Jude the Obscure
One of David Austin’s finest I think, Jude the Obscure has a beautiful form, subtle colouring and a zesty scent of citrus and exotic fruits (in the style of Lady Emma Hamilton – have I mentioned that she’s my favourite? Referencing Bruce Forsyth!) The flash of pink is from Gertrude Jekyll, no slacker on the fragrance front, with a powerful Old Rose scent that is unmatched in the Austin catalogue… A large shrub or small climber, this rose will perfume your garden even if nothing else has a scent! Some roses keep their fragrances close, and you have to bring the bloom up to your nose (or vice versa) – no need with Gertrude – the air will be heavy with delicious perfume..
From the horses mouth (www.davidaustinroses.com)
Jude the Obscure(Ausjo)
|(English Rose Collection)
||Particularly strong and delicious fragrance
A great favourite of many gardeners. ‘Jude the Obscure’ is very free-flowering, bearing very large, incurved, chalice-shaped flowers. The petals are medium yellow on the inside and pale yellow on the outside. Its award-winning fragrance is extremely strong with a delicious fruity note reminiscent of guava and sweet white wine, which delights all who smell the flower. An excellent short shrub with strong, upright, bushy growth and light green leaves. We recommend planting it near to the house or close a seating area or path, where its delicious perfume can be enjoyed at close quarters. In warmer climates it can be trained as a superb climber. Named after the character in Thomas Hardy’s novel of the same name.
3.5 ft x 4 ft.
I must find some more words for perfume, scent, fragrance – redolent, ambrosial, aromatic… smelly. Gilly Goolden where are you..