The symptoms: (1) It was Frank's idea, not mine, to take a tour of English gardens last fall; (2) There have been many more questions than in the past about the particulars of a plant, it's likes and dislikes, etc.; (3) He made an observation that he didn't know where to buy rose gloves.
In any case, Frank officially has his own rose collection in the midst of the Stepchild Garden, and I'm delighted! In the middle of clearing away the sod and cutting into the Georgia red clay, he observed that perhaps it's time we found a younger helper to work in the garden now and then........
The circular bed is starting with five English roses, since I've had good luck with them in the ridiculous Southern heat and humidity, and I'm hoping Frank has the same (or better results).
In the center, he has "Claire Austin," a white climber named for David Austin's daughter. Choosing this color was a little challenging, because it's going to climb a blue pillar that matches the "Hummingbird Blue" door of the "Not Shed." This particular rose is an incredibly beautiful white, and I can't wait to see it start to climb!
James Galway, a classic pink rose with an old-fashioned rose fragrance.
Mardi Gras, a 2008 All American Rose winner with a somewhat "peppery" fragrance.
Othello, a deep beautiful burgundy.
"The Pilgrim," a beautiful multi-toned yellow, because Frank absolutely adores yellow roses.
Photos of the bed to follow as soon as things start to flush out a little in the next couple of months! (These photos are David Austin's, not mine)