Sharifa Asma


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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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

Winchester Cathedral


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


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

Scepter’d Isle


David Austin has classified Scepter’d Isle as an English Musk Rose.  Roses in this classification are related to the old Noisette and Hybrid Musk Roses.

The English Musk Roses’ growth tends to be pale green, with slender smooth  branches.  The flowers have a delicate appearance and exquisite formation. Continue reading

Mary Rose

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Mary Rose is a David Austin Rose which he has classified into the group, Old Rose Hybrids.  The Old Rose Hybrids are the original English Roses.   They are the result of crossing the early summer-flowering Old Roses with modern Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses with the idea of combining the best characteristics of both.  In the case of Mary Rose, this crossing has been a total success as Mary Rose has the charm of an Old Rose, with the reliable repeat-flowering habit of a modern Hybrid Tea or Floribunda.

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