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                 Photo Courtesy of David Austin Roses

The 2017 David Austin Handbook of Roses has arrived! This beautiful and descriptive rose catalog features this seasons two new David Austin introductions now available in the United States and Canada —  ‘Desdemona’ and ‘The Ancient Mariner’.

Desdemona’s lush white flowers with hints of pink can be seen in the photograph featured on the cover of the 2017 David Austin Handbook. It is described as an upright rounded bush that produces sprays of roses with approximately 52 petals. Starting out as “peachy pink buds,” Desdemona has chalice-shaped blooms that, with time, open wider to reveal its stamens. According to Michael Marriott, technical director and senior rosarian for David Austin Roses in Albrighton, England, “Desdemona is Austin’s best white English Rose to date.” It is reported to have done well in both hot/humid and hot/dry conditions, so Mike and I think it will be able to cope with the hot and humid summers we experience here in southern New England, especially in late July.

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            Photo Courtesy of David Austin Roses

Desdemona, named after the tragic heroine of Othello by William Shakespeare, is described as having a strong and complex fragrance — a mixture of “old rose and almond blossom with hints of lemon zest and cucumber.” It is hardy in Zones 5-10 and grows 4’ x 3’.

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       Photo Courtesy of David Austin Roses

The Ancient Mariner, the second 2017 introduction,  is named after the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Ancient Mariner is larger than Desdemona, growing 5’ x 3’ with blooms of 160 petals — more than 3 times the petals of Desdemona. These blooms are very large and face upward as opposed to the nodding characteristics of other David Austin roses. The Ancient Mariner yields cupped, rich pink flowers that are paler pink at the outer edge which results in a halo effect. As expected with David Austin Roses, The Ancient Mariner is very fragrant with the scent of myrrh. Since this rose is a larger than average shrub, it is ideal for the middle or back or the border or as a specimen bush, planted on its own. It is hardy in Zones 5-9.

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    Photo Courtesy of David Austin Roses

Both roses are said to be healthy and bloom all season, from late spring to late fall. They are also described as being disease resistance and having charm — one of the hybridizing objectives that is essential for David Austin Roses. For rose lovers like us, all these characteristics, especially the “charm” of David Austin Roses, make them irresistible.

For more information and to order these roses and/or the free 2017 David Austin Handbook of  Roses, visit www.DavidAustinRoses.com

If you enjoy David Austin Roses, you may want to consider our program David Austin’s English Roses for American Gardens for your organization. It covers the history of English roses as well as the unique David Austin breeding program that focuses on hybridizing healthy, fragrant roses with superior flower form. For more information about this program, visit the Program Page on our web site: www.rosesolutions.net

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Olivia Rose Austin - David Austin English Rose

Olivia Rose Austin                                   Photo by David Austin Roses

The holidays are over, the decorations have been put away and it’s time to review our “Wish List” of roses to plant in the spring. The trio of spectacular 2016 varieties that David Austin Roses has introduced for the United States and Canada sit at the top of the list. Read the descriptions below and you’ll see why!

Olivia Rose Austin with soft pink flowers of 90 petals each releases a strong fruity fragrance. This beauty features dark green foliage, grows 3-5 feet tall by 3 feet wide, and blooms repeatedly throughout the season. Interestingly, it been known to bloom 2-3 weeks earlier than other English roses. The Olivia Rose Austin rose is reported to be disease free and David Austin himself has described this rose as “possibly the best rose we’ve ever bred.”
This rose was named for David Austin’s granddaughter Olivia Rose Austin and is hardy in USDA Zones 5-10.

The Poets Wife - David Austin English Roses

The Poet’s Wife              Photo by David Austin Roses

The Poet’s Wife has yellow flowers, 4-5 inches in diameter, each with approximately 80 petals. It has a strong Old Rose fragrance and is on Austin’s list of Most Fragrant English roses. The Poet’s Wife’s typically grows 4 feet high by 3-1/2 feet wide but may grow larger in warmer climates. It is a repeat bloomer and the first yellow rose introduced since 2003. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-10.

The Lady of the Lake - David Austin Roses

The Lady of the Lake                  Photo by David Austin Roses

The Lady of the Lake is a rambler that grows to 10-15 feet, perfect for trellises, walls, fences and obelisks. Most ramblers lack fragrance but The Lady of the Lake exudes a strong fresh citrus scent. Its blush pink flowers are 2 inches around with golden stamens in the center of 30 petals. It is hardy in Zones 7-10 and would need winter protection in USDA Zones 6 and colder.

Visit www.davidaustinroses.com for more information about these roses.

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Learn more about David Austin Roses by coming to the 35th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show in Hartford, CT (www.ctflowershow.com) on Saturday February 20, 2016. Mike and I will be presenting our program “David Austin’s English Roses for New England Gardens” developed in concert with David Austin Roses.

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Passionate-Kisses

Passionate Kisses: One of our 25 Favorite Roses

Tempus Fugit…it really does. 2015 has gone by in a blink and now the Christmas season is upon us with the New Year arriving in a few weeks. This means the spring flower shows and the start of our 2016 Lecture Series are right around the corner.
Our entertaining lectures, seminars and workshops are designed to illustrate to every gardener the enjoyment of growing roses. We have developed two new programs recently to add to our repertoire – “Rose Gardening Season by Season” which follows our second book, Rose Gardening Season by Season: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners, published last February. The second program is “12 Great Roses Anyone Can Grow” which identifies 12 attractive easy-care varieties.
RI Flower ShowWe open the season in February with two New England Flower Shows. On February 18, Angelina and I demonstrate basic rose care at the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show and return the following day, February 19, to present “Rose Gardening Season by Season.” (See the complete list of programs, dates and times on the 2016 Lecture Series page. See tab above.)
Ct Flower  Garden Show BannerOn Saturday, February 20 we hit the road to Hartford and the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show with two programs. At 11am we present our “David Austin’s English Roses for New England Gardens”, featuring several new Austin 2016 introductions. And at 2pm Angelina and I reprise our “Twenty-Five Fabulous Roses” program that we introduced last year. A busy weekend.
Boston Flower ShowWe travel north to Beantown on Saturday March 19, to début a special lecture at the Boston Flower and Garden Show called “Rose Gardening Season by Season – Let nature Show the Way.”

 

Olivia Rose

Olivia Rose Austin: 2016 David Austin Introduction       Photo by David Austin Roses

On April 2, in Newport RI at the American Rose Society’s Yankee District Convention, we again present “Twenty-Five Fabulous Roses”. And On April 7, we continue to promote sustainable rose gardening with “12 Great Roses Anyone Can Grow” for the Barrington (RI) Community School.
On June 18, Angelina and I discuss rose-garden basics at the Rhode Island Rose Society’s 18th annual rose show in Wickford, RI. This is a short talk followed by lots of Q and A from the public.
In between all these events our schedule includes visits to garden clubs and other horticultural organizations throughout New England plus time out for a trip to The Netherlands, Belgium and France, making early 2016 another busy season for Angelina and I.
So as one season melds into another, we again look forward to making new acquaintances as well as catching up with old friends, some that we only see once a year. With the New Year also comes the realization that we have been presenting lectures, conducting seminars and leading workshops on all aspects of rose culture for over two decades and yet it never gets old.
We are available to speak at symposiums and conventions and will travel to just about anywhere. We can customize programs and even produce one-of-a-kind presentations. We continue to add bookings throughout the year so keep checking in. As always, if your organization needs a program at the last minute maybe we can help. Contact me at mike@rosesolutions.net.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Mike and Angelina

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The Lady Gardener

The Lady Gardener

If you love fragrant, old-fashioned roses that bloom all season, you may want to consider some of the new introductions from David Austin Roses that will be available to American gardeners this spring. Last year when Mike and I were looking for white roses, we planted Tranquillity, an Austin 2014 US introduction. Since our color taste is moving toward more vibrant colors, especially apricots and peaches, we’re considering adding Austin’s The Lady Gardener with her fragrant blooms of pure apricot.

The Lady Gardener

The Lady Gardener

The Lady Gardener has an intense tea fragrance and is on Austin’s list of Most Fragrant English Roses. The rich apricot blooms produced are large – about 4 “across – and its numerous petals form a rosette flower that appears quartered. It reblooms throughout the season and is ideal for smaller gardens since it has a small habit of about 3½ feet tall and 2½ feet wide. The Lady Gardener will be a great addition to our collection of other apricot and peach colored roses.

Other 2015 North American introductions include:

Maid Marion

Maid Marion

Maid Marion is very fragrant with blooms packed with clear rose pink petals. The flower opens as cup-shaped but when fully open, displays outer paler pink petals that frame the inner darker pink petals in a circular, saucer shape. It has an upright habit, grows to about 3 ft tall and 3 ft wide and provides repeat blooms from spring to fall. This rose is named for the character Maid Marion, made famous in the legend of Robin Hood.

Thomas a Becket

Thomas a Becket

Thomas à Becket has large red flowers with old rose fragrance and a natural and shrub-like growth. Its shallow-cupped blooms display petals from light red to carmine and have a nodding habit that’s typical of many Austin varieties. It can reach a height of 4 ft tall or more and 3 ft. across depending on how it is pruned. David Austin Roses named this rose on behalf of Canterbury Cathedral.

Thomas a Becker

Thomas a Becker

The Albrighton Rambler has small, soft pink flowers with a button eye that bloom in large sprays. It has the potential to grow as tall as 10 to 12 feet or more. While many ramblers bloom only once per season, The Albrighton Rambler will repeat all season. This rose, according to David Austin Roses was “named to commend the Striders, Steppers and Strollers who walk around the village of Albrighton, where our Nursery is located.”

The Albrighton Rambler

The Albrighton Rambler

You can find these roses at David Austin Roses’ web site at http://www.davidaustinroses.com or ask for them at your local nursery or garden center.

All Photos: David Austin Roses

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Tranquillity

Tranquillity

This is the time of year when Mike and I consider what rose varieties we’ll plant in our garden this spring. This past weekend we presented the program “David Austin Roses for New England Gardens” and included the five roses that Austin has introduced in the US for 2014.

With limited space in our garden, but with plans for an additional cottage garden, we’re looking at incorporating at least 2 of David Austin’s new introductions. While pursuing our quest for more white roses, we’ve chosen to add Tranquillity. When we saw the photo of Tranquillity with its pure white flowers each packed with over 100 petals and buds that start out with red and hints of yellow we were ‘gobsmacked.’ In addition to its beautiful blooms, this variety has typical light green foliage and very few thorns with an upright growth habit. Perfect  for our cottage garden. Another plus is its light apple fragrance. Hardy to Zone 5

Heathcliff

Heathcliff

The rich saturated crimson color of Heathcliff with 100 or so petals formed into rosette shaped blooms was enough to convince me that this was another Austin rose I’m putting on my list. This variety, reminiscent of the old red Gallica Roses, has an upright growth with shiny deep green foliage. Hardy to Zone 5

The three other 2014 introductions for the US include:

Boscobel

Boscobel

Boscobel has rosette blooms of salmon to deep pink. It has 78 petals and forms an upright, medium-sized shrub with dark green, glossy foliage. It is described as having a medium to strong myrrth fragrance. Hardy to Zone 5.

Royal Jubilee

Royal Jubilee

Royal Jubilee’s flowers have deeply chalice shaped, deep pink blooms with broad petals that curve inward. It is an Alba hybrid whose growth habit is typical of English Albas. Royal Jubilee, named in celebration of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, has a rich fruity fragrance, and grey-green glossy Alba foliage. Hardy to Zone 5.

The Lark Ascending

The Lark Ascending

The last 2014 introduction is The Lark Ascending described as a different English Rose. Its loosely cupped, soft apricot blooms of 22 petals grow in clusters on a shrub with tall airy growth that can reach 5’. Some of you may recognize the name The Lark Ascending which is taken from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ piece of music which is a favorite of Mr. Austin’s. Many in our audience also recognized the name and were fans of Ralph Vaughan Williams music. Hardy to Zone 5.

It’s always difficult to choose what roses to plant each year and with the introduction of these Austin roses, my wish list grows longer. If only we had unlimited space!

Note: All photos are from David Austin Roses

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Graham Thomas

Each fall Mike and I start thinking about what new varieties to add to our gardens next season.  We’ve decided to increase our David Austin collection and have selected some new Austin varieties to plant in 2013.

Graham Thomas English Box
Best of Class RI Rose Society Rose Show

We already grow some Austin roses including Graham Thomas, one of our all-time favorites. Mike planted Graham, one of Austin’s break-through introductions in 1983, more than 20 years ago as a specimen planting. Every June, Graham is the focal point of our garden – a large (8’ tall and 6’ wide) shrub rose with long arching sprays of tea scented, bright yellow blooms. He’s not only a great garden rose but an impressive exhibition rose, too.  Every year we exhibit Graham Thomas in the Rhode Island Rose Society’s Annual Rose Show. We especially enjoy selecting six identical, fresh blooms to display in an English box, a very popular class in the Rose Show.

Heritage

However, Graham isn’t as disease resistant as we’d like, so he’s not a great sustainable variety as we define the term. But we can recommend a few other older Austin varieties with better disease resistant including Heritage and The Mayflower. We recently asked our friends at David Austin Roses to suggest roses that would grow well in our New England climate and they included them in our newest PowerPoint program.

Lichfield Angel
Photo Credit: David Austin Roses

My favorite rose recommended by Austin Roses for New England Gardens is Lichfield Angel. When I saw the photograph I knew I had to have that rose in our garden. The blooms of Lichfield Angel have 100 petals that start as deep cup-shaped blooms and open into rosettes. It’s described as creamy apricot, but appears to be a creamy white when it’s fully opened. In addition to its beautiful clusters of blooms, Lichfield Angel has a light clove fragrance and its habit – 4’ x 3’ – will fit in our garden. Names of roses interest me, and this rose is named after an 8th century limestone sculptured panel that was discovered in the Lichfield Cathedral near the Austin Nursery in the UK.

Fighting Temeraire
Photo Credit: David Austin Roses

While the petal count, flower form and creamy white color attracted me to Lichfield Angel, Mike was drawn to Fighting Temeraire, an Austin rose that will be introduced in the US in 2013. This apricot rose with bright yellow centers doesn’t look anything like a typical Austin rose. This new introduction is described as a very healthy, vigorous rose that produces large 4” to 5” fully open blooms of about 20 petals – far fewer petals than in most Austin varieties. Mike’s original attraction to the rose came from his interest in the painting, The Fighting Temeraire, by the famous 19th century British artist, Joseph M.W. Turner. We’ll be adding this to our wish list as well.

We’re still adding to our list of rose varieties to try next season. What are some of the roses you’re thinking of planting in your garden?

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