Leander

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I have often mentioned the Leander Group of roses.  Now is the time to meet the rose after which the group was named.

David Austin decided to develop a group of roses that, whilst their flowers were of the old rose type, their foliage and growth had more modern rose character.  For this purpose, he turned to the modern climbers related to the Wichurana ramblers, by way of New Dawn.  He decided on Aloha (bred by Boerner in 1949) as the foundation parent for the Group. Continue reading

Tuscan Sun

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Tuscan Sun  is a modern Floribunda rose with large flowers that are carried in small clusters.  It has deep apricot buds that open to stunning high-centred blooms of hybrid tea form.  They are bronze/orange/apricot in the centre with coppery pink outer petals.  They finish a coppery pink.  The blooms are 10 cm wide, have 25 petals and are borne on long, strong stems which makes them perfect for the vase.  As a bonus, they last well as a cut flower. Continue reading

Caramella

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Caramella (aka Caramel Fairy Tale) is a member of the Kordes’ Fairy Tale rose series.  Fairy Tale Roses are Kordes’ answer to David Austin. The plants carry heavily double blooms on vigorous, easy-to-care-for shrubs, with great disease resistance. Betty Cuthbert, last week’s Rose of the Week, is part of the series, as is Pomponella.

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Betty Cuthbert

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It is time to start the Rose of the Week posts again.  I have been a bit lax and the first spring flush has all but gone.  There is always so much to do in spring I seem to miss it every year.  My rose garden is about 200 metres from our house so I have to make an effort to go and see it and I never seem to.  There is always something that needs to be done and no time to be wandering aimlessly through roses.  The other day, as we were leaving Bridgetown, I said to Maus, “I have to get a rose photo.” Continue reading

Pierre De Ronsard, looking stunning

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I am back in Perth.  I did my back in and Jules acquired a limp, so he was off to the vet and I was off to the masseur and chiropractor.  Normally this would make for a grumpy Glenda, but when I arrived to see this beautiful sight, my spirits lifted.  I quickly grabbed the camera and snapped away.  I need not have acted so swiftly.  It is even more beautiful now. Continue reading

Winchester Cathedral

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As with Redoute, Winchester Cathedral is a sport of Mary Rose.

Most books say that Winchester Cathedral is identical to Mary Rose in every way except colour.  One book did say, however, that Winchester Cathedral is more susceptible to black spot than Mary Rose.  I have not noticed this trait. Continue reading

Mariana

020copy I am going to have trouble with this post because, to be honest, I don’t know much anything about Mariana.  I presume I acquired this rose the year I went through a rose catalogue and bought nearly all the ‘apricot’ roses in it.  As it turns out, Mariana is not my kinda rose, but every rose in my garden is going to have its moment of glory and, this week, it is Mariana’s turn.  I have just checked out the current catalogue of the nursery in question and Mariana is no-where to be seen.

Anyway, I will do my best.  Mariana is a Hybrid Tea rose.  The blooms can just about be described as variable in colour.  They are, in part, orange, deep coral and deep yellow.  The blooms are typical hybrid tea-shaped, semi-cupped, with a high centre.  The petals, however, are quite distinctive, as some are ruffled along the edges.  There is no perfume. Continue reading

The Prince

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The Prince is another David Austin beauty.

You just have to love the colour of this rose.  It is a magnificent deep, deep crimson.  David Austin advises in his book , English Roses, that Graham Thomas believed The Prince to be the first variety of this shade to be introduced since 1840.  It is a colour more characteristic of old Gallicas than modern roses. Continue reading