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My favorite rose nursery of all time is located about two hours from us. Last week my husband suggested that we pay them another visit and "pick up a few roses." YES! I have died and gone to rose heaven!
We'll have a nice drive, wander among a vast number of potted roses, select a few (or more if I lose control), lunch at a good restaurant, and then drive home in a fragrant car. Then the next day I can dig holes and plant my new babies.
If it gets any better than this, I won't be able to stand it!
 
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I'm kinda excited myself.

Saw my first flower coming in on my cucumber plant this morning,and decided to put it in the ground outside. Lowest temp in 14-day forecast is 43 deg F/6 deg C so I'm going for it. I still have more seedlings growing indoors if I need them. I also put seeds in an outdoor planter for sugar snaps. I have had a couple of tomato plants in the ground for almost 2 weeks. Normally, I won't even cut the lawn until April 1, so this is quite the gamble for me. But this is shaping up to be the winter that never came. (I, too, will laugh when we get a blizzard in March.)
 
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Granjera, you are one brave person! My tomato plants are still tucked safely inside in the guest bedroom, and I haven't even considered planting cucumbers yet. Our peas (English and sugar snap) are in the gardens, and up and growing.
My husband is eyeing the lawn and saying that "we" need to mow. Oh, joy . . . .
 
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My husband is eyeing the lawn and saying that "we" need to mow. Oh, joy . . . .
It's kind of hard when you're running around in shorts half the time to not get a little Spring Fever. Or is it Sprinter Fever? But I understand your reluctance about firing up the lawn mower so soon.

Seeds are cheap. I believe in redundancy, so I'm good if the outdoor plants don't survive. But what if I get some cukes coming in in April? (This particular cuke does well with cool nights and sunny days and is the first to start yielding).

For anyone who's disgusted by my warm weather talk, feel smug in knowing that our mosquitoes will probably be as big as birds this year because they never died off.
 
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Ooh that sounds brilliant! You'll have to let us know how it goes and what you buy :)
 
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The whole day sounds lovely. A nice trip. An afternoon with your husband, and lunch and rose selection. But more so, he remembered you like roses and that there is a rose nursery 2 hour drive, and he suggested to go . That is grand.
 
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My favorite rose nursery of all time is located about two hours from us. Last week my husband suggested that we pay them another visit and "pick up a few roses." YES! I have died and gone to rose heaven!
We'll have a nice drive, wander among a vast number of potted roses, select a few (or more if I lose control), lunch at a good restaurant, and then drive home in a fragrant car. Then the next day I can dig holes and plant my new babies.
If it gets any better than this, I won't be able to stand it!
Hmmm. Hubbys idea to go rose shopping? I wonder if he has an ulterior motive for all of this largess. Perhaps next he will suggest shopping for a wife sized lawn mower?
 
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Chuck, no ulterior motive, and he has a wife-size lawn mower! We have both been working hard and he thought a day off, a drive through the country, and some rose sniffing would be fun.
Fernsdaddy, the nursery ships at the appropriate time for your area. If you want to see what they offer, www.chambleeroses.com has their on-line catalog, guaranteed to make you drool!
Esther, I am one lucky person, and my husband is such a sweetheart!
 
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This sounds absolutely wonderful and I know exactly how you feel. I'm the happiest when I'm buying new plants:love: Just thinking about it puts me in a good mood.
 
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I am also excited for you! We have months left before we can see any flowers around here.
 
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It sounds like the perfect day for me :) I'd love to have a lot outings like that, going to the biggest nursery in the Netherlands, pick a few plants and then have lunch at a nice restaurant. How wonderful! You have given me an excellent idea for an outing ;)
 
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Well, our big outing was today, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Here is part of the rose nursery we visited:
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And here are the seven roses we brought home. I was so good and didn't clean them out of roses (but there's always next time!).
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We had a lovely drive and lunch at a Cajun restaurant. Sometimes life is so darned good!
 
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That would be paradise for me. :) The few nurseries here don't sell roses, I have to order mine via the internet to be sent from the mainland. :(

What colours did you pick Marlingardener?
 
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I went with a plan in mind--no pink or red roses since we have several of those. First rose we got was a red David Austin (my excuse was that is a different "shade" of red!). We chose a Julia Child which is a soft yellow, and a Nagcodoches, which is a vibrant yellow; two bi-colors, one yellow and cream, the other red and white; an April Moon that is yellow bud becoming cream colored when open; and an orange rose that my husband liked. All of them are own-root roses which do better in our climate than grafted roses.

I was really sorry to hear that Chamblee's (the rose nursery) is discontinuing the David Austin roses. It seems the royalty on the DAs rose four-fold, and Chamblee's can't absorb the rise and customers won't pay the increased amount. The young man who was helping us said to get the Austins now because in the fall they wouldn't have any. Booooo-hoooo:cry:.
 
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Chuck, no ulterior motive, and he has a wife-size lawn mower! We have both been working hard and he thought a day off, a drive through the country, and some rose sniffing would be fun.
Fernsdaddy, the nursery ships at the appropriate time for your area. If you want to see what they offer, www.chambleeroses.com has their on-line catalog, guaranteed to make you drool!
Esther, I am one lucky person, and my husband is such a sweetheart!
Looks like I might just order a rose or 3 :D I just ordered a hybrid tea rose called Mint Julep. so what 2 or 3 more roses ?
 
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Definitely a yellow and cream theme there Marlingardener. (y) Will you be planting them altogether?

With so many roses available I refuse to pay the extortionate price of David Austin roses. They are no better than roses produced by other breeders/retailers, so I won't pay more because a specific person's name is attached.
 
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We plan to spread the yellow/cream roses around to provide contrast to the red, pink, and almost white roses we have. I also don't like to group roses together because if one develops a disease or pest, they all do.
David Austin's roses from Chamblee's weren't but about a dollar more than the regular roses, but with the increase in royalty, the price is definitely going up. Chamblee's has very moderate prices, especially when you consider the size and variety of roses they offer.
I feel the same way about day lilies, Sheal. I won't pay what I consider an exorbitant amount for a bulb because it's named or from a noted breeder.
 
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It's probably a wise move for you not to plant in groups. I think we probably have less pests and diseases to worry about here in Britain, having a cooler climate.

I've just been making price comparisons @marlingardener, it would seem roses are a lot cheaper for you than me. For instance.....I picked on one of the more common David Austin roses 'Darcy Bussell'. Your nursery Chamblee's is selling that at $11.95, to buy it from David Austin here it would cost $23.48 and as much as $42.00 in various nurseries. :eek:
 

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