Postcards from Shropshire – a first gallery from David Austin Roses at Albrighton

A first look at the Long Garden, mostly, at the eponymous gardens at Albrighton - just a short drive from our base near Shrewsbury and a beautiful, inspirational stop-over on our way to Woodstock. I realised of course today that I have effectively inventories the gardens, as I might once have done to a flat…

A refresher first – and later this week, a return to the remarkable rose gardens at David Austin, Albrighton

2 acres of paradise? david austin roses at their albrighton nursery & gardens – the best display in years methinks! This comment and these photos were from June last year - one of the hottest days of the year but following a decidedly cool Spring. I'm preparing to head back there this Thursday to see…

Time Travel: The Trial Beds at David Austin Roses – A glimpse of the future…

David Austin roses would seem to have the most extensive, comprehensive and probably expensive rose breeding program of any rose nursery in the world (I may be biased but it likely to be true!). After making between fifty thousand and sixty thousand crosses each year - one rose with another and more complicated crosses from…

David Austin at Albrighton – some roses I pruned earlier! (A March Showcase)

A tour around the show gardens at David Austin in Albrighton one bright late March day These photographs were taken in the March at a Design Course run by David Austin, following the course in October that I've just written about. The bare bones of the gardens are laid bare and the winter pruning has…

A Rose Masterclass with David Austin Nurseries (An October Showcase)

Michael Marriott at the David Austin Rose Nursery in Albrighton providing some insights into rose planting, care and pruning on a bright October day a couple of years ago. He is the Technical Director at David Austin, a Rosarian of renown, accomplished designer of rose gardens for the great, grand and good across the globe.…

“I love snorting Roses” – Michael Marriott, Roses & David Austin

More research for a talk later this week and the room here at TG Central is strewn with rose books - thirty of them? Forty? What to include, what to leave out - heading off into all manner of topics and side-alleys and bookmarking pieces to read when I have more leisure.. (when,  exactly?) And then…

Almost, nearly there: David Austin’s finest – the promise of a good year for the roses?

This time last year, nothing. Barely a bud, nothing even closely resembling a flower. The month-long Sub-Zero ºC that was March 2013 put back the roses until July. This year, after a mild winter and some early sunshine (and the possibility of a long warm summer), I think it will be a good year for…