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…

A fragrance by any other name

Jude the Obscure - with a strong citrus scent, fruity, with guavas and white wine This article is by Robert Calkin, originally published in The Royal National Rose Society Historic Rose Journal Autumn 2013. If you are not a member of the Historic Rose Group, articles such as these are just one reason to join!…

Summer Song in November

David Austin rose, Summer Song, flowering today, showcasing a dazzlingly deep sunset red. Roses are of course, mainstays of the summer garden but many varieties, even reluctant repeat flowering kinds, often put on superb Autumn displays (and this goes for shrubs, climbers and some ramblers). Following on from such a beautifully warm and sunny summer,…

Super Nova – Summer Song

English Rose, Summer Song, from David Austin Now here we have a rose with attitude! Quite unmistakeable among the catalogue of softer colours and quite distinct from the other 'orange' roses created by David Austin - Lady Emma Hamilton (of course), Pat Austin, Lady of Shalott. It is a rangy plant, even needing some support…

Thank you, Mr Austin

Friday Gallery - Roses from David Austin If there have ever been any complaints that there is no variety in English Roses, look again! My Friday Album is all about David Austin Roses, showcasing just a little of the wide spectrum of colour, form (and not forgetting fragrance) within their catalogue - and these are just…

Variations on a theme – blue & orange

Summer Song with Agapanthus Northern Star Orange and blue, again, though this time the star attraction is another David Austin rose, Summer Song. A rangy plant with arching growth and flowers of a strong burnt orange colour, reminiscent, they say, of a tropical sunset. Sigh.

Orange Orange Orange Orange! …Orange!

Plenty of oranges here, but not the flower of a rose called Piccolo, so that I can demonstrate how perfectly, classily, the bloom co-ordinates with the new mahogany-red foliage. A gallery with hybrid teas, some Austin roses (English Roses), some others, in shades of eye-popping and spacehopper, through sunset, copper and red-gold, apricots and peach.…