Day 13 – National Rose Month

‘Mary Rose’ – David Austin English Rose
Among the most popular of Mr. Austin’s roses, once in your garden you’ll see why. It was my first Austin to bloom and if deadhead, will re-bloom very quickly all throughout the season.

'Mary Rose' David Austin English Rose

As you can see, this has a classic english rose form and has a very sweet fragrance that so many of us yearn for in other modern varieties.

'Mary Rose' David Austin English Rose

 Many do not recommend it for cutting and belive the blooms are best left on the bush. I tend to disagree. Any rose worth growing is worth sharing, and so I cut mine and share liberally.

'Mary Rose' - Brightens our breakfast table

As you can see, cut stems of this rose are very pleasing in a vase and is a welcome addition to our breakfast room table.

'Mary Rose' Shines in our garden

As for disease resistance, I believe it to be very good. You must remember that english roses take a minute (3 years) to really get acclimated in your garden. They need to put down a good root system before they really begin to shine.

If I could recommend just one Austin, it would be this one. Why not give one a try? It’s National Rose Month! Celebrate by planting a rose.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

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 and on his popular website;, 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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4 Responses to Day 13 – National Rose Month

  1. Susan Hemann says:

    I just love that rose. Exactly what I’m looking for. I love English roses, so romantic.


  2. Lara Lewis says:

    Oooh that’s one that is on my wish list for next spring. Simply beautiful!


  3. Masha says:

    Thank you for the recommendation. I know it does pretty well here in California, too. Some of the earlier Austins are really the best.


  4. Dear Chris, I’ve found your new blog site and I love it — so clean and simple with large photos. This David Austin is stunning. As you know, I love my Lichfield Angel. Like the nice touch with the teapot. I’ll be back. P. x


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