Pink is the new Orange

Having been told this week by a customer that 'they never knew they liked orange so much', (there were lots of Ballerina tulips this spring, and much Geum in flower in her garden now), I think it is time to consider my 'relationship' with Orange. Maybe not give it up - the gorgeous David Austin…

May I present Lady Emma Hamilton…

To quote Bruce Forsyth, "You're my favourite". My favourite David Austin rose, Lady Emma Hamilton. If Mr Austin wanted to extend the colour range of the Old Roses (out of pink, more pink, white, purple) into new territory, he must be proud of this rose - a molten tangerine-orange exterior with a pure gold interior,…

Split personalities

One plant, two roses. David Austin rose, Winchester Cathedral Winchester Cathedral, the white, is a 'sport' of an old David Austin favourite, Mary Rose. A sport (in a nutshell) is a spontaneous mutation, identical in all outward respects save, in this instance, flower colour, (though it may also, for example, be a climbing sport of…

Lichfield Angel

Lichfield Angel, a David Austin English musk hybrid rose, introduced in 2006. I included five in the Roehampton garden project last year, which ought to make a decent stand in the semi-circular border. If the large planter at Syon today is any comparison, it should develop into a large crown, studded with creamy white blooms.…

Chelsea Quartet

David Austin have launched just four new roses this year at RHS Chelsea, including a repeat flowering rambler, The Albrighton Rambler that, to my mind, will be a best seller for the Shropshire firm. So pretty! So useful...Carolyn Knight is a sport of Summer Song, a rich gold to the parental burnt orange. Thomas a…

Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

A joint visit today, back to Mottisfont Abbey and on to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. This Mottisfont photo gallery taken on a rather damp 21st June last year but looking superb. April cold and then lots of rain held back the flowering of the mostly once-blooming rose collection (the main show was…