Polish Spirit

Clematis Beautiful Bride Large white blooms (an early lemon stripe develops into pure white) and very free flowering. Already winning many awards and with such a name (or despite it), I think it will do well. Even the young plants I saw today are crowded with open flowers and long buds. It is a new-ish…

Introducing the circle…

More David Austin roses, this time in a novelty circular themed gallery. Not entirely sure about the presentation - hardly Fornasetti - then again it could be developed into a range of tableware? Get me David Austin HQ! Wollerton Old Hall, Morning Mist, Teasing Georgia (l-r, top) Teasing Georgia, Crown Princess Margareta, A Shropshire Lad…

Crown Princess Margareta

Staying with David Austin Roses for a moment here, with Crown Princess Margareta, introduced in 1999 and why not refer to the RHS Encyclopedia of Roses once more too? "It is sometimes said that David Austin's latest English Roses are very like his earlier ones. Crown Princess Margareta however, shows how consistent has been the…

Scepter’d Isle

A rose introduced by David Austin in 1996, with sprays of cupped flowers showing off the stamens within. The strong fragrance is sweet and pervasive, a good example of the English myrrh note, first introduced with Constance Spry - referring to Myrrhis odorata and therefore an aniseed complex, a hint of Pernod perhaps? "A neat…