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May 15 • 2013 • EnglishFlowersPink.CuppedPrunedRose of the Weekbloomsbushyclustersseasonshrub

Rose Of The Week


English Shrub rose 2010   4ft

A new English rose which is a particularly tough and reliable variety of medium size, with flowers of deep glowing pink.  They are shallowly cupped at first; the outer petals eventually reflexing back and revealing an attractive button eye.

'England's Rose' flowers more or less continually from June right through until the end of the season, in October or even November.

The blooms are nicely held in large clusters.   This is a healthy weather resistant rose, even in periods of continual rain the blooms do not ball and the petals drop cleanly.

It will form an attractive, bushy shrub of about 4ft in height and 3ft across, although it could easily grow taller if pruned lightly.

An ideal variety for planting in a rose border or for mixing with perennials.

The fragrance is particularly fine; strong warm and spicy with a classic Old Rose character.


Essential reading for all English Rose enthusiasts.

‘The English Roses’ by David Austin.

Please go to  GARDENERS GIFT SHOP on the main Menu.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




Feb 06 • 2013 • BloomBlushChildHealthPinkRose of the Weekbloomsfloribundafloweringspecial

Rose Of The Week



1997  2ft-2ft 6ins

A superb low growing floribunda with masses of well shaped blooms of blush pink.    Lovely shiny foliage and a good long flowering period. One of our favourite roses as it always seems to be in bloom and has excellent health. The quantity of flowers is quite outstanding.   When this comes into bloom at the nursery it causes plenty of interest and we sell out quite quickly.

A lovely gift for that "Special Child". Scented. Named for CLIC. Children with cancer and leukaemia.

Also known as 'Glacier Magic'

GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2006 SPECIAL CHILD  (Taniripsa) Since 2006 a few roses are selected each year for this prestigious award.   Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties.  Health,  floriferousness,  scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors in the final choice. For further information  please see  Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu.

Bred by Rosen Tantau in Germany 1997 Introduced into the UK 2002

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from. (click below)



Jul 07 • 2012 • BushCharity RosesMercyPinkPottedRosefloribundaplant



Mercy Rose

Mercy Ships UK has released a new ‘Mercy Rose’ potted plant which is now available to buy.

Proceeds from the sales of the potted plant will go towards funding the world’s largest charity hospital ship that provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to the poorest countries in Africa.

The launch of the potted plant follows the success of the initial Mercy Rose bare root plant which was launched last year in August.

These unique pale pink roses have been developed over time to provide a floribunda bush rose that blooms from June to late autumn. A cluster of up to nine buds reveal delicate shell-pink flowers with a fresh, spicy perfume. The Mercy Rose potted plant is now available from Mercy Ships and costs £11.95.

The Mercy Rose is grown by Harkness, specialist rose growers for over 130 years. Funds raised from the sale of the Mercy Rose help pay for the medical care provided on board the Africa Mercy which is currently finishing a six-month field service in Togo, West Africa.

You can acquire either the potted plant or the bare root plant direct from Mercy Ships by calling 01438 727800 or by e-mailing [email protected].

About Us

Imagine a ship crewed by doctors, nurses, water engineers and agriculturalists visiting some of the world’s poorest countries. Now imagine their life-changing services offered free of charge…

Right now dedicated volunteers from around the world are bringing hope and healing to thousands of people who could never have believed it possible. Welcome to Mercy Ships, a compassionate response to a world where many have lost hope

. What we do

Mercy Ships provides free surgery and medical care, and partners with local communities to improve health care, offering training and advice, materials and hands-on assistance.


There are lots of ways that you can support the work of Mercy Ships such as financial donations, fundraising, volunteering and much more. Your support will help Mercy Ships save lives and improve the quality of life for poor people in developing nations.

call 01438 727800 or by e-mailing [email protected].

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



May 27 • 2012 • FamousFrenchPetalsPinkRoseRose NewsSeedlingSocietyWinnergold

Rose News From Around The World



The Most Famous Rose In The World 

Roses often have a story that brings the past to life. While learning about one rose, I discovered a story that explains why my grandmother grew it in her garden.

In 1951, the American Rose Society made Peace the first rose to receive its Gold Medal Award, coinciding with the signing of our treaty of peace with Japan following postwar occupation. Ten years later, more than ?30 million of these rosebushes bloomed worldwide.

But the development of this rose began much earlier, in 1935, as one of 800 seedlings produced in 1935 by French rose breeder Francis Meilland. Of his 800 new roses, 50 were selected and in 1939, Meilland saw the one with creamy ivory petals with pink edges, No. 3-35-?40 and knew he had a winner. The same year, at an international conference of rose hybridizers in France, this was the rose that everyone noticed.

With the beginning of World War II, Meilland realized the fate of his flowers could be in jeopardy so he sent cuttings of his new rose to grower friends in Italy, Germany and the United States. They were reportedly smuggled out of France to the United States just before the Nazi invasion. As the war raged, the rose breeder was cut off from all communications with the outside world.

In the United States, Robert Pyle of the Conard-Pyle Co. was amazed at the blooms on No. 3-35-40 when he propagated more plants from Meilland’s cuttings. Pyle sent them to the American Rose Society for testing. In 1944, after France was liberated, Pyle wrote to tell Meilland that he planned to release the plants once the war ended.

On April 29, 1945, the rose was christened “Peace” at the Pacific Rose Society Annual Exhibition, the very day that Berlin fell to the Allies. Noted for its color, hardiness and disease resistance, Peace revived the hybrid tea rose industry. In 1945, Pyle described it to Meilland as “a glorious rose, its pale gold, cream and ivory petals blending to a lightly ruffled edge of delicate carmine. I am convinced this will be the greatest rose of the century.”

With the formal surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945, the 49 delegates who met to form the United Nations were each presented with a Peace bloom. Peace was named the winner of the All-American Rose Selections Award of Honor in August 1945, and the war ended in Japan.

This rose certainly survived against all odds. Peace remains one of the most celebrated and popular roses in history, still thriving in gardens ?across the world.

This Memorial Day provides an opportunity to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation. It allows us to show support to their loved ones and families. My grandmother knew about that sacrifice firsthand. One son came home from World War II, but one gave his life. And so I now know why she was so fond of this rose. I accompanied her when bouquets were placed on the church altar, taken to the sick and to the bereaved.

While peace in the world may be difficult, peace in the garden is certainly possible. I believe my grandmother found peace in her garden and she made it our place, where she nurtured my love of all things growing.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Rose Facts And Trivia

St Valentine's Day Roses 

Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, but they're certain to be well-received any time of year. But before you buy roses, know what message you're sending.

The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. To ensure that your love understands what the roses you bestow mean, check this guide to rose colors and their meanings:

Red Roses

Red roses proclaim "I love you." They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can't keep up with Valentines Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February.

Yellow Roses Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom -- so don't send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, and new mothers.

Pale Pink Roses Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude.

Light Pink Roses A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness.

Deep Pink Roses Deep pink roses say "Thank you." They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer.

Lilac Roses Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted.

White Roses Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: "I miss you" and "You're heavenly."

Peach Roses Peach roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.

Coral Roses Coral roses express one thing with their passionate colour: Desire.

Orange Roses Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender'.



Dec 18 • 2011 • ColoursFlowerPinkQueen ElizabethRoseRose GardenRose NewsShadedyellow





Queen Elizabeth 

Ever wondered that Mother Teresa, Christian Dior, Queen Elizabeth, and Jawaharlal Nehru all have one thing in common?

They have a type of rose named after them.

A winter rose show has been organized at the National Rose Garden this weekend where all such roses, along with about 50 other varieties, will be on display. The show is being organized by the Rose Society of India.

Institutes across the country have sent in roses of different colours and sizes for the competition, which has about 22 categories. - that are on display. within a big, white tent. There are roses so massive that it would be hard to fit them in both palms, and then there are the tiny ones barely an inch wide. Even the colours on display are spectacular - white with pink edges, orange and pink-shaded roses, white with speckles of yellow and pink, and beautiful coral roses, among others.

Forget the standard colours - red, pink, yellow and white - that are normally seen at flower shops, there is a multitude of different shades in single-colour roses as well - apricot, lavender, scarlet, deep pink, golden and orange. The competition also includes products made with roses, like incense, gulkand, candles, scent, candy and water.

Flower arrangements from the President's garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and ikebana from the Ohara School of Ikebana are also on display.

The show might just be a weekend affair, but the rose garden has about 70 different types of roses - some in full bloom, while others still in nascent stages. "The bloom has been affected as the temperatures remained high for so long but suddenly dropped from last week. While some roses bloomed suddenly with the drop in mercury, others didn't," said Dhan Singh, general secretary of The Rose Society of India.

Despite so many varieties of roses, it seems strange that there are only two or three available for retail. But Singh says that few nurseries, at least in Delhi, are breeding different kinds of roses now. "With climate change and pollution, roses don't grow very well here and nurseries cannot make much money from what grows. The cut flowers that come here are mainly grown in temperature-controlled glasshouses in Pune and Bangalore," he says.#

 Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Nov 19 • 2011 • ArchingColourFlowersFragranceNew Roses For 2012PetalsPinkshrub



David Austin Shrub Rose 2004.  5ft.

The flowers of ‘The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild’ are in the form of deep cups filled with crisp, upstanding petals. The colour on the inside of the petals is a deep pink touched with lilac; the outside is of a paler shade. Looking at the bloom in more detail, one can see that the edges are an even deeper pink; giving a most delightful fringed effect - particularly in the earlier stages. The growth is ideal with spreading, arching branches building up into a well-rounded, mounding shrub; with its flowers nicely poised. It is very healthy. It has a strong and deliciously fruity rose fragrance, with aspects of raspberry, peach and a hint of mint. All in all, a very beautiful rose and one of our favourites.

Named after Thomas Fairchild, a nurseryman of London and Fellow of the Royal Society, who made the first recorded flower hybrid in Europe in 1720. This was a cross between a Sweet William and a carnation, which became known as ‘Fairchild’s mule’. With thanks to Michael Leapman for the name, which was the title of his excellent biography on Thomas Fairchild.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Oct 02 • 2011 • Gold StandardMenuPerennialPinkRamblersRose of the WeekSalmon.Favourite


One of the most common requests we have is to suggest climbing roses that will grow on a North wall .  Over the next few weeks we will highlight all  the climbers we have  that will  tolerate a Northern aspect.

However you have to accept a simple golden rule.

“More sun. More flowers”


Rambling Rose.

2007.   8ft.  -  10ft

Most old ramblers are usually summer flowering only, but in recent years many repeat flowering ramblers have been introduced and are now becoming very popular. This lovely recent rambler flowers all summer and looks sure to become a favourite with the public. It produces large clusters of pink blend blooms in flushes, with attractive whiter centres and golden stamens, plus the bonus of a sweet perfume. The first flush of the season is pretty spectacular, and the repeat blooms are more than satisfactory. Semi glossy medium green healthy foliage which has excellent disease resistance. An award winning rose which is pretty versatile as it will grow almost anywhere including a North wall. Highly recommended.

GOLD STANDARD AWARD WINNER 2008 PERENNIAL BLUSH  (Mehbarbie) Since 2006 a few roses are selected each year for this prestigious award.   Based on cumulative information from invited independent judges, the Gold Standard is awarded to worthy varieties. Health,  floriferousness,  scent and commercial appeal are all considered key factors in the final choice.

Bred by Bernard Mehring..

For further information  please see  Gold Standard Roses on the Main Menu.


Rambling Rose. 1923.  10ft-12ft

Small semi-double blooms of pink salmon and gold. One of the few ramblers available that will flower right through the season and is one of our favourite ramblers. The buds are like small cones and are carried in wide clusters on short stems.    They open into fairly full rosette shaped blooms of modest size, in a mixture of salmon pink and yellow-gold shades. They are lightly scented and their neat distribution within the cluster and overall on the plant is a pleasure to see. It is a vigorous grower with lax arching stems, making a splendid rambler for fences, and arches etc. A delightful rose with good disease resistance and a pleasant perfume. A useful rambler as it will also cope on a North wall.

Highly Recommended.

ST SWITHUN English Rose. Shrub/Climber 1993.  4ft plus

Large, saucer like, flowers filled with small petals and a button eye, their colour being soft pink at the centre and the palest pink at the edges. A beautiful rose with a tall, slightly stiff, bushy growth and smooth, greyish green foliage. Excellent as a climber. in fact it is considered to be one of the best English Rose climbers. It is a particularly tough, reliable and healthy rose which will also cope with a North wall. A very strong pure myrrh fragrance which is typical of the English Roses. St Swithun was a Saxon Bishop who is the origin of the legend that if it rains on St Swithun's feast day the rain will continue for 40 more days. St Swithun's day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St Swithun's day if thou be fair For forty days 'twill rain na mair

Named to commemorate the 900th anniversary of Winchester Cathedral.

SIMILAR COLOUR ENGLISH ROSES. Brother Cadfael.   Gertrude Jekyll.   Harlow Carr.   Mary Rose.   Noble Antony.   Sister Elizabeth.   The Countryman.   Alan Titchmarsh.   Geoff Hamilton.   James Galway.   Janet.   The Alnwick Rose.  Mortimer Sackler.   Sceptere'd Isle.

Essential reading for all English Rose enthusiasts. ‘The English Roses’ by David Austin. Please go to GARDENERS GIFT SHOP on the main Menu.

For further information , see ‘What Rose Where’ on our web site

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



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