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New English Roses from David Austin

The name David Austin is synonymous with beautiful, fragrant roses and this year's new introductions are no exception. Due to be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018, we have a sneak preview to whet your appetite.

Tottering-by-Gently (Auscartoon)

Named to celebrate the 25th anniversary year of Annie Tempest's classic weekly cartoon in Country Life Magazine, which depicts the capers of Dicky and Daffy Tottering with a tongue-in-cheek humour that gently observes the social perspectives of the day. The rose has masses of single yellow flowers, in large, open sprays. Each has a boss of golden yellow stamens and pales slightly as it ages. The fragrance is described as light and musky, with a hint of orange peel. Repeat-flowering throughout the summer (more if dead-headed regularly) and tolerant of rain, this forms a large, rounded shrub.

Emily Brontė (Ausearnshaw)

This rose was named following a request by The Brontė Society to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the novelist. Sister to Charlotte and Anne, she wrote the much-loved classic, Wuthering Heights, which was published in 1847, just a year before her untimely death at the age of 30. The distinctive flowers of this rose are exceptionally beautiful, strongly fragrant and produced freely from early summer until autumn. Each bloom is soft pink with a subtle apricot hue, the smaller central petals deepening to rich apricot. The fragrance is described as Tea, aging to Old Rose with hints of lemon and grapefruit. It forms a tall, bushy shrub with strong, upright growth and the young foliage is red-tinted.

The Mill on the Floss (Austulliver)

Named after the novel by George Eliot, first published in 1860, a story that centres around the fiercely-intelligent Maggie Tulliver and her beloved brother Tom. As Maggie matures, she struggles to reconcile Tom's bourgeois standards with the provincial attitudes of the community in which she lives and her own desires. This free-flowering rose has large clusters of small, neat, deeply-cupped blooms on arching stems. Initially mid-pink verging on lilac-pink, they pale as they open and reveal their carmine edges. The fragrance is sweet and fruity. The plant forms a bushy shrub with glossy foliage and red-tinted new growth.

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This story was published on: 10/03/2018

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