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

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