I am back in the land of roses. The tradesmen have gone. It has rained and today we are showcasing another David Austin beauty. Life is good.
This week’s Rose of the Week is a little delicate rose by the name of Miss Alice.
Miss Alice is a rose that can be easily missed by a person like me who thinks there is a lot to be said for the expression ‘big is beautiful’, for Miss Alice is a tiny thing. The bush grows no more than 0.6m x 0.6m and the foliage is light and delicate. This makes Miss Alice perfect for the front of a garden bed or for those living in small, compact spaces who love roses but are wary of planting them for fear of being attacked by long, thorny canes. Rest assured, Miss Alice stays small and compact. She would also be perfect in a pot on a balcony.
But how could I bypass a rose of such beauty? Miss Alice regularly bears large soft pink rosette-shaped blooms, with closely packed petals. The outer petals gradually turn a pale delicate pink which spreads over the whole flower as it ages.
Miss Alice has a magnificent old-rose perfume. Imagine opening your balcony door to be greeted by a waft of wonderful old-rose perfume. Miss Alice can do it for you. David Austin notes that there is also a hint of lily-of-the-valley, though I am not discerning enough to notice it.
David Austin has classified Miss Alice into the Old Rose Hybrid Group. I have 10 roses in this group including Mary Rose, Redoute and Prospero which have already featured on Rose of the Week. As I have mentioned before, the Old Rose Hybrid Group of roses are the result of David Austin crossing early summer-flowering Old Roses with modern Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses with the idea of combining the best characteristics of both.
Miss Alice was named after Miss Alice de Rothschild who created a beautiful rose garden at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England.
Miss Alice was introduced by David Austin in 2002.