In the pink – The Albrighton Rambler

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The Albrighton Rambler – a repeat flowering rambling rose introduced this year by David Austin.

This was always going to be my favourite of this year’s clutch of new roses from rose breeder, David Austin – a rarity amongst rambling roses, one that flowers several times (repeatedly) in the season (and not just once, a grand Ta-Dah! sometime in June or July with maybe a further hum drum appearance come autumn). Here we are in November and there are flowers and buds in waiting.

One thing, it was heralded as a pink rose and it has only been as the days shorten and the temperatures cool, that anything approaching pink has touched the petals. Until recently, creamy white has been the order of the day – no reproach here  – but the delicate blush pink is beautiful.

The flowers, about the size of a ten pence piece, and a small stack of them at that, are flat fronted and intricately petalled, held wide on long flower-stalks, giving individual flowers room to breathe – and to show off – these are miniature Old Rose forms, rather than the more usual, informal, constructions (held admittedly, very often in huge sprays).

Now a member of an exclusive group of repeat flowering rambler – Malvern Hills (eggy-yellow and cream) and Snowgoose (pure white, daisy pompoms on huge, hyrdrangea like sprays) from the David Austin stable are both notable and The Albrighton Rambler makes this a hat-trick.

Rambling roses, whatever their flower power, are generally impressively healthy specimens, tolerant of poorer soils, some shade, and useful for scrambling through trees and over buildings and for covering large expanses of wall. Flowers tend to be small and held in large sprays. The Albrighton Rambler is a vigorous new introduction but not a monster – 3-4 metres tall, perhaps a little more.

There is a large rusted metal gazebo in a new garden I’m planning that is crying out for it (teamed so far with Constance Spry) and I’m sure it will become a firm favourite in many future gardens too.

From the David Austin website

The Albrighton Rambler (Ausmobile)

Category Climbing and Rambler Roses
(Rambler Roses)
Bred By David Austin
Flower Type Semi-double
Size Short Rambler
Hardiness Very hardy
Fragrance Light
Repeating Good

We have only introduced two repeat-flowering ramblers so far – ‘Snow Goose’ and ‘Malvern Hills’ – and so we are very excited to be introducing a third. Unlike most ramblers that have single or semi-double flowers, ‘The Albrighton Rambler’ has small, cup-shaped, perfectly formed flowers of softest pink that pale to blush. The petals are beautifully arranged with a little button eye; the overall appearance being one of exceptional prettiness and charm. The blooms are held in large sprays and hang gracefully on the branch. As it repeat flowers well, we expect it to reach a height of around 10 or 12ft or perhaps more. It is an exceptionally healthy variety that will do well with little attention and the flowers are not affected by rain. There is a light musky fragrance typical of the Sempervirens hybrids.

Named to commend the Striders, Steppers and Strollers who walk around the village of Albrighton, where our Nursery is located.

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