Wednesday, November 12, 2008

David Austin Roses

When I lived at my old house I had many different roses. After 2 yrs. in the new house I miss them so much! My favorites were my David Austin Roses. Below I am sharing the pick for 2009.

Claire Austin (Ausprior)
David Austin Recommended Variety

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin Roses
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Hardiness Hardy
Fragrance Strong
Repeating Excellent

There is something a little special about white roses – they are all purity and light – and yet really good white roses are rare among English Roses and Hybrid Tea Roses alike. This is because white roses are very difficult to breed. ‘Claire Austin’ bears pleasingly cupped buds of a pale lemon shade which gradually open to form large, creamy-white flowers of typical English Musk delicacy; their petals perfectly arranged in concentric circles, with a few more loosely arranged in the centre. They have a strong fragrance based on myrrh with dashes of meadowsweet, vanilla and heliotrope. It forms an elegant, arching shrub with plentiful, medium green foliage. Strong and particularly healthy. Undoubtedly our finest white rose to date.

Claire Austin is David Austin’s daughter. She has a nursery in the UK which specialises in hardy plants, including the country’s finest collection of irises, peonies and day lilies.

4.5 ft. x 4 ft. or 8 ft. as a climber.