 Sep, 2011

 

Love your new seat Olive and the gravel and flags set it off a treat, your garden is lovely and I also like our metal arch. I have onlyone climbing rose in my garden and thats Golden Showers a lovely rose but far too vigourous to grow up your arch, Im sure you will find the perfect rose with all the help from GOY friends;0)

18 Sep, 2011

 

thanks Pansypotter, have ordered Souvenir du Dr Jarmain for the arch. Karensue has one and I love the look of it and she says it is perfumed Bonus eh!

18 Sep, 2011

 

pleased you have found one suitable for your arch, look forward to seeing pics next year;0)

18 Sep, 2011

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