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There were a few reasons why I decided to do the Rose of the Week series but the number one reason was to stop and take stock of the roses I have, to find out a bit about each one and, most importantly, to take time to appreciate their beauty.  There are always jobs to do, both in Perth and Bridgetown.  There is, literally, no time to smell the roses.  These posts make me stop and look and smell.  I sometimes only realise their beauty after I have taken the photos and am examining them to work out which ones to include and why.

So it was with Troilus.  I can honestly say I have never really noticed it before I picked a bud for this post.  It is a very me rose so I can see why I bought it but, clearly, there are bigger and louder roses in the garden demanding my attention. Continue reading


Lordly Oberon

IMG_1980 copyLordly Oberon could be a perfect rose.  I love the soft pink colouring of its blooms and I love their deep, cupped shape and beautiful fragrance.

I love that the bush is tall (mine is about 2.5 metres) and, virtually, disease free.  I also love that the beautiful flowers are produced in abundance on tall, arching canes above the foliage.  I love the fact that this makes its blooms, on their long stems, excellent in the vase. Continue reading


IMG_1937 copyProspero is a David Austin Rose which he has classified into the group, Old Rose Hybrids.  In his book, The English Roses, Austin explains that he has classified the original English Roses (David Austin Roses) into this group.  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: the repeat flowering and wide colour range of modern roses with the unique beauty and natural shrubby growth of old roses. Continue reading

Pat Austin

Although I prefer my roses pink, this one is pretty special.  It is the rose that convinced me to have an apricot bed.

Pat Austin has a magnificent flower.  The petals are dark copper on the inside and pale copper/gold on the outside.  As the flowers are large and deeply cupped, the blooms show off both colours at the same time which gives a beautiful effect. Continue reading


Heritage is beautiful.  Its flower is close, for my taste, to perfection. If your tastes lend themselves to old world chiffon pink roses, this one is for you.

This rose if full of old world charm.  It has a delicate, shell-like beauty and delightful old world fragrance. The blooms are perfectly cupped with petals that crowd the centre of the bloom. Continue reading

Radio Times

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.

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