“Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown, Come in the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone; And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad, And the musk of the rose is blown” -Alfred Lord Tennyson
For Christmas, a dear gardening friend gave me a ‘must have’ book. It is David Austin’s The English Roses – Classic Favorites and New Selections. Special photographs by Howard Rice and Andrew Lawson. The information for this post is from this book.
Perhaps you remember Elton John singing about the English rose at Diana’s funeral. David Austin is responsible for the English Rose. He began breeding roses in the 1950’s. His goal was to combine the beauty and shrubbery of the old roses with the repeat flowering abilities and color of Modern Roses. The difference between English Roses and contemporary roses is in their flower shape and their growth habit. On my pergola, I am growing ‘Heritage,’ an Austin Rose. If you look on my blog post for Rosemary Verey, you will see the sweet pink color of this rose. I have also grown the gorgeous yellow rose that is called “Graham Thomas.” Here in North Carolina the Austin Roses flourish, often growing larger than touted. All roses have their faults and people’s tastes are a part of their selection for their gardens. I have grown as many as thirty hybrid tees and they needed constant care. I was lucky enough to have a professional service to spray them. They were a dream to cut and arrange in favorite containers, but the care and expense is definitely a consideration. If you haven’t tried a David Austin Rose, you will be rewarded with less care and beautiful flowers. In my English garden I am proud to show off my English Rose.
(Thank you Google Images for the photographs I am including with this post.)