The Rose Garden at Kew. Vital still in November ….

Remember Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, treason and.... Roses? This floriferous rose garden certainly has other ideas about a quiet slide into senescence, leaf-drop and rose-hips - these are flower-packed shrubs with more to come. Colour, fragrance aplenty and fresh, clean leaves in abundance. A remarkable display given it really is November and hardly…

Carolyn Knight, 2013 Introduction from David Austin

Carolyn Knight, David Austin 2013 After a week away exploring Yorkshire, I'm back at Syon today and checking on the progress of the new 2013 introductions from David Austin - Thomas à Becket, The Lady Gardener, The Albrighton Rambler and Carolyn Knight. Thomas is flowering prolifically, even in this heat, and is a joy. I'll attempt…

Thomas a Becket – new to David Austin 2013/14

My first flower from the 2013/14 David Austin Rose, Thomas à Becket. I am glad that DAR admit that it is a difficult rose to photograph - it was! To capture the richness of the red, with bright pink/carmine tones, all but this one of my picture rang an off-note. David Austin, in their website, write…

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…

David Austin’s 2013/14 introductions

No photographs yet, but I am reliably informed that my order has been placed for the four new varieties being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week. What timing! Sadly, no Cheslea ticket for me, though I have set the video to record each hour-long daily BBC show, Monday through Saturday next week. Just…

David Austin roses – introductions 2012/13 and … 2013/14

Tranquility, The Lark Ascending, Boscobel and Heathcliff- four of the five new roses introduced by David Austin last year. Apart from Albrighton Rambler, whose appearance we might better be able to guess (and is likely to repeat flower..?), the other 2013/14 additions, Carolyn Knight, Thomas A Becket and The Lady Gardener will have to remain…