Everything’s Coming Up Roses: David Austin

David Austin, is the founder of the rose company that breeds quality roses with an emphasis on maintaining scent and beauty as well as being capable of lasting the British weather. Based in Shropshire, the company is now run mainly by Austin’s son, David Austin Junior.

When I went recently, I was greeted at the entrance by rows and rows of rose flowers,   I looked a bit into the history and discoverd that Austin’s first commercially available rose, ‘Constance Spry’, was introduced in 1961. Later on in 1967 and 1968 he introduced ‘Chianti’ and ‘Shropshire Lass’ respectively. Austin’s roses soon became the most successful group of new roses in the twentieth century. He has won fourteen gold medals at Chelsea including their 2015 garden according to their website www.davidaustinroses.com .
Some of the Gold medals he has won for Chelsea Gardens

When I was at their gardens I took a close-up look at some of the stunning roses that have won them prizes over the years, many have been seperately awarded for excellence.

I feel the pink ‘Dark Lady’ rose to the right is just the essence of perfection and I have to say it smelt divine.
For a much gentler, English country garden look, this blush rose would not look out of place.
David Austin has also created many hybrids and tea-roses, according to their catalogue it takes them about eight years to breed one of their new varieties.

Each colour is grouped so you can compare easily, they also sell complimentary flowers that would fit with the rose of your choice to create the bed of your dreams.

Mid way through I decide to flick through the catalogue in the cafe, with a latte and a toasted tea-cake. Turns out, not only does Austin sell stunning roses but the company also have a line of chinaware and other extras one might want for a kitchen.
Irresistable scent, irresistable beauty
A field of sunshine in the Lion Garden
The Lion statue
A view from the Renaissance garden
The Renaissance garden – it almost looks like it is out of an old country home. Many of the roses they do sell are named after homes such as Alnwick Castle.
Perfect confetti for a spring/summer wedding

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