Is all fair at the fayre?
As I already mentioned in a previous thread, last Saturday at a local garden fair, I bought two David Austin roses for £16 (£8 each). Both were quite developed and had flowers on, which are definitely the correct flowers. They were in the classic DA pots, and had DA labels. However, when I came to plant them out today, one of the grafts on the William Morris rose broke (for no good reason), and I have been left with a long flowering frond which I have stuck in a specimen vase. I have two questions for the panel:
1. Would DA actually sell a rose with a weak graft like that, or do people fake their roses?
2. Did I do the right thing..... I basically cut the long frond down to a piece about 15 cm long and a couple of leaf shoots, and stuck it back in the graft, and taped it with duct tape. Then put the rest of the frond in a vase. Grafting is obviously degree level gardening, and I am only halfway through my A level, so I haven't got onto it... If I'd thought about it, I would have googled, but I acted instinctively.
Any thoughts or PMs on the matter welcome..!