Patience will be rewarded

Princess Alexandra of Kent, a David Austin introduction from 2007, large flowers in glowing pink with scalloped outer petals and a rich fragrance. The first decent bloom at Syon.Darcey Bussell tried hard, but a poor first attempt, and the solitary flower from Kew Gardens, well!Good things come to those who wait.

Bold & Brilliant

It is almost tulip time, given the speed at which spring seems to be accelerating just now. Magnolia blossom has exploded in our gardens and cherry blossom isn't far behind. I planted up 15 litre containers last autumn with Red Apeldoorn, bright-pink Barcelona, lily- flowered-bright-orange Ballerina, sultry-dark- plum Ronaldo, tall-red Doll's Minuet, white-becoming-intensely violet-purple Shirley's…

Lady Emma Hamilton

Lady Emma Hamilton. The buds of this English Rose, bred by David Austin and introduced in 2005, are red with orange flashes. The fully opened flowers are a rich mix of tangerine orange and gold and the whole is set off by dark, bronzy-green foliage which becomes dark green with age. This unusual colour combination…