Whenever I visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I always rush over to David Austin Roses stand, with a great sense of anticipation, hope, and excitement in my heart to see David Austin’s newly unveiled roses. I am always as keen as mustard to discover for myself the fragrances of David Austin’s latest rose releases, which are launched at this prestigious flower show each year.
I love roses! There are so many rose cultivars available, which produce a multitude of different coloured blooms, in a range of different flower styles, shapes, and sizes. Roses produce beautiful looking flowers that we all love and cherish, but for me the fragrance of each rose is one of the most important aspects when I am viewing or considering purchasing a rose. Here’s my take on the newest introductions from David Austin Roses, launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, and available to order from David Austin Roses now.
Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ (Ausquaker)
Dame Judi Dench was at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, to launch the special rose which was grown by David Austin Roses, and named in her honour.
Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ is an English Musk Hybrid Rose, bred by David Austin and named in honour of one of Britain’s favourite actresses, Dame Judi Dench.
I would describe the scent that Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ produces as a fragrance which has definite fruit notes, combined with lighter notes of peach and green tea. I found the fragrance of Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ to be very pleasing, I found the scent to be of a light to medium strength.
David Austin Roses describe Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ as being a vigorous grower, which is tough, reliable, and healthy. Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ produces red-orange buds which open to reveal rather charming, warm apricot coloured rosettes which have a pretty, yet informal and relaxed air. The blooms I am told, cope well when faced with prolonged periods of inclement weather, the petals drop individually as each flower ages and fades. Rosa ‘Dame Judi Dench’ grows to 4ft (1.2m) in height, and the same wide.
Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ (Auspike)
Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ is an English Old Rose Hybrid, which was bred and named in honour of David Austin Senior’s son, the brother of David Austin Junior.
I would describe the scent that Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ produces as a tea rose fragrance, it’s a beautiful traditional rose fragrance with notes of raspberry. I enjoyed this rose’s perfume, I would describe the fragrance as light to medium in strength.
Rosa ‘James L. Austin’ grows to 3.5 ft (1.2m) tall, and 2ft (60cm) wide. This rose has an upright, bushy habit, and is described as being very versatile, being equally at home when grown in a formal border, a large pot, in a cottage style garden, or when grown as a hedging plant.
Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ (Auseasel)
Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ is an English Musk Hybrid Rose, which was bred by David Austin and named in honour of Vanessa Bell, an actress and artist, who was a founder member of the Bloomsbury Group.
I found Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ to have the lightest fragrance of the three new rose introductions from David Austin Roses, the perfume had notes of grapefruit, earl grey, and green tea.
Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ grows to 4ft (1.2m) tall and 2.5ft (70cm) wide. This rose is described as very floriferous, and is suited to a variety of different garden styles. Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ grows well when planted as a hedge, or when used in informal or formal gardens.
10% from the sale of each Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ will be donated to The Charleston Trust. The Charleston Trust is an independent charity, which looks after, manages, and conserves Charleston, a seventeenth century farm house, which from 1916 was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
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