The Teddington Gardener

Thomas a Becket – new to David Austin 2013/14

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My first flower from the 2013/14 David Austin Rose, Thomas à Becket.

I am glad that DAR admit that it is a difficult rose to photograph – it was! To capture the richness of the red, with bright pink/carmine tones, all but this one of my picture rang an off-note.

David Austin, in their website, write of this new introduction…

Thomas à Becket (Auswinston)

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Medium Shrub
Hardiness Very hardy
Fragrance Medium
Repeating Good
This is a variety of very different character from the general run of English Roses, being rather closer to the Species Roses than to the Old Roses and more natural and shrubby in growth. The individual flowers can best be described as shallowly cupped, opening as informal rosettes; the petals quickly reflexing as the flowers age. They are held in medium-sized heads; the individual blooms nodding attractively on the stem. They have an Old Rose fragrance with a strong lemon zest character. The colour is difficult to describe or even photograph: the best we can say is an attractive light red paling to carmine red. This variety is best used where an informal shrub is required. A particularly strong and healthy variety. 4 x 3ft or more, according to pruning.

We were asked to name this rose for Canterbury Cathedral and were very pleased to do so.

Now I need some flowers on the three other roses introduced this year. The Lady Gardener, Carolyn Knight and The Albrighton Rambler…

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