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Foxglove and roses and douce provence, oh my!


By tatia


At the risk of over-blogging, I am back and eager to write some more. I’ve been all day out there and now I find that’s not enough, I want to tell people about it. Only my husband gets tired of me bleating on and on and most of my friends aren’t as mad about gardening as I am so that leaves this blog and you good people, whom I shall ever after think of as my enablers. :-)

The rose arch has been erected and is now planted up with lucious red ‘dizzying heights’ on one side and ‘pink perpetue’ on the other, which is a bright candy-pink. Both are deeply scented, grow to about 10 feet and are twice-flowering. My 5 year old daughter has named them, quite aptly, Dizzy and Candy. I’m a rose novice and have no idea how long I have to wait to get show from them. I’m guessing next year? This patience thing is NOT my virtue but gardening has taught me that good thing are worth waiting for.

I must admit, the view that this new arch frames leaves a lot to be desired. It’s the plum tree and underneath, sweet woodruff grows abundantly. Problem is, so does this sticky, hairy, creeping, dreadful weed that is apparently coming from next door’s garden. I’ve not gotten to that bit yet and I’m afraid to turn Hubby or my eldest son loose there for fear they’ll root out the woodruff by mistake. This is the problem with being a control freak.

And at this point, you’re saying to yourself an impatient control- freak who has no sense of balance?! Ye gads, what a monster! :-)

Anyhoo, I have transplanted 5 douce provence peas into a container with a wigwam and this will most likely stay on the patio now as part of my new kitchen witch country garden look (and also because it’s a huge container filled with compost and bamboo stakes and FAR too heavy to move). I’ve relocated a few foxgloves to a different bed and have mourned the loss of their sisters who don’t seem to have survived the winter. :-( And I’ve planted some gardener’s delight tomatoes, a few cucumbers, lots of sunflower, heavenly blue morning glory, coneflowers, California poppies, sweetcorn and marigold, all from seed, in the greenhouse (which is my fancy way of saying the conservatory, haha).

My garden is a shocking mess but I’ll share the transformation with you as I go along.

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Another great blog! Can't wait to see something of your garden though! I am crazy about gardening too. There are only a few things I like in life the most, one of them is gardening, if I did not have a garden, I do not know what I would do, I have been gardening from very young. Keep the blog coming, I love reading them!

11 Apr, 2010


Your blog is very welcome so are you, I love the sound of the roses. I planted three new ones in February (bare rooted) Dublin Bay, Dizieland Linda and Golden Dawn and like you cn`t wait for them to do their stuff.

11 Apr, 2010


love it lol. i 2 have moved an arch and planted roses ,and carnt wait to c the flowers. we have bin busy tranforming our garden as well lol

11 Apr, 2010


looking foreward to seeing the photo`s am waiting for my arch to arrive but bought the roses afew weeks ago .. just incase they sold out !!

11 Apr, 2010

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