Years ago, when I didn’t know much about roses – I still don’t really – I asked my colleague, Tiffany, to choose 2 David Austin roses for me as I wanted a row of 8 standards along the front of my garden. She chose Heritage and Radio Times. She chose well. The standards are easily 3 metres high and make a striking statement from spring until autumn. Radio Times is the stronger and bolder of the 2.
David Austin advises that Radio Times grows well in warm dry climates. I can vouch for that. In Perth, where the weather is usually hot and dry throughout summer, it thrives. It is virtually disease free being susceptible only to a small amount of black spot in spring – but certainly nothing to worry about.
Radio Times is a prolific flowerer. It flowers in Perth and in the south-west from October to June. The blooms are rosette shaped and a clear, rich pink.
Radio Times’ only down fall – and it is a major one – is that it is prickly as all hell. Be warned, if you want to pick a flower for your vase, it is sure to make you pay a price. Come pruning time, one is well advised to wear gloves and protective clothing and still the strong thorns are sure to get you.