Sharifa Asma

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It seem like ages since I wrote a post and it is ages since I wrote one of my Rose of the Week posts.  I was very slack last year.  I dropped the ball.  I got it into my head that no one was interested in my rose posts so I lost interest in them.  This is notwithstanding every day a number (and some days a large number) of my rose photos are copied and the posts are regularly visited.

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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

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

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

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