The Teddington Gardener

New Girls on the Block… fresh from David Austin

You might have gathered that it is pretty much Roses All the Way this week and I’ll be showcasing the three new roses from David Austin at Petersham Nurseries this coming Friday, when I’ll be talking about Old-fashioned and English Roses as part of a full weekend of events celebrating their 10th Birthday Celebrations. I hope that there will be a flower or two – more! – so some sunshine please between now and Friday evening…

http://petershamnurseries.com/blog/Petersham-Nurseries-10-Anniversary/

 

From the David Austin website, here are the New Girls on the Block.

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Advanced.asp?PageId=2045

Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake (Ausherbert)
David Austin Recommended Variety

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Flower Type Semi-double
Size Medium/tall Rambler
Hardiness Hardy
Fragrance Medium
Repeating Excellent

When a rose breeder introduces a new climbing or rambling rose, it is always difficult to say just what height it is going to achieve as it takes some time for it to reach its full potential. However, ‘The Lady of the Lake’ promises to grow to a considerable height, perhaps 10 or 12ft or more, with long and slender flexible stems, bearing sprays of pretty, semi-double flowers each about two inches across.  These are of a lovely, delicate blush pink colour and are of open formation, exposing a nice boss of golden stamens.  They are held in attractive sprays and have a fresh citrus fragrance.  This rose repeat flowers regularly throughout the summer.

The ‘Lady of the Lake’ is the name of the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend.  She also plays a pivotal role in Sir Walter Scott’s famous poem of the same name.

Olivia Rose Austin

Olivia Rose Austin (Ausmixture)
David Austin Recommended Variety

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Short/medium Shrub
Hardiness Hardy
Fragrance Strong
Repeating Excellent

We have named this rose after the daughter of David Austin Junior, so it has to be something rather special!  It is, in fact, possibly the best rose that we have introduced to date.  Its flowers are of beautiful Old Rose formation, commencing as prettily cupped buds and gradually opening to become shallowly cupped rosettes of three and a half inches across; being attractive at all stages.  The colour is a lovely soft shade of pink and it has a strong, pleasing fragrance with distinct fruity tints.  The growth is vigorous and it repeat-flowers well.  The foliage is of typical shiny Leander type.  It is also one of the most disease-resistant of all the roses we know.

3 x 2½ft.

The Poet’s Wife

The Poet’s Wife (Auswhisper)
David Austin Recommended Variety

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Medium Shrub
Hardiness Hardy
Fragrance Strong
Repeating Excellent

This rose fits in well with our English Old Rose Hybrids, even though it has a little of the Leander group in its genetic make-up.  This shows up in its rather shiny foliage.  It is a superb rose with flowers of an unfading, strong yellow.  Their formation is most pleasing, having a neat outer ring of petals enclosing an informal group of petals within.  The growth is low and naturally rounded, making it an ideal rose for a position towards the front of the border.  There is a rich fragrance with strong lemon tints at first, becoming sweeter and stronger with age.

4 x 3ft.

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