>Bloomin Friday – "Benjamin Britten"


Benjamin Britten – David Austin English Rose

I love the Orange/Red coloring of this rose. It also has tiny strands of yellow near the stamen.

The obverse seems to turn white as it ages, which makes it all the more interesting.

The blooms pictured here survived last Friday’s hailstorm

and 2 more days of rain before this picture was made on Wednesday.

Most roses would have fallen apart by then.
This rose is new to my garden and is still settling in.
Can’t wait to see what it does once acclimated.


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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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7 Responses to >Bloomin Friday – "Benjamin Britten"

  1. grouchy says:

    >Chris, does it hold up in full sun?


  2. >Chris it's nice to see a blooming intact Benjamin Britten rose; mine was just served as a main course for some emboldened deer. Must have thought my front walk was the yellow brick road to his/her buffet line, apparently they were correct. 😉


  3. Jeannie B. says:

    >This is a beautiful , beautiful Rose!


  4. Lona says:

    >Ewww, hail. It can really knock off the petals so I am glad to see this beautiful rose made it through. Have a Blessed Easter.


  5. >Your Benjamin Britten is a beautiful rose. My climbers are beginning to bloom. I will post some pictures when they are full on. I have a pair of red climbing blaze roses arching over my front porch and a climbing pink New Dawn that swallows my garage. Along a back fence are a row of red Knockouts that are as high as your head.A question. We are having a nice 12' by 16' pergola built over one side of a deck behind the house. I want to plant vines to cover the top and am debating what to use. Prime candidates include wisteria, clematis, trumpet vine, honeysuckle and climbing rose. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. It needs to be low maintenance as I am physically limited. Any suggestions? Remember that it gets hotter than blue blazes here in the summer.


  6. >Dear Chris, I was so happy to learn your Benjamin Britten survived the hail storm! What a beauty! Have a blessed Easter. P.


  7. >Jim: I have two planted side by side. They are in full sun all day. Most Austins like less than that. Time will tell.Bill: As you know I am partial to roses, so I would suggest "Climbing Pinkie" or even "Sea Foam" a white climber. They are vigirous growers in the hot sun. The honeysuckle on the hill behind my house is blooming now and would be my next choice. Let me know what you decide.


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