Tuesday, 25 July 2017

David Austin roses

Just imagine a field full of David Austin roses and they may look like something a bit like this.......


I have always enjoyed looking through the David Austin catalogue of roses and their roses always stand out in the garden centres, I was therefore really excited to discover we were almost passing the David Austin Rose Gardens and Plant Centre in Shropshire, on our recent holiday to Anglesey. They even allow dogs into their wonderful gardens and there is no admission fee whatsoever.

 Needless to say I did end up taking lots of pictures - these are some of my favourites. It has been difficult to remember some of the names so apologies if I make any unintended mistakes!

Tranquility Musk rose -the rose was tinged with yellow that gradually turns pure white.

 Pergola garden

Lady of Sharlott - salmon pink flowers with a golden yellow base in the Lion garden

Scaborough Fair Rose

Rambling Rose - Minnehaha wonderful hanging clusters of double pink flowers
 A view of the Victorian Garden

Ballerina Rose

 England's Rose (pink one in foreground )

The Renaissance Garden

These are reflections of the Boscobel roses in the canal above!


It was an amazing garden and considering  June is always the best month for roses, in the second week of July there were still so many roses to admire as you can see. The catalogue and website  show the 700 different varieties displayed in the gardens at their peak.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a cooling drink and sandwich in the courtyard cafe surrounded by more roses and it certainly was so much better than stopping at a motorway service station don't you think? My only regret was that we didn't have room for any roses in the car - we did however come away with so much inspiration.

Sarah x

31 comments:

  1. A wonderful place! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Oh Sarah... I am in heaven here.. Most of my roses are David Austin.. In looking here, I have none listed above.. There are so many varieties. While looking through the catalog, some that I had chose were not for my zone. One of the favorite that I have is Ingenious Mr. Fairchild. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful collection. I would have loved to visit David Austin's Gardens... Lucky you!
    blessings,
    Penny

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  3. So beautiful, a feast for the eyes!

    When I am attempting to remember something I see during one of our excursions, I take video and say, whilst recording, what I am attempting to remember. It works beautifully for names of people or roses, Sarah.

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    1. That's a tip worth remembering. Thank you. Sarah x

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  4. No rosarian am I, Sarah. Thank you for the beautiful sights. Can only grow the miniatures and some other kind here. The weather must be perfect there for them.

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  5. What absolutely gorgeous roses.

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  6. Dear Sarah,
    Last year in June I managed to visit David Austins garden in Shropshire. It was an experience I will never forget. Back in Germany I tried to get some D.A. roses and planted them in my garden. But the winter and spring this year was not the best for newly planted roses, too dry and cold.So I had to take very special care for them.And they started to grow. Of course they are not as big as in D.A.garden, but the are alive!

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  7. I have always loved David Austen roses, particularly their fragrance. As you say so much better than a motorway services :). B x

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  8. Bowled over by the scene in your first photo; and the reflection later in the post is elegant. I've moved to Halifax (West Yorkshire, not Nova Scotia) so Loose and Leafy has moved to a new site. Here's the link https://looseandleafyinhalifax.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Sigh. What more can one say? Beautiful x

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  10. Hallo Sarah,
    it is a beautiful showgarden. Some Years ago we visted the Chelsea flower show, where we saw many of the Austin Roses. Here in Germany it´s a little bit difficult to plant this roses. In our garden only one sort ("Abraham Darby") ist beautiful. The other ones grow puny .(i hope it is the right word)
    Greetings from the Mosel
    Dagmar

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  11. Lucky you a perfect place, the scent must have been wonderful.

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  12. I live very close to David Austins and love to go there for afternoon tea when the roses are out - served outside in the china rose pattern tea services with beautiful teapots is a treat - glad you enjoyed it
    Sandra xx

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    1. Their teapots dis look fantastic I did take a picture of one of them but unfortunately it wasn't very sharp so I haven't showed it. It must be wonderful to be able to visit there frequently. Sarah x

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  13. This place looks amazing! I love the view down the path particularly! We are so lucky in the garden of the bungalow that we rent as there is an abundance of roses in all hues!

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  14. Dear Sarah,
    I also love David Austin Roses. There are some of them in my garden. Your photos are great. Thank you for sharing.
    Greetings from Germany,
    Edith

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  15. GOODNESS GRACIOUS, were you in HEAVEN???????????

    I have never seen a field full of David Austen roses, and I've been hinting to my husband that I want to go to the English countryside before I get too old. And Shropshire, OH do I want to go! Lovely, absolutely outstanding, Sarah.

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  16. Sarah - thank you so much for sharing this lovely place and those wonderful roses! Just beautiful, it made my day. xo kim

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  17. So many beautiful roses...how does one choose? Having been in your lovely country in June and seen all the gorgeous roses, I know I want a David Austin. I only hope it will survive in my climate; but I must at least try. I think that Lady of Sharlott is just the most beautiful color!

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  18. It is a beautiful garden! Dave used to live not too far from David Austin when I first met him, but I only visited once and I don't think the flowers were at their best! My dad has a few DA roses in the garden and they always look so good!

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  19. I love David Austin roses ... In your photos my favourites are Tranquility Musk & Lady of Sharlott .. The salmon colour is just gorgeous! I think the roses look especially nice on the pergola ... I 'm dreaming of Rose planting for Spring here in Canberra.

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  20. I must remember next time I am in the Shropshire area to check out David Austins - it looks a wonderful place for a visit - what a treat. Your photo of the field of different rose varieties is lovely and the perfume must have been delicious.

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    1. The scent wasn't as strong as I imagined it would be. It seemed stronger at Monttisfont, it was quite overcast so maybe that was why. Sarah x

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  21. Oh how beautiful! In my old garden I had some Roses from Austin, in this garden they are problematic. Too heavy heads and a lot of illness. This weekend we put out the last two roses of Austin, roses are not good in this garden.


    Sigrun

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  22. Oh so beautiful! The rambling rose is my favourite...
    Lovely lovely pictures from a heaven of roses!
    Love from Titti

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  23. Oh Sarah this place looks like something from a beautiful dream!!! Absolutely lovely! I imagine this inspired you to plant more roses.

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  24. Gosh, what a fabulous place to make a stop! Those hanging Rambling Roses looks incredible. What a lucky find!

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  25. I adore David Austin roses! I was in my element, recently, when I visited RHS Rosemoor. The roses were stunning and I couldn't help but dive into the plant centre, afterwards, to peruse the David Austin roses! :-)

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  26. It WAS an amazing garden! Thank you for taking the pictures and sharing.

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  27. Sarah , This was truly all around delightful.I do so love it when everything's coming up Rose " !

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