I was delighted to see our first bloom of Winchester Cathedral this morning. I purchased this rose at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale in April. It was in a two quart pot and I left it there until the end of May. I finally planted this rose alongside two shrubs of Mary Rose. Winchester Cathedral is actually a sport of Mary Rose which is a delightful pink rose and the two should blend beautifully together. This first bloom is highly fragrant.
As with all other David Austin roses, this rose needs time to settle into the garden and put down some roots. I will feed it with generous amounts of MooPoo Tea to help establish its root systems and promote growth above ground too.
This rose was named for the breathtaking Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire England. Steeped in history, Queen Mary Tudor (Henry VII’s daughter) married Phillip of Spain in the Cathedral in 1553. Most notable of its departed inhabitants is the beloved Jane Austen. She is interred in the nave with just a simple gravestone that bestows her personal virtues but makes no mention of her writing.
I now have ten shrubs of David Austin roses growing in my garden: (3) Golden Celebration, (1) LD Braithwaite, (1) Belle Story, (2) Mary Rose (1) Winchester Cathedral and (2) Benjamin Britten.