First Bloom – Anna’s Promise – Downton Abbey Rose

Last autumn I shared with you the news that our friends at Weeks Roses were introducing a line of roses dedicated to the popular BBC television series Downton Abbey. Anna’s Promise is the first rose from that collection and I am very lucky to have been able to gotten a few shrubs for my own garden. It is a grandiflora, which typically likes to bloom tall, so I’ll let her gain some height and see how she does….


First Bloom – Anna’s Promise – Grandiflora

Thus far, a healthy shrub that is growing quickly and I am excited about the prospect for this rose in my garden.

Anna - Downton Abbey Photo Credit: NICK BRIGGS.

Anna – Downton Abbey
Photo Credit: NICK BRIGGS.


Roses are fun and easy to grow. This roses also has a mild fragrance, which is a big plus for me.

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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7 Responses to First Bloom – Anna’s Promise – Downton Abbey Rose

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  3. elenawill says:

    What a great color bloom!


  4. Rebekah says:

    So cute! I know I’m jumping the gun but I can’t wait to see what roses they connect to the rest of the cast 😀
    Thanks for sharing Chris
    I had two blooms tie for first in my garden a Mr. Bluebird seedling and strawberry Crush….. everyone else has a way to go.


  5. Reblogged this on beautifulgardener and commented:
    For all of you Downton Abby fans! This is a great post about the rose, Anna’s Promise..


  6. Lovely, Chris. Anna is one of my most favourite characters on DA. But Maggie smith still takes the cake, with those one-liners….


  7. Lona says:

    What a beautiful color Chris. I love grandiflora roses because the love to bloom. Have a wonderful weekend.


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