Day 15 – National Rose Month



L.D. Braithwate – David Austin English Rose

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6 Responses to Day 15 – National Rose Month

  1. He’s a handsome thing!


  2. Larry says:

    Now this is spectacular! I’m getting away from roses in my gardens in order to cut back on maintenance chores since they pretty much all need extensive pruning in the spring in this climate (as in to the ground)…. however, if these David Austin cultivars were hardy enough, I might have reconsidered, but I haven’t heard of many having very good results with them here. However… again I say … spectacular!! Larry


    • Larry, Thanks for stopping by. It takes Austins about 3 years to settle in my garden. After that, they have proved to be quite hardy and disease resistant. With upwards of 80 roses now growing here, I feel ya when you mention maintenance. It is a daily activity to be sure. For me, it is a labor of love.


  3. Lara Lewis says:

    I was *just* looking at this rose wondering if I wanted to add it to my garden next year. Thank you for the great post!


    • This is probably the most vibrant red I have seen on an Austin, very nice bright yellow stamens and a light scent. This is the second year for this rose in my garden and it is doing well.


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