This weekend saw the first anniversary of some great friends, whose wedding took place in their beautiful garden in New Jersey. To celebrate their love, and love of all things English, then I sent them three beautiful roses from David Austin, after a wonderful afternoon at their nursery wandering round, looking and smelling.
I didn’t choose by theme that time, but for this post, I am choosing by food and drink connections, as I’ve never chosen a bad rose yet from their collections.
Champagne Moment – for any kind of celebration, this is described as starting as apricot and paling with age to creamy white. Like a good champagne, it develops and changes.
Chianti – this apparently was David Austin’s first red rose, it’s really rich and deep in colour, like the wine. It also has a strong old rose fragrance, so a delicious choice for a fragranced garden.
Grouse 2000 – laughing slightly that this is a ground cover rose, I’m sure the grouse would like that. Pale pink flowers that turn almost white eventually, it also says it’s very disease resistant, which has to be a good thing.
Ice Cream – I wish I had this one, as it is a pure white, and I’m a Yorkshire girl at heart. I love the description of the fragrance, which is spicy with a hint of a cinnamon. Not what you’d expect from a rose.
Lady of Shalott – oh, ok, tenuous and a dreadful pun. But it’s a beautiful looking rose, a most unusual colour, very vibrant.
Tea Clipper – now, this one really has a good sounding fragrance, apparently of tea mixed with myrhh and fruit, although sometimes it’s apparently entirely citrus scented. Love a bit of a surprise!
What I love about David Austin roses is that you cannot go wrong, they are all beautiful, and you can find something appropriate for every kind of occasion. And it’s a gift that just keeps on going. I’ve always found them incredibly hardy and easy to grow. I’ve got A Shropshire Lad (keep up, it’s a rose) that blooms amazingly well each year, even though I don’t treat it particularly well. If I can grow them, anyone can!