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Apr 21 • 2013 • Cliff RichardCountryDarcey BussellElaine PageGardenGreatestHadnallMayRose NewsShropshireroses

The Greatest Show On Earth

The Greatest Show On Earth

If you are looking for somewhere different to go this summer, why not pay a visit to the North Shropshire village of Hadnall where Country Garden Roses are putting on The Greatest Show On Earth . Some of the greatest names in entertainment are appearing from late May onwards.   Come and see show business legends CLIFF RICHARD,  ELAINE PAGE,  DARCEY BUSSELL, and JAMES GALWAY .  Special guest appearance of  the much loved talk show host  MICHAEL PARKINSON and  VICTORIA PENDLETON  the World and Olympic Champion cyclist. ROXANNE PALLETT of Emmerdale fame has promised to make an appearance at the end of May or early June.    Opera singer SUSAN DANIEL will also be here . Susan has been raising money for charities including  Help For Heroes   Also expected in June are Shropshire’s very own BROTHER CADFAEL and CHARLES DARWIN. To give the show a royal flavour PRINCE CHARLES and PRINCESS ANNE have promised to show up some time in June.  WILLIAM and CATHERINE  should also make an appearance, providing the weather is fine. The headliners are also supported by a cast of over Thirty Thousand which will include most of your usual favourites . If the weather is fine this summer, all roads should lead to Hadnall.  We may even allow you to take some of the stars home providing you promise to feed and water them well. For full details of the show see our extensive web site.

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



Apr 27 • 2012 • AromaFragranceNoseRose NewsScentShropshireroses



Gertrude Jekyll



Think of the wonderful scents that your nose can bring you; the sweetness of a pie baking in the oven, the savory smell of bacon cooking and the aroma of fresh brewed coffee.

Naturally, there are some scents that are not so wonderful, such as something burning on the stove or the indication a baby’s diaper needs changing. Special training of one’s nose can lead to becoming a wine sommelier, a tea connoisseur or a 'rose nose' specialist.

Michael Marriott, the senior rosarian of David Austin Roses in Shropshire, has this very job of deciphering the fragrance of these English roses. His associate is another Austin 'rose nose' Robert Calkin, the acclaimed British perfumer and floral fragrance educator.

Together they amble about the nearly two-acre show garden, sniffing roses and debating and fine tuning their thoughts on its signature scent characteristics. Marriott says the fragrance in roses comes from two different sources. Most commonly it comes from the petals, but sometimes it also emanates from the stamens. This is especially true in varieties with single or semidouble flowers where stamens are abundant.

In the petals, the greater part of any rose scent originates from its mix of just four or five different primary oils. Professionals call these a scent’s 'base notes'. But rose scents are complex, with as many as 200 to 300 possible other oils present, often in minute quantities. This mix yields the wonderful richness found in rose fragrances.

The oils are formed from precursors, which are produced at the bud stage, three or four days before the flower opens. The warmer it is (within reason) at this stage, the more precursors are produced and the stronger the fragrance. The great variety of resulting oils will combine to produce the old rose, fruity, myrrh and tea fragrances.

The fragrance of the stamens of single and semidouble flowers is often musky in character, and also clove-like. Cloves are a preservative, so it could be that the fragrance does in fact help to prevent decline in the stamens. Some varieties, especially from the Hybrid Musk group of roses, combine the fragrance from both the petals and the stamens.

Marriott advises when smelling a rose, not to just give it a quick sniff. Smell it as you might savour a good wine by rolling it around the nose. Everybody's nose smells things differently, so don't be shy about describing the scents you sense or detect.

It is also important to smell several different flowers on any given bush, as some might not readily resonate, while others exuberantly exhibit their fragrance. Sometimes, the fragrance can be very different, according to the age of a particular flower.

A few of the most fragrant English roses are ‘Gerturde Jekyll’ that has an old rose fragrance that is strong, rich and perfectly balanced. ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ is fruity with hints of pear, grape and citrus, ‘The Generous Gardener’ has an old rose fragrance of musk and myrrh, and ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ has a tea fragrance of lemon and black currant.

Myrrh appeared in David Austin’s first rose, the onceflowering ‘Constance Spry’, as a powerful, spicy top note inherited from one of the parents, ‘Belle Isis’, a strongly perfumed Gallica type.

‘Constance Spry’s' is considered a quintessential rose fragrance

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



Nov 11 • 2011 • CountryEnglishNew Roses For 2012ScentShropshireWollertonfragrantmyrrh



David Austin English Shrub Rose. 2011.  5ft

This is the most fragrant of this year’s new varieties and, indeed, one of the most fragrant of all English Roses. It has the distinctive myrrh scent which is rarely found in roses, appearing first in ‘Constance Spry’, and later in ‘Scepter’d Isle’. The plump buds have attractive flashes of red. These open to form round, rich buttery yellow coloured blooms which eventually pale to a softer creamy colour. Even when the flowers are fully open, they retain their beautifully rounded chalice shape. It forms a particularly healthy and bushy shrub with many stems shooting from the base. It remains relatively upright and has few thorns. With its soft colouring ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ will very easily blend with a wide range of colour schemes, planted with roses or other shrubs and perennials. Its more upright habit makes it suitable for both formal and informal situations. It should be positioned where its strong scent can be easily appreciated. Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire has one of the most beautiful private gardens in the country, not far from Country Garden Roses . The gardens are set around a 16th Century Hall and feature roses in creative plant combinations, including many English Roses.

Wollerton Old Hall is open to the public on selected days throughout the summer.

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