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January 10th 2022

A Rose Story Part 3: Floret’s Rose Collection

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Ever since meeting Anne all those years ago, I’ve longed to create my own version of her magical garden and plant as many roses as I could get my hands on. But with every inch of our small farm devoted to annual cut flower production, I could only ever sneak roses in around the edges.

I had ramblers and climbers scrambling up and over my little flower studio and a few dozen heirloom treasures tucked up against the fence and on my back porch but that’s all that I could manage to squeeze in without impacting cut flower production.

Roses growing at the entrance to the Floret Studio The day we signed papers for the new farm all I could think about was how long I had waited to be able to put down roots and be able to bring my garden dreams to life. One of the first things I did was start to collect roses for the future garden.

Pots of roses on pallets Pots of roses on palletsI scoured the country looking for rare, heirloom, and old-fashioned roses to include on the property. So many of the specialty nurseries that used to be in business have since closed so it was quite the task to source everything on my wish list. 

Of all the nurseries I’ve ordered from for this project, below you’ll find my very favorite mail-order sources. 

Erin Benzakein in a row of peach roses Rows of roses at Floret FarmIf you live in western Washington, Christianson’s Nursery, located in Mount Vernon, has a tremendous selection of potted roses (including many heirloom and hard-to-find treasures) that go on sale in January. While they don’t ship their plants if you’re within driving distance it’s well worth the trip, and be sure to visit in June to see their English-style rose garden in full bloom—it’s a sight to behold!  

The Antique Rose Emporium
This long-standing Texas-based nursery has some of the best customer service around. They have a very unique offering that features more than 350 rare and hard-to-find antique varieties including their Texas Pioneer rose series which is a line of carefree, repeat-blooming varieties with an old-world quality.  

Burlington Rose Nursery
Owner Burling Leong maintains a large collection of rare and hard-to-find roses and has been one of my go-to sources when trying to track down rare, coveted varieties. To get a list of her most current availability list, email [email protected]

David Austin Roses
If you’ve grown roses for any length of time, chances are that you’ve fallen in love with the David Austin varieties which are known for their old-fashioned-looking blooms that come in a wide range of soft colors and are generally repeat-blooming. I have been collecting David Austin roses for years and if you ever come across some of his older varieties, be sure to snatch them up because they are no longer being commercially propagated. 

Greenmantle Nursery
This California-based nursery has assembled a comprehensive collection of own-root rare and old rose varieties that they have gathered from around the world. If you’re looking for something special, be sure to check their Rose Master List which includes so many rare treasures. Roses from Greenmantle Nursery must be reserved with a deposit made in advance and their shipping season is January through May. It’s important to note that they only communicate through the mail or by telephone. 

Heirloom Roses
This rose nursery in Oregon has a tremendous selection of varieties grown on their own roots including more than 60 David Austin varieties (many of the older ones), a huge range of historic roses, hybrid musks, and everything in between. 

High Country Roses
This Colorado-based nursery has an amazing selection of own-root roses. Their collection features old garden roses, cold-tolerant varieties, and modern varieties, including some of the older David Austin treasures.

Menagerie Farm & Flower
Our flower-farming friend Felicia Alvarez offers a beautiful collection of bare root roses that she has trialed over the years and are known to make excellent cut flowers. Her inventory typically sells fast, so be sure to sign up for her newsletter. Felicia also sells fresh-cut garden roses shipped to floral designers nationwide from late spring through early autumn. 

A Reverence for Roses
This Florida-based nursery specializes in own-root roses and has a huge selection of heritage and old garden varieties, plus so many beautiful modern roses and a large selection of hybrid musks—my favorite group!

Rogue Valley Roses
This Oregon-based nursery offers more than 1,500 unique varieties and has one of the largest selections of rare, historic, and exceptional modern roses grown on their own roots. Be sure to use their “Join Wait List” feature, since many of the plants sell out fast and it’s the only way to know when they come back in stock. 

Pallets of potted roses in front of hoop houses at Floret FarmAfter three years of collecting, I gathered more than 250 varieties and nearly 1,000 plants (these numbers do not include the roses from Anne), and while this seems like a lot, I still have a huge wish list of varieties that I’m searching for. I have a feeling that my rose collecting won’t slow down any time soon and they may very well end up being the subject of a book someday.  

I will definitely share more about the varieties that I chose and how they are performing once I have a little more time to get to know them. In the meantime, I’ve shared a few of my favorites below. 

Rows of roses growing at Floret FarmRows of roses growing at Floret Farm Rows of roses growing at Floret FarmOn the farm, our roses are nested into four main collections. The first are the rose varieties that we’ve planted specifically for cutting. We’ve devoted ten 70-foot rows of the cutting garden to these varieties that are organized loosely by color. 

These roses are all repeat-bloomers and more than half of them are David Austin varieties and most have a full cabbage rose look. 

Lush rose arrangement in the Floret StudioSome of my favorites from the cutting garden: Abraham Darby, Golden Celebration, Grace, Teasing Georgia, Perlie Mae, Mother of Pearl, and French Lace

Series of archways at Floret Farm that will be covered in rosesLarge metal dome at Floret Farm that will eventually be engulfed with bloomsThe second group of roses is a mix of climbing and rambling varieties, both one-time and repeat-blooming. Down the center of the cutting garden, we have a series of archways that meet in the middle under a large metal dome that will eventually be engulfed with blooms.

A series of alternating towers with climbing roses planted at their base which will soon climb up through and spill over the top A series of alternating towers with climbing roses planted at their base which will soon climb up through and spill over the topTowers with climbing roses planted at their base which will soon climb up through and spill over the topAdditionally, down the main access road to the cutting garden, there are a series of alternating towers with climbing roses planted at their base which will soon climb up through and spill over the top. The cutting garden is going to be off the hook once all of these structures are covered! 

A few of my favorite climbing and rambling varieties are: Cecile Brunner, Glorie de Jon, Malvern Hills, and Alchymist

Roses growing in the Floret fieldThe third group are all of the old roses (most are one-time blooming) that are tucked into the orchard, the hedgerows, or flank the main roadways throughout the farm.

The idea is that once established, these vigorous, hardy varieties will be able to withstand the harsher, more exposed conditions out on the main farm.  

A few of my favorite old rose varieties: Dupontii, Kathleen, Moyesii, and rosa glauca 

Lifting sod at Floret Farm Lifting sod for the rose garden at Floret FarmRolls of lifted sodThe fourth group is a mix of mainly shrub roses selected for their fragrance and delicate-looking blooms. We wanted to be able to observe these roses up close and really get to know them over time. 

For this formal rose garden we needed to get the plants in the ground quickly because they had outgrown their pots and we were going through a pretty extreme heatwave, so rather than tilling up the grass and waiting for it to break down, we instead rented a sod lifter and prepared the garden space in a long, back-breaking weekend. 

The formal rose garden takes shape at Floret The formal rose garden takes shape at FloretWe’d never used a sod lifter before and it’s definitely a great option if you need to remove grass from an area quickly, but if you have quack grass, it doesn’t get deep enough to remove the rhizomes so those still need to be grubbed out by hand.

Once the sod was cut, we rolled it up and took it back to the compost pile to decompose and then next spring, once it has broken down, we’ll return it to the garden in the form of compost. 

The formal rose garden takes shape at Floret An area of the formal rose garden covered with landscape fabricOnce the sod was out of the way, we amended the planting beds with a thick layer of compost and a heavy dose of Walt’s organic fertilizer, and then covered the beds with landscape fabric. Becky then marked the spots where each rose would go, we burned holes in the fabric and planted the roses into the holes.

The reason for this was to help suppress the weeds in this garden while the roses grow and establish because we just didn’t have the time to mulch and weed all of the planting beds by hand. Once the roses are larger, we will remove the landscape fabric and plant perennials and small shrubs amongst the roses. I can’t wait to see this garden come to life!

Some notable favorites planted in this garden: Bishop Darlington, Buff Beauty, Penelope, Sally Holmes, Star of Republic, and Windrush

Row of apricot roses at Floret FarmOur friends at Heirloom Roses, where we’ve sourced many of the roses for our collection, have generously shared five $100 gift certificates to giveaway to gardeners here in the states, plus a 20% discount code for Floret readers that order plants from them. Use the code FLORET20 for 20% off your entire rose order from January 11—15, 2022. 

To enter to win, please leave a comment below sharing your favorite rose variety and why you love it, or a variety that you hope to grow in your garden this season. Please note this giveaway is only available for U.S. residents. The five winners will be announced here on Wednesday, January 19.

Update: A big congratulations to our winners Tori Carver, Miryan Garcia, Lena, Sue Dunn and Jessie Wolfert

Rows of roses at Floret FarmI’ve saved the best for last. In the fourth and final post of this series, you’ll find an interview with Anne Belovich that she so generously shared with us all this summer, just a few short months before she passed away. 

 

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2,911 Comments

  1. Monique on

    I’m late too, but have to share my absolute favorite rose in my garden and by far, that is First Crush by Kordes.

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  2. Kim Clark on

    Well as in all things in my life I’m late
    I’m in ocala Florida an planning my vegetable garden last year I bought walmart roses that said they had fragrance.
    One of the 3 has grown with big thick limbs an given beautiful frag its a lightly purple color .
    I bought 2 more walmarts then my brother in law had a heart attach I placed the baged rose up next to the house for warmth an drove 500 miles north to be with family .came home 3 weeks later to the roses had grown 2 feet an looked like they are happy .
    So I’m just now reading your articles an hope to prune my roses back .
    Question do you feed the plants first then prune cuttings or do cuttings then feed them .
    Thank you for any help kim in sunny 🌞 Florida

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  3. rose on

    I’ve been looking for the jumelia rose plant for years. It might be called by other names too. a small white rose with red tips. every once in a while I see them as cut roses for sale, but I cannot find a plant. does anyone have any ideas? I am in the u.s. it might be sold in countries like india. not sure. thanks for any help

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  4. Michelle Lassche on

    I planted my rose garden twenty years ago, some have been replaced, but many are still going strong.
    My two outstanding performers that I have loved from day one are, Sombreuli for fragrance and old fashion gorgeousness, and Uetersen for outstanding flowering and gorgeous with blue clematis through it.

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  5. Kelly on

    I have hundreds of roses, but South Africa from Heirloom Roses is my new favorite at the moment. I live in 8B and it’s still blooming, even after our snowstorm last month! I’ve never seen anything like it. Incredibly beautiful!!!

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  6. Jill Sundberg on

    Oh my! What an absolute treat this has been reading the series. I’m looking very forward to part 4 and plan to read over coffee. I’m so excited to see the rose garden come to life. Congratulations on making your dream come true.

    My current favorite rose is the Rio Samba. I admired the neighbors for years and even tried to start some from cuttings which didn’t work for me. I purchased my own and it’s just so amazing! The flowers range in color from orangish yellow to an iridescent red and it’s a giver even when going through a rough patch health wise.

    I’m excited to have the links you provided in hopes of finding some more treasures. Have a wonderful day. 💚

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  7. Kendra Boehne on

    My dad bought my mom a Graceland yellow rose many years ago. I have been looking for one for years now. Heard it’s only available in England now. I moved my mom AND her favorite rosebush from CA to Texas and believe it or not. Graceland survived. She was thrilled as was I.
    Unfortunately the dreaded Rosette disease took it a year later.
    I would LOVE to get another. Any chance you have one?
    Thanks.

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  8. Mary on

    I have only grown a few roses in the past and they were gifted to me by a small nursery that was going out of business-I didn’t even know thier names! I have roses comming from David Austin this spring and I cant wait. Scepter’d Isle is one I’m excited about. I love the yellow center within layers of pinks. Desdemona is also on my list and it looks amazing. I wish I could have had more time with my grandma who grew them many many years ago. I was so young and didnt get to learn much from her. Thanks for sharing your journey Erin, its inspiring.

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  9. Terie on

    I would love to grow the Abraham Darby rose . Thank you so much for all that you share with the flower community 💐

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  10. Tara Riggs on

    I am obsessed with Koko Loko, the way its colors evolve as it matures is truly magical!

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  11. Lindsey Zilliox on

    I love the cloud 10 and am looking to swoop it up to let it run wild on the front of my home.

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  12. Geoff Rigney on

    Actually, I didn’t realize how much I appreciated roses and the possibility and potential of creating an English inspired rose garden until reading the blog series. Homer’s Bay Art & Garden is a brand new flower farm plus endeavor. We are just getting started and working our butts off in preparation for the 2022 season here in central Ohio. Needless to say we’re drinking from a fire hose educating, researching, planning and planting. We’ve caught the bug and are all in. We soak up everything Floret has to offer like a sponge. Whether we win the drawing or not, we’re thrilled to be a part of this community and share all your passion and enthusiasm. Thank you.

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  13. Van on

    I love Koko Loko for its unique coloring and Jude the Obscure for its flower shape and amazing scent.

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  14. Janet Farnan on

    I love David Austin roses for their fragrance & soft colors. My favorites are Heritage & Mary Rose.

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  15. Teri on

    I’m new to roses, and have never planted a ride bush in my life, and I do not have a single rose variety in my yard. I would love to plant a white rose with pink edging. Thank you for sharing all your learning with the world.

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  16. Tonia on

    Thank you for sharing! I love Zephirine Drouhin…it’s a great climber, beautiful and thornless.

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  17. Monique Allen on

    Except for 2 old roses here on our 1820 farm when we moved in and 4 rose rugosa bushes, I have never grown roses before. I’m looking forward to changing that! So many choices but one that called to me especially was Rosld Dahl….one of my favorite authors! I definitely need at least 1 of those.

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  18. Michelle on

    Thank you Erin for always sharing all that you’ve learned. I love roses and I’m looking forward to growing quite a few in the garden this year. On my wish list is Earth Angel and Princesse De Monico. Those are just two the wish list is so very long.

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  19. Margaret on

    Finally having room for heirlooms- hybrid tea fave – Queen Elizabeth and Julia Child. I have my grandmother’s roses from the 1940’s that have been moved a couple times, and there are a few beauties in there – a peach and a dark red that I am sorting out….
    This year – It’s heriloom and David Austin roses that will be exciting. And as in Sacramento – so excited to learn of Menagerie/Felicia! I know those will like our climate. Thank you for ALL you do in sharing knowledge and inspiring all of us to stretch and go for it in our gardens! :)

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  20. Claudia Jacobson on

    I have no idea which rose would be my favorite. I am looking fro a climbing rose that would’ve to well in a zone 4 in Alaska. I am just starting to do the landscaping in our new home which has a acre to work with. it should’ve be exciting.

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  21. Laura Rollman on

    I started my David Austin rose collection a few years ago but have several I would want to add like The Generous Gardener, Queen of Sweden, The Lark Ascending, Grace, Teasing Georgia, Carding Mill, Roald Dahl and maybe even The Poet’s Wife but I do have a wonderful yellow rose that I love (Julia Child) so I better start with the others.

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  22. Wendy VanWagoner on

    I have been thinking about planting a rose garden since last year. When the seed catalogs starting dropping in my mailbox, again I started thinking about roses. Your blog series was perfectly timed. I hope to start with a small handful of roses
    , not sure of all the varieties yet, but definitely an Abraham Darby rose. Thanks for the inspiration that you provide to me!

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  23. Jacob Daniel on

    My great grandmother had the most beautiful and most fragrant pink rose in her garden. While the name of this old fashioned rose is long forgotten, it is still my favorite rose to date. She roots a few cuttings every winter, and I was fortunate enough to get one to put in my garden. Maybe because it is who it came from, but that is one of the dearest plants in my garden. Thank you for sharing your wonderful rose journey!

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  24. Tina Pender on

    My favorite roses were propagated by my mom, who is a true rose whisperer! We don’t know the exact variety, but they came from my great grandmother’s farm so we call them “Granny Allen” roses. They ramble and smell amazing! They bloom early and seem to herald spring.

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  25. Jaminda Holmes on

    I love Darlowes Enigma, the large white rose tolerates Midwest heat and part shade to bloom almost continuously May to frost. It shatters too much to be a great cutting rose but I grow it around the windows of my home so I can look out into the tangle of blossoms and bees.

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  26. Gunner Rozploch on

    My favorite rose is Earth Angel and i’m looking forward to growing it this spring.

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  27. Heather D on

    My husband surprised me with Mother of Pearl this past summer for our 50th wedding anniversary. He said the traditional wedding gift for 30 years was pearl, so he thought the rose for our rose garden was appropriate. She threw a couple blooms before our MN winter, but excited to see it creep and then leap.

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  28. Marybeth Spivey on

    Thank you, Erin, for always sharing generously and inspiring me to grow.

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  29. Emily on

    I love all roses! My favorite roses are Darcey Bussell and Koko Loko! Thanks for being an inspiration I’ve learned a lot from Floret over the years!🤗

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  30. Cindy Jones on

    I love Earth Angel! It’s got an old fashioned look with many petals but yet the bloom is petite. It’s this delightful little iced pink jewel. Performs well. Repeat blooming. Love it on the bush AND in a vase. Oh and the fragrance? Divine!

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  31. Rebecca on

    I have never grown roses before but I have my eye on “Fun in the Sun” grandiflora. It’s a beautiful golden hue/yellow that I would love to add to my cut flower garden. This is a great series! Thank you for sharing!

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  32. Rachel May on

    I’ve planted a few David Austin Tea Roses and we have other mature roses already that I’d like to identify. January 19 is my birthday—so I feel lucky to have you pick that day!

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  33. Rad on

    I cannot pick one favorite rose . I love them all especially the old English roses.

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  34. Sue Dunn on

    I would love to grow another Sexy Rexy rose from Heirloom roses. My husband’s name is Rex so I got it as a joke for him. Unfortunately the rose didn’t make it so I guess the sad joke was on me…;) Thank you so much for all the wonderful gardening pointers you continue to provide for us all!! We so appreciate all your hard work!

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  35. Kimberley Rowan on

    What a lovely series! I love so many OGRs, but my all-time favorite has to be Climbing Devoneisis, partly for its delicate, barely blushed petals, but even moreso for its heavenly fragrance. If you haven’t experienced this one, it’s a must!

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  36. Leslie Burke on

    I don’t have a favorite to share. I’d really like to start collecting David Austen roses and find a good repeat-blooming climbing rose.

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  37. Rose Valencia on

    I love my Eden vines. A beautiful pink one cascades over the white gazebo entrance. A red one, near the red door to our stone cottage and a white one that I quickly plopped in a spot that is not ideal. It blooms profusely… Afraid to move it. And I love every single Austin Rose! I only have one so far. Must start knocking some off my long list.

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  38. Sara T. on

    I bought my first roses this year and am so excited to plant them! Abraham Darby is the one I’m most excited to see bloom.

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  39. Antonia on

    My favorite this past summer was sweet mademoiselle. Huge blooms and the most amazing smell!

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  40. Alyson Dorr on

    I love Evelyn, but alas she is a warm- loving plant, and I don’t think she would survive well in the harsh weather of northwest Montana. My current favorite is DA Desdemona- it may be the English teacher in me, but I sure love the literary names he gives his blooms!

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  41. Jo Moore on

    I would like help finding a fragrant purple rose I used to access when I had my flower shop. The variety was Lavonda. Any fragrant purple rose, especially if it is double petalled or heirloom would be a great addition and I would love to hear about it.

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  42. Michelle J. on

    I just love “Distant Drums” I bought 2 of them from Heirloom Roses, as a Birthday gift to myself. I can’t wait to see them bloom this year!

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  43. Margaret on

    I love ‘Julia Childs’ (floribunda) for its buttery yellow which pales out as it matures.
    Although I’ve already killed two, I’m looking for another ‘Lady of Shallot’.

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  44. Ruth Rackley on

    I planted this fall my first ever rose. I bought it the week after my mom died. It’s a David Austin Winchester Cathedral. Roses are the first flower I remember picking from my mom’s garden when I was a little girl. Now I’m hoping to create a beautiful garden that my little girls will love to play in and pick to their hearts content.

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  45. Linda Hovgaard on

    I definitely steer towards the David Austin old fashioned type roses but I love all roses. Three roses that I would like to add to my collection are “Summer Song”, “”Teasing Georgia” and “Pashmina” (which is hard to find in the U.S.) Thank you Erin for this four part series. It has been very helpful and fun to follow.

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  46. Donna on

    To pick just one oh my goodness. I had the utmost privilege to live close to Mike Lowe (Rosarian extraordinary – traveled the world in search of rare / old roses).
    If I have to chose one rose, it’s Autumn Sunset by Mike Lowe (1988, very fragrant, continual bloom).

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  47. Jackie on

    My favorite roses are lost to memory. I found them while hiking many years ago through the wilds of West Virginia, where I live, down an old forgotten road to a secret swimming hole. There were beautiful, open yellow and red roses rambling among the trees and briars. Scattererd around were old derelict ruins and foundations of what once must have been a proud homestead or town. Often on hikes, I have come across daffodils gone wild from these forgotten places, but never again, found these lovely scented roses. How I wish, way back then, I knew how to take cuttings to propagate them. I am known for my wild gardens here on my 14 1/2 acres, my small paradise. Multiflora roses abound, and while the birds and I appreciate them, they grow to the point of being stangling nuisance, but not one cultivated rose have I found on this old farm site. I love your story of roses and look forward to it’s continuation. I have cleared a new patch of ground for a flower cutting garden. You inspire me to look around and find a few spots for roses.
    Thank you,

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  48. Cristen Atkins on

    It’s hard to choose a favorite… But I would say Rosa Marilyn Monroe. My parents had them at their house… And the smell was so amazing. Think it’s more of the memory of the rose smell and what surrounded the its history makes it a favorite. Both my history… My parents… And the actual rose. It’s crazy to think of all the different varieties in the history that surrounds each one and how it can be traced so far back. Makes you feel pretty small.

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  49. Kim Pike on

    I’m a new gardener and don’t know many growers yet besides David Austin. I love the multi petal roses like Teasing Georgia. I hope to accumulate new varieties of roses and dahlias each year to have a beautiful garden.

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  50. Rebeka on

    To pick one rose would be a crime! To dream in roses, to walk among and breathe them in. Ahhh yes, that is my choice.

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  51. Jessica Miller on

    I really want to grow the Love Song rose in my garden this year. I reminds me of the roses we had in our wedding years ago. (I didn’t keep the name of the rose we had in our wedding, and I regret that! Love Song is a very close match.)

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  52. Andrea Woodhall on

    I cannot pick a favorite, but I am inspired to learn more about roses! I have enjoyed this series, thank you!

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  53. Lisa Shelby Hayward on

    My very most favorite rose is my Poet’s Wife Dave Austin rose. Everything about it makes me swoon.

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  54. Darlene on

    I do love David Austin roses for their fragrance, their romantic look and the repeat blooming. Sadly, I have lost quite a few to prolonged cold spells causing them to die back to the rootstock. But I don’t give up. The rewards growing them are so satisfying that I just persist. I keep trying new ways to keep them insulated and protected and am having better luck. I was happy to see that 3 of the 7 roses in your cutting garden collection are ones that I have picked out for my own garden: Abraham Darby, Teasing Georgia and Golden Celebration. I am going to check the nurseries listed in the garden to see if these might be available on their own root stock.

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  55. Amy Smith on

    I’ve been an avid flower gardener for 30years and a flower farmer for 3. I’ve been trialing several varieties of roses for cutting that work in my Minnesota climate. Growing in pots has been the alternative for very cold winter years. I’d love to be able to grow some heirloom cabbage style roses for cut flowers that work well in containers or are very winter Hardy. I love the big fragrant garden roses! Thank you for your hard work and inspiration!

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  56. Nathalie R. on

    I gew up in Quebec where the roses on our property were covered by feet of hard snow blown throughout the winter from clearing the roads. In the spring they would without fail come back to life. This fall on a trip to Maine I was able to purchase a close relative of Rosa Rugosa Hansa. The smell, vivid color and plentiful hips are all reasons to love it but mostly all these plants from my childhood came from my grandparents home and when each child got married (9 of them) they took a few bushes with them to adorn their own property. I hope my new plant manages to make it through the zone 7 heat and humidity where I reside in North Carolina. My hope is to go back “home” when I look and care for this plant.

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  57. Elizabeth Bailey on

    Thank you so much for posting this delightful series! I’ve loved each post. I am hoping to create various gardens at our new home and want one of them to be a bit of a secret garden. I’d love to include Emily Bronte or Queen of Sweden in the plans.

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  58. Stephanie Holden on

    I have adored this entire rose series and am just now getting to the interview with Anne. I cried reading the initial post about her own garden and how she had begun her rose garden at 60! So inspiring as I am a bit of a late bloomer as well.

    After 8 years of living in a condo in the city and then living with our family for a while during the beginning of the pandemic, we are in a home with land once more and I am dreaming of rose bushes. In particular, roses with a scent and that are lush with blooms. Both of my parents are lovers of roses and my father, who passed away in mid 2021, was a lover of yellow tea roses. He would take us to a beautiful local rose garden as children as well and often would sneak a rose out for my mother.

    I have my eye on Heirloom Roses Painted Moon rose. The color combination is stunning and from the reviews I have read, so is its scent.

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  59. Helen O’Donnell on

    Roses have always been my favorite flower. My 2 favorites in my current garden are Blue Girl (silvery lavender with a the most luscious scent) and a tea rose yellow with an orange-red tip (no name). I am planning to add a climbing rose on the arbor over the entry from my back yard into the cut flower garden I started last year. I want something with a cabbage-style bloom. Thank you for this wonderful rose story. My heart is full.

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  60. Jessie Wolfert on

    When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I went looking to buy our first house. One of the homes we visited was clearly owned by a master gardener. There were flowers everywhere. It was gorgeous. There was a lovely pink climbing rose at the back of the garden that stood out to me and I had to know what it was. The owner informed us that it was called an Eden rose. We were shocked at the name because Eden was the name we had decided on for our baby girl! It has been my favorite rose ever since.

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  61. Shannon Rinow on

    I LOVE the series you did on roses!! My mom’s name was rose and I purchased 3 varieties from David Austin in her honor. Thank you for being such as inspiration. I look forward to following you and learning more about cut flower varieties.

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  62. Mindi Bruckhart on

    My favorite rose is Princess Charlene de Monaco. I love it’s ruffled petals, the color, and it has great vase life.

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  63. Polly on

    These are all wonderful entries, but Ashley, you have touched my heart! Thanks for so lovingly appreciating that which the previous generations have wisely passed on to us! Oh, and do make cuttings from that sprayed rose; Erin has taught us how!

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  64. Christi Bunn on

    I would love to try Lady of Shallot or Grace. I have never grown David Austin roses but have wanted to for a long time.

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  65. Emily J on

    The Star of Republic is so breath taking to me! It reminds me of a flower in my wedding bouquet and I would love to be able to grow it and share it with my kids and neighbors!

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  66. Monique Mamikunian on

    On their 25th wedding anniversary, my grandmother received a bouquet of beautiful yellow hybrid tea roses from my grandfather. She took the cuttings, propagated roots and planted a bush in honor of him. To this day, that bush thrives. I share her love of roses and have just started planting about 20 different roses around my own garden. I keep discovering spots to fill in with new roses! I share Anne’s sentiment of hosting parties and friends so that they can enjoy the beauty and magic of roses!

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  67. Jan on

    I have always loved roses. All my grandparents enjoyed them and it was said that my grandfather was acquainted with the rose propagator that developed the peace rose in Southern California.
    I have a shipment of David Austin roses on their way this spring! I’m very excited!

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  68. Melanie Smith on

    Hi! I’m hoping to grow the David Austin Ambridge rose after seeing it in one of your posts. I’m in love with apricot roses and am just starting to learn about and grow the old style English roses which are basically just heaven in a flower.

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  69. Theresa Young on

    I learned all about beautiful roses from my mother-in-law about 45 years ago. She was so passionate about her roses that it was contagious. She explained the differences in hybrid, floribunda, grandifloura and climbing types. She patiently showed me how to trim them, what to use for fertilizer ( fish products) and how to train the climbers. Her Cecil Brunner was the most beautiful bush I had ever seen. Oh the memories that this article has brought back. Thank you Erin.

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  70. Sehee Yang on

    My favorite is Abraham Darby. I have 3 of them but the one from Palatine is the most beautiful. The others are own roots. I would like to order one from David Austin next year since it will have a different root stock and I want to know how it will affect the blooms.

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  71. Sherry Dampier on

    In order for me to explain my favorite rose, bear with my longwinded story. I am 53 years old and live in Rochester, NY. My mother was an avid gardener so I had big shoes to fill if I was going to keep up with her. In 2012 After both my parents passed away from cancer, I moved into their home. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, I have worked hard to fill my days with positive energy, and surrounding myself with all the beauty nature and this earth has to offer. I even started a small business doing wedding Rentals and spending my weekends passionately decorating tables with beautiful florals and decor. After a few years, my business fizzled. I still have a ton of inventory to liquidate, but I am so heartbroken I just continue to pay rent and let it sit. I envision incorporating all my beautiful things into my gardens, like the 200 year old pillar posts and corbels from an old farmhouse I used for ceremonies, and the vintage wrought iron bedposts I now use as arbors for my rose gardens. I have been in remission for 10 years and the doctors thought I was cured, until November 2021.

    Since my business collapsed, for mental therapy, I ordered over 30 rose plants from Heirloomroses.com in the last 2 years. I needed to pour my love into something new. My favorite was hard to choose because they are all amazing! But one rose, hands down, means the most to me. Earth Angel, the most beautiful rose I have ever seen, took the most coveted spot in the very center of my rock garden, protected by the enormous boulder pulled from the ground when my parents built our home in 1972. I planted her in memory of my parents, and my 2 best friends who passed away, from yep, cancer and scleroderma. She will be on year 3 this spring. Her cupped blooms, pale pink petals, waxy beautiful green leaves are a sight to behold. She has flourished in her protected space, among the succulents I planted on the rock, and the nearby poppies, peonies, and gorgeous clematis that provide beautiful contrasting colors, textures and interest. My Earth Angel is my most photographed flower in all of my gardens, and gives me the absolute most pleasure. I am in awe of her majestic beauty, and every stage of her bloom. I struggle to cut even a single bloom to enjoy indoors because I want to prolong her life and watch every petal unfold revealing the unique ruffles in her core. When the doors of heaven open for me, I imagine being surrounded by her blooms and welcomed by my family and friends, but for now each bloom represents them, my Earth Angel’s.

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  72. Amy on

    I only have a few roses planted right now, but I want to plant them all! Last year, my absolute favorite was the Julia Child. It has a wonderful fragrance that I couldn’t get enough of.

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  73. Holly Starr - JoMiLL Farm on

    Oh man narrowing down a favorite rose? Ok since this spring will be my very first year to grow roses, I’m going to go with that Honey Dijon that you grow! It’s so old world looking with that vintage vibe! It’s gorgeous! Your rose garden is going to be amazing. We might do what you guys did and rent that sod lifter because we can use the sod elsewhere. I want to do the same arch ways in the garden for some climbing roses! Love your garden!!

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  74. Michelle on

    Currently David Austin ‘Carding Mill’ is at the top of the list. The color and the scent are perfection. Like you Erin, I have been waiting (YEARS!!) to be settled to commit to planting the permanents full scale, so many on the list. This will be the year; can’t wait!

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  75. Heidi Ann Klammer on

    I have had trouble growing roses at all here in NE Oregon but I am not going to stop trying! I am moving an Abraham Darby out of deer territory as soon as the soil is workable this Spring. It has made a valiant effort to bloom (behind wire) but the nearby pine gets a lot of the water and the deer still manage to nibble any bloom that works its way out of the cage. My favorite rose of all time will be the one which survives here! I still dream of my little rental garden in Renton where I did have success with roses on very sandy ground. My favorite there was Sally Holmes. I hope revisions of soil and fencing here will give me a stupendous flower garden which includes some gorgeous roses.

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  76. nancy mellen on

    My favorite rose is Rosa Mundi which I planted in 1998 and purchased from the Roseraie in Waldoboro, Maine . I just love the red/pink and white stripes on each of the blooms which is different from all the other blooms. I’d only planted on plant, but it obviously very happy there as it has spread to over a 12’x12′ area. When it blooms, it is spectacular.

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  77. Charmaine Teddy on

    I love growing abraham darby – fragrance is fruity and reblooms well for me. I wish I can grow other fragrant and good cutting english roses for zone 9A.

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  78. Rohini on

    I only just learned of moss roses from you. What fascinating plants! I am hoping to plant at least one bush this year.

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  79. Janet Lombardi Blixt on

    I would be very appreciative of any old rose or heirloom variety of rose. Thank you very much for providing this offer. I have over 50 rosebushes right now on my very small property. I live in Northern California. I am an artist and would love to oil paint new rose varieties in my garden.

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  80. Terri Maleng on

    My sister in law inspired me to try roses. I currently have two, queen of Sweden and lady of shallot. I would love to add more!

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  81. Amanda Gilmore on

    I just got started last year with two rose bushes from David Austin Roses. My Roald Dahls are just beautiful with their peachy, fluffy blooms. My new build home is in need of more roses and this year I’ll be planting two more from David Austin – Benjamin Britten and Queen of Sweden. I can’t wait to see how they will fill in one day.

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  82. Jan on

    My life would not be complete without roses. Two favorites, which I grow, are Earth Angel and Parfuma Bliss. Earth Angel has delightful ruffled edged petals, different from most of my other roses. Parfuma Bliss is the perfect mix of pink and apricot.

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  83. Lacee Orth on

    I’ve always loved roses but I don’t have a lot of experience with them. You’ve inspired me to grow a lot more this season and I’ve already purchased quite a few varieties. Im so excited to learn more about tending for roses and watching them grow. Im particularly excited to see how Grace looks in person!

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  84. Lynda Hardwick on

    Before I retired from teaching a student gave me a Peace rose. The fragrance was heavenly and the delicate colors of the yellow and pink blooms were beautiful . I have since moved from the house where it was planted and I miss it terribly.

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  85. Wende on

    My word at this point my comment is 2,823.!! I bought my first Rose some 12 yrs ago, I’m 63 and have adored that Rose, it’s Beautiful and the scent is intoxicating. Back then I never saved tags, didn’t see the point..note to others, save the tag, one day you too will see the point. I have no idea which one it is, I’m thinking and hoping it’s David Austin’s Penelope, I’ll know before long as I have one ordered and expect it’ll be here in a couple of months. I’m thinking if it isn’t she, I’ll be just as excited to see her in my garden. Now I’m off to finish this wonderfully beautiful story. I look forward to the book one day =^)

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  86. Scottie on

    I’m so inspired . Gotta get shopping can’t wait for spring

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  87. Cheryll A Shireman on

    My favorite rose that I have is “Music Box”. I love that it changes color as it matures.

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  88. Rebecca Daavettila on

    I am new to roses; I planted my first two bushes last summer. I have always loved flowers but after the unexpected loss of a baby last spring, I have discovered how healing and rewarding tending to flowers can be. I recently ordered a few packets of flower seeds and started to look more into roses and magnolia trees. We live in MI and have wet, clay soil so I know there’s going to be a big learning curve ahead of me! The two varieties I am intrigued by and would love to plant this spring are the Queen of Elegance and the Sweet Mademoiselle. Their coloring is phenomenal!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your series of posts telling Anne’s story. What an inspiration! I’d love to read her books!

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  89. Josephine on

    I have ordered 2 David Austin roses to try this year for the first time! I’m anxious to see if they will be easy to care for!

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  90. Jeni on

    My David Austin Munstead Wood is my favorite rose I currently grow because of the deep dramatic color of the blooms, the impossible to replicate fragrance and even the extreme amount of thorns it has. Feels like they’re protecting a treasure.

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  91. Jessica Schaudt on

    I’ve been bitten by the rose bug as well. We bought our farm last year and I can’t wait to fit in as many roses as I can. Designing the rose garden has been a challenge as well. I enjoy sitting down and drawing it all out. Thanks for sharing your love of roses!!

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  92. Jessica Schaudt on

    I’ve been bitten by the rose bug as well. We bought our farm
    Last year and I can’t wait to fit in as many roses as I can. Designing the rose garden has been a challenge as well. I enjoy sitting down and drawing it all out. Thanks for sharing your love of roses!!

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  93. Theresa on

    I believe theres a rose type called alba thats highly disease resistant and very hardy. With young children and now a puppy i dont have a lot of time to dedicate to my garden so ill be looking for anything tough!! Thank you for sharing all this information and these lovely stories❤️

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  94. Barry Cox on

    We love the Cecile Brunner from the antique rose emporium in Texas. We have it growing over our wedding arbor. We used the buds in my wife’s wedding bouquet. Currently taking a steel queen bed frame and starting a bed of roses, will take time to get filled out.

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  95. Tegan on

    This series of articles is wonderful. What an incredible amount of roses, so dreamy!
    I once saw a video where someone had a large red climbing rose trained along a gazebo-like structure, and it looked glorious. I’ve been desperate for that rose ever since, and after hunting around the internet, I think it was The Prince’s Trust, an English Legend type. I love the name as well. Roses often have such lovely names.

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  96. Amanda McWane on

    Wow, thanks for the fantastic information! I used to love my dad’s little rose garden when I was a child. I don’t grow any currently, but after reading this I am going to try a few and see how they do for me. Choosing just a few is going to be so hard!

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  97. dolly gauthier on

    My favorite. On my birthday many years ago my daughter and son-in-law took me to antique rose emporium to pick out rose plants for my birthday. One I got- Souvenir de la Malmaison is still to this day my favorite. The fragrance and form remarkable.
    I wish I had more room for roses.

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  98. Amy Szabo on

    To pick a favorite variety is almost impossible for me and oftentimes I have new favorites that stand out, but don’t necessarily mean I love them more than some of my old favorites.
    Right now I would have to say my favorites are Love Song and Neptune for their beautiful lilac purple color that is so unique.
    I also have to include Abraham Darby for its romantic old fashioned blooms and The Pilgrim because it is the sweetest yellow that stands out to me against all the other yellow varieties.
    Thank you floret for bringing love and inspiration to these lovely flowers!

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  99. Seraph-Millar on

    Thank you for all this info. How do you create time for this. With 2 Littles, I dream of having a small garden like this. But my little one is a great start.
    I have 1 rose that was here when we moved in. Only blooms once, then just looks sad the rest of the time.
    I would really love to find Queen of Sweden and salmon garden roses to add to my space.

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  100. Lou & Andy on

    Wow! Just amazing and so insightful Erin! Thank you for your wonderful emails. We are garden designers and live in the UK and are fans of David Austin roses, our favourite is ‘Nostalgia’, which we haven’t seen again since we bought it! It’s so old fashioned in it’s appearance and the blooms smell insane… each year we wait in anticipation for the repeat flowers. Most of our plants are in containers due to where we live at present, and we recently potted up Nostalgia from a manger bed she was in… finding a deep pot for the long tap root. Anyway, despite our small space we maximise it’s use, with a recent ‘pop up greenhouse’ addition! We dream of doing your flower farmers course and pray we’ll be somewhere new in the near future with more space to adventure with you! Bless you Erin and your team, Lou & Andy in the UK!

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  101. Deidre Kennedy on

    Desdemona from David Austin is my favorite! Hoping to snag a few this year. I’m also a sucker for Peggy Martin roses. Are you familiar with those?

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  102. Jayne Elisa on

    My David Austin rose The Albrighton Rambler is my fav and I know my love for it will grow as it matures.

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  103. Erica VG on

    The scent of roses takes me back to my childhood as my granddad had quite a few in his tiny terraced house garden. It may have be small but he lived his roses and took great care of them. I once went head over tea kettle trying to smell one and had scratches on my face, hands and wrists. What a sight! My favorite right now is my David Austin – Olivia rose. Such a beautiful pink.

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  104. C. Tracy-Metz on

    I look forward to adding The Green Rose to my collection! I adore all things deemed odd and it will impart subtle texture to my arrangements. Plus it has a light fragrance! What a treasure.

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  105. THERESA L GARDNER on

    David Austin – The Poets Wife
    It smalls heavenly and combines my love of roses with thoughts of my favorite poems. ❤

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  106. Anya Morgan on

    If I had to choose my favorite rose, it would be as hard as choosing who is your favorite kid, but it will have to be my “firstborns ” . Both are David Austin roses – Queen of Sweden and Clair Austin. They were a good choice for a rose nubie, at least that’s how I felt by getting myself in complex world of English roses.Queen of Sweden shocked me by a sheer size she achieved after 2 years, and Clair-sweet and strong, that girl is. I can write a huge essay on their fragrance and color depending on the time of the day,don’t get me started… “The gentle rose offers a powerful joy known only to the heart.”A.Pacholyk

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  107. Nancy Vonderohe on

    I love the peachy yellow color of “Jude the Obscure” and would love to add it to my garden.

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  108. Maretta Wight on

    I have always wanted to plant a Cecile Brunner climbing rose. It was the rose used at my grandmother’s wedding, as documented in the newspaper article regarding the wedding. I never knew her as she died before I was born. I have never had an archway or anywhere for one to climb, but this year will be the year that I fix that. I was glad to see it is also one of your favorites.

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  109. Natalie Bullock on

    This last year I planted a Kordes Rose, Madame Anisette, and although the fragrance is light, it has such a fruity almost lychee like scent that it immediately became one of my favorite roses! Thank you so much for your posts on your love of roses and all of your hard work! What a joy it’d be to visit Floret Farm one day!

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  110. Alice on

    My favorite rose is Jude the Obscure. It’s such a beautiful pale peach-pink with the most perfect chalice shape.

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  111. Linda Hansen on

    I have just relocated back to Oregon, living in the Willamette Valley. I have enjoyed creating my garden from a blank canvas and this year excited to plant roses.: Climbers, Hybrids, David Austin, etc. Roses I have enjoyed are Peace and Sterling Silver for its lavender color and fragrance. Cheers!

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  112. Lana Williams on

    I moved to a home with a garden full of roses. My favorites are Olivia Rose Austin, Jump for Joy, and Just Joey.

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  113. Barb Fraser on

    Mr Lincoln hybrid tea rose is a favorite-I love the dark red varieties

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  114. Kimberly Johnson on

    I just planted my 1st set of Hybrid Tea roses last year 2021 and my favorite is called Always & Forever a beautiful red rose. I’m just starting so I know I will be adding to my list of favorites soon☺️

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  115. Margery Sherrill on

    My favorite is alchemist – it is stunning from the moment it opens until it fades and the fragrance is heady.

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  116. Anna Steinle on

    I’m a romantic and my favorite is the Eden rose❤️ The cottage garden is not complete without one. But just to reiterate, I’m a romantic so what’s romance without roses?

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  117. Lynette Roberts on

    My favorite rose is Wollerton Old Hall. It’s a beautifully fragrant climbing rose. It’s a pale apricot/cream color.

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  118. Jennifer Zoller on

    Favorite rose: star of the republic for its peachy apricot color and sooo many petals ❤️

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  119. Ashley on

    It’s impossible to pick a favorite rose, but one of my absolute favorites is Valencia. It is a hybrid tea with massive blooms (at least 6-7″ inches sometimes) of a beautiful warm amber color and a fantastic tea fragrance. Even though it is a hybrid tea it gives me numerous blooms and continuous repeat bloom (I prune/deadhead so that I get big flushes, and I got 3 last year in the pacific northwest). The blooms are long-lasting as cut flowers and the plants are generally very healthy for me (no blackspot yet).

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  120. Kathy Roope on

    My favorite rose is Darlow’s Enigma. I got it from Heirloom Roses many years ago as a banded start and it was maybe 6 to 7 inches tall. It was pruned last year and is about 8 feet tall. I love it..and so do the bees! It’s stunning when in full bloom in the spring!

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  121. Kate on

    We recently moved into a lovely home with beautiful, albeit recently unkempt and taking on a wild form, gardens. Within these magical and ethereal outdoor rooms the previous homeowner tucked at least a dozen different roses, none of which I know the names of. Nevertheless, their captivating scents and ruffled appearances won me over and now have me craving adding more of these beauties to our landscape. For this year, I have my eye on Wollerton Old Hall. The description of its captivating scent makes me want to tuck it near my favorite bench where I could enjoy its beauty in my favorite garden in the cool hours of the morning sipping my tea. I am excited to add this gem, and maybe a few others that jump into my cart;) Thank you for the promotion code!

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  122. JENNIFER LANSING on

    I planted my first roses for my grandmother, Rose. She had moved to the beach and wanted some roses, so off to the nursery we went. I remember planting 3 different types for her, Peace, love, and an apricot colored one. Whenever I see them at as nursery I am brought back to those days. My favorites today are heirloom roses, in particular I am attracted to Magnificent Perfume from Heirloom roses.

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  123. Cori Ong on

    Thank you so much for this heartfelt series. It’s been a joy reading how passionate you are about growing roses and preserving old varieties.
    I ordered several roses from High Country and David Austin, I’m so excited for all of them.
    If I had to choose two (one just won’t do, lol), I would have to pick Wenlock (DA) and Koko Loko. Wenlock is not well-known, even in DA circles, and Koko Loko is kind of a rose celebrity. I can’t wait to see your garden grow!

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  124. Melanie Hames on

    Wow!! And I haven’t read the interview with Anne yet…. The ONLY rose in my yard right now was planted 5/2021 – 3 Abraham Darby’s on the recommendation of Erin from instagram 2 years ago. I know almost nothing about roses, but just like the journey that began with the floret workshop class of 2020 (who knew what that year would bring when I signed up in the fall of 2019), I feel like my rose journey is starting now. I am 57 years old, and what inspiration to know that Anne started growing roses at age 60!!!! I actually don’t worry much anymore about the “what ifs,” because I have finally learned that you should live everyday fully like it might be your last! But any lingering “what ifs” go away when I think about what i know so far about Anne. I bought my little bungalow cottage in eastern NC in 1996, the year I began my internship – sitting on only 1/2 acre of land but dreamed, all those years ago, about being able to cut flowers as close to year round as possible so as to brighten my home with a vase of flowers. This dream is growing into so much more and now roses seem to be finding their way into the magic that the last 2 years have been. Magic in covid??? Absolutely. I am a nephrologist and I admit I am worn out with covid. But digging in the dirt or doing garden chores is the single one thing that makes that 5 letter word disappear from my mind, even if for just a few hours at a time. In the words of Floret, YAY!!!!!

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  125. Lindsay on

    I just love David Austin’s climbing Teasing Georgia. I planted it years ago at our first home and lost it after a hurricane flooded our property on Long Island. It had the most wonderful fragrance and looked so charming as it climbed up the cedar gardening shed.

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  126. Patty Davis on

    David Austin’s Gertrude Jekyll for the scent and beauty

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  127. Christine Hoffman on

    David Austin’s classic Heritage rose is my favorite. The fragrance never gets old.

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  128. Amy Baker on

    What a wealth of information. Thank you so much for your generosity! I am brand new to growing roses (though I have an extensive herb and vegetable garden) and am excitedly planning for the spring. I have my eye on Jasmina. She will be the perfect choice to climb up the trellis on the side of our old stone farm house. The lovely color, continuous blooms and fragrance will be perfect just outside our kitchen door. And, this hardy variety will be a great choice for Wisconsin, I think!

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  129. Jen on

    Thank you for this series on roses! It’s amazing. I think it’s impossible to choose a favorite rose, but I would love to grow David Austin’s Princess Anne.

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  130. Susie Middleton on

    My favorite rose is Carding Mill. The blooms are exquisite and this year it bloomed four different times throughout the season and into the fall. So pretty. Second favorite is Crown Princess Margarheta which we have climbing over our outdoor shower — just in its second year this summer but doing well and just blooms in time with the last of the purple Henry clematis planted next to it.

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  131. Tricia Tabor on

    I have always had a love for roses, and I am hoping to get some English roses in my garden this year. I love the look of them, and I love the beautiful smell that they have. Whenever I see a rose, a go and cup the bloom and smell of it! I guess that I was taught that as a child, by my mom and grandmothers, because it seems as though that’s the natural response! I love all of the beautiful roses represented here!! Thanks for sharing!

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  132. Judy Heath on

    I have a small garden in Annapolis MD and began 21 years ago by planting a Sombriel climber. It is such a beauty and the fragrance is divine. I think it is a Portland variety. I have ordered from Pickering in Ontario Canada, Heirloom and Antique Rose Emporium over the years. My desire was to have only those old roses discovered before 1900 although I have fudged a bit. My favorites planted over the years are Blanc Double de Colbert, Zephrine Drouhin, Old Blush climber, Gloire de Dijon, Cecile Bruner but I love them all. Last year I ordered my first David Austin, Boscobel. Because my garden is small and I fight the deer constantly I always say I’m planting no more but then I read about Ann and her garden and you Erin, and your love for these beauties and I get inspired all over again. I just need to find a spot or two in the spring!!

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  133. Joyce Winget on

    I planted a light pink rambling rose 35 years ago on our acre. I wish I knew the name of it. But I did cut a start and planted it in the back yard where I have more sun. We have mostly shade in the front yard. So I went to a rose farm in Snohomish and found a light yellow rambling rose that does great in the shade. It is a Malvern Hills. It is my favorite rose on my property.

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  134. Deb on

    I am inspired by your beautiful flowers and had my list made to order some seeds from you this year as soon as the sale went live. Living just a bit south of you in Puyallup, we are familiar with Christianson’s Nursery and in fact were planning our daughter’s wedding in their rose garden, until COVID interrupted their wedding plans. I am slowly adding roses to my backyard garden. My favorites are blush and pink, with Earth Angel being one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing your world of flowers with those of us who who share that love.

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  135. Lezlie Clay on

    I’m hoping to add my very first roses this year! I want some creamy peach varieties like Crown Princess Margareta and Valencia. 😊

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  136. Christine on

    My great grandmother used to have the most amazing rose garden. After she passed, my grandma took over and cared for the plants she had grown up with. Sadly, my mother did not share the same love of gardening and after grandma made her journey to The Big Garden, the property was sold and the roses with it. It’s always been a dream to recreate what the ladies in my family had. My husband and I were able to purchase several acres last year which gives me the opportunity to start my own rose collection. I can’t wait to see what my garden turns into and this series makes me so much more excited for the possibilities.

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  137. Joanne on

    I must count again but I think I have 150 roses tucked everywhere in Langley BC. I love each and everyone of my darlings. Several things helped me along the road of rose growing. I met a young man from France who was working at Cedar Rim Nursery. I am fortunate because Langley is a haven for large nurseries like Christensens as well as amazing growers all within 15 minutes of our home. Max was finishing a Master’s in Horticulture and working for a couple of years in Canada. I engaged him to build me my first rose garden in about 2013. As well in 2006 Vera Bedard from Blasig Landscaping created a design for about half an acre of our 1.3 acre property. There is a large brick planter which called for just one variety of pink roses which we planted. The third part of my rose journey was seeing your roses and having you turn us loose cutting them in 2016. The fourth piece was when Heather from Myrtle and Olive an incredible client who never drives to Langley came on a Sunday to meet me at Select Roses and helped me select roses. She was my first client to use my roses as a significant part of her design. Finally, we have Van Noort around the corner in my neighbourhood as well. Although I have gone to church with the family all my married life I was unaware of the potential for me to acquire varieties in large more affordable amounts. I appreciate your explanation of leaving the roses in pots to get strengthened. This is why I am buying from Select Roses. I love all the varieties I have but Jude the Obscure, Queen of Sweden, Mungstead Wood and Chico de Mayo (which makes me think fondly of spending three magical days Julio from the Flower Hat.

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  138. Cj on

    I love the Natchitoches Noisette rose that was found in a Natchitoches cemetary growing wild 100 years later. The one I have never stops blooming and requires no fussing. It is covered in pink blooms from May until December. I trim it from time to time to keep it manageable for the space. It’s not a good cut flower, but, it is an outstanding shrub flower!

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  139. Rohimah Sarpin on

    I’m into the floribundas & English garden roses @David Austin’s roses. Love them for their beauty, fragrance & long/repeat flowering. I’m partial to the ones of peach/apricot & yellow blooms. Last year I planted ‘Teasing Georgia’, ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ and ‘Perfume Honey’ (non-DA). Am looking forward to add ‘Thomas Graham’ & ‘Golden Celebration’ this year. God willing.

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  140. Rebecca Carlo on

    I have twilight zone on my wish list! It’s a deep purple rose, and I’d love to add it to my purple collection. it is extremely fragrant!

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  141. Jenny Sterling on

    I’m hoping to add Petit de Hollande (or another exceptionally, beautifully fragrant variety) and James Galway in front of our home. I absolutely *loved* the 17th pic of those gorgeous clusters of roses in your Roses part 1 post. I’ve never seen one like that and don’t even know if it’s available in an online nursery, but if a note could be added at the end of the posts to share names of those varieties it would be so appreciated. The longer I grow flowers, figs, save vegetable seeds, etc…the more I’ve come to appreciate the “keepers”…those like your friend, Anne, who guarded, nurtured and preserved all of those treasured varieties most people would never even know about. Thank you for encouraging this important work and passion to preserve in all of us.

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  142. Barb Hazen on

    My favorite rose is Fragrant Cloud.

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  143. Rachel Boyers on

    I just started trying a few roses in my garden this past summer and my favorite, of the few I planted, was “Moonlight in Paris.” It is a soft peach that seems to glow from within with a creamy yellow center. The color changes as it matures and it takes my breath away! I’m just loving reading this blog and feel so inspired to add more varieties of roses in the coming years. I’m especially interested in figuring out which varieties will be hardier and do well in our Vermont winters. Thank you for continuing to share all your knowledge and amazing experiences with us!

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  144. Kate Harrison on

    Thank you for such wonderful information you give us all. You all are just the best!
    I just started growing roses at 65 so feel excited and inspired by Anne’s story. My friend has a birthday coming up next week and she says her favorite is Mr Lincoln so bought that for her so she gets a chance to see him grow. I fell for Abbaye de Cluny which is a apricot blowsy rose with a citrusy scent. Just planted her and I check on her everyday! Will be beautiful in June.

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  145. Hannah Rose on

    How amazing! I’ve collected all things roses since I was a little girl! My mom used to tease me and call me “granny”! Ha! We’ve recently moved to a home with some acreage, but not a single rose in sight! I can’t wait to fill every nook and cranny for my 4 kids to enjoy with me. I love the Star of Republic, which is fitting because our land is in the town of Republic!

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  146. Sandy Greig on

    Wow! Earth Angel is a popular favorite, and one of mine also. Thanks, Erin, for all you do for the love of flowers.

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  147. Joe Haverkamp on

    I just started a rose garden for my wife last year and would love to surprise her with an Abraham Darby rose! I’ve never seen such a huge bloom!

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  148. Ellen Atkins on

    Thank you Erin. My favorite roses are Sterling Silver. The color is just beautiful with a citrusy sweet fragrance. Lavender is one of my most favorite colors and this one has my heart. The only thing I learned years ago which made me sad, is many normally die within 24 hours of cutting. I heard years ago, man in Hayward, California had come up with a variety that lasted a bit longer. I live in New York where the growing season is short. I tried a few times but was unsuccessful. I absolutely adore roses of all colors and varieties. I love your work. 💜

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  149. Linda Rowe on

    Earth Angel. Oh my goodness those peony shaped blooms that are pink and white. Gonna try this year

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  150. Brenda Harvey on

    Rosa “New Dawn”. My all-time favorite. A sturdy, beautiful, climber. The light pink color reminds me of pink cotton candy! It’s repeat blooms are such a bonus. Love it!

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  151. Mary Dunn on

    I have always loved all things roses. I have grown them, drawn them, painted them and had them delicately carved on a fireplace mantel. They inspire, calm, delight and fascinate me. I am a bit obsessed but they make me happy! French Lace has been a long time favorite with its soft color palette and sweet shape. The Lady Gardner has a fullness and warmth to its blooms that I have lately come to admire. I am down to 5 bushes but hope to start enjoying them in abundance again.

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  152. Kariann Myers on

    I only have one rose bush. I’m new to growing them and want them all! So I don’t have a favorite yet but hopefully I can add to my collection this year!

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  153. Chelsea on

    I love any and all roses because they are all so beautiful but my all time favorite is the rose of Sharon bush! My great grandma used to have them in her yard when I was little and they were yellow, which was my favorite color. Years ago my mother to a start from one of my great grandma’s bushes and to this day whenever it blooms we always think of grandma!

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  154. Katie on

    I love roses…maybe because my Grandpa nicked named me Rosebud? I come from a family that has always grown roses, but fell in love with the David Austin varieties on a tour on a rose farm in Carpinteria, CA several years ago. One of my favorites right now is Teasing Georgia. Another favorite was my sister’s favorite ( she has since passed), Hot Cocoa. It pairs well with Teasing Georgia. So each summer they grow and I just smile.

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  155. Cassandra DeLeon on

    The only rose I have been able to grow really well in our climate is an old fashioned copper rose. It is delightfully fragrant and lovely when in full bloom. I would love to source some heirloom varieties to try.

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  156. Amy Claborn on

    I’m new to the rose game but I do think they are all beautiful!

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  157. Kate H on

    A Cecile Brunner rose would be so very lovely to experience.

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  158. Sue C on

    I love the Austin rose Graham Thomas for its beautiful yellow color and also Therese Bugnet a hybrid rugosa for its form, fragrance and winter interest. Thank you for your social media posts and your generosity.

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  159. Ellen Ritchie on

    I grew up in Des Moines, IA back when many days of the winter were single digit cold. We lived on an old house with many tall oak trees and only a few sunny spaces to grow flowers. One corner was made into a rose garden which burst into bloom with the arrival of muggy weather in June. The first and last rose blooming during the season was an old fashioned-looking white rose with a small green eye called Madame Hardy. She was spectacular and stood out in the day and the night with a non-aggressive but lovely scent. I love that rose. I now live on LI and have tried to succeed in growing it. I sent off for one that never took in my garden. I will keep trying because that rose defines the species for me.

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  160. Cassandra Barton on

    I purchased Teasing Georgia’s the Heirloom Rose farm multiple years ago. It sits right next to my patio and has always been a stunner. Couldn’t love it more!

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  161. Erin M. on

    I love reading and learning more about flowers in your blogs. We don’t have any roses in our gardens yet. I would love to have a beautiful sweet smelling climbing rose arbor.

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  162. Andrea Springer on

    My family and I (husband and 4 small children) live in our first home in the city of Everett on a small lot, next to a truck route and near the train depot. It’s no gardeners dream but I am working hard to use what little space we have for beauty and purpose and as many plants and flowers as possible. My husband made me a trellis for my first Mother’s Day after we moved and I bought my first David Austin rose, “The Generous Gardener”, that we can see out our dining room/school room/playroom window (yes, all in one). Any home is a gift with this economy and we’re thankful for the opportunity to make it beautiful!

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  163. Chere Tournet on

    My mother had flower gardens in which so many perennial varieties painted the loveliest summer canvas. Like her, I have had gardens wherever we’ve lived – from dry Kansas to damp New England. Roses have not been featured in our gardens. However, since taking floral design courses this past year, I’ve grown to dream (and plan for) of roses blooming about in our many gardens. I like all rose varieties and consider shape and color to factor in, but top of my list would be fragrance!

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  164. Stephanie Lesch on

    My absolute favorite rose, that made me fall in love with roses to begin with, is David Austin’s Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Its a stunning color and my daughter was named after the book as well.

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  165. Rita Gustafson on

    I have been a nurse for forty three years and I will be retiring this coming June. I really want a rose garden full of old fashioned roses. I love the cabbage rose form and the fragrance. Im starting to plan now and am having so much fun looking at all the beautiful roses. I should have mentioned we moved to a little farm in the country and now I have space for my rose garden plus an old farm house porch for a few ramblers.

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  166. Rachel Monteiro on

    Living in Portland, Oregon – the City of Roses- there are so many amazing varieties to enjoy all around us! Picking one as a favorite is very difficult but for practical reasons I’d have to say David Austin ‘Graham Thomas’. It is very easy to grow and stand up to our heat waves pretty well. Established roses here are surprisingly drought-tolerant!

    Rachel Monteiro
    Rachel’s Landscape Design

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  167. Nancy Dohrn on

    My mom died last January at 95 and she had a gorgeous red rose that she got from her aunt. My sister and I took cuttings and her rose continues to live on. We have no idea of the name but I’ve shared it with many friends. I’d like to think mom is smiling down on us.

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  168. Jenn on

    For a long time I was obsessed with growing all kinds of edible plants, but I had little interest in growing flowering plants. I was suspicious of them and couldn’t see their utility. Despite this I’ve always loved growing roses. Madame Hardy was one of the first rose plants I grew, ordered after I discovered a book about old rose varieties in the library. There’s something about Madame Hardy that gives me the shivers, in the best way. It makes me feel like I’ve traveled back in time to 1830s France, and I’m seeing what the people of that era thought was beautiful. It’s touching that the rose breeder, Alexandre Hardy, named it after his wife, Félicité Hardy – it seems like he really admired her because it’s such an elegant plant. The leaves are rich green, matte, and soft. The unopened buds have wonderfully frilly, ornate sepals. The flowers are intricate, swirled disks of pure white petals with a small green button in the center. The fragrance is fresh and sweet like an unprocessed honey – not especially strong or overwhelming, just softly delicious. It blooms in one large mass in early summer, and the limited appearance makes it even more special.

    I’ve since grown many lovely rose varieties, and the more I experience the longer my rose wish list gets – there are so many colors, shapes, and scents! This year I’m excited to try growing Koko Loko, because the color is astonishing and someone posted that it smells like grape kool-aid. As an aside, I read on another blog that all roses varieties are wonderful if they are grown in the right location and conditions for that particular rose. In that regard roses seem a lot like people to me.

    Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge of flowering plants – discovering this blog finally helped me overcome my prejudice against growing showy annual flowers, and I’m so happy I did. And thank you for sharing Anne Belovich’s story – she’s tremendously inspiring.

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  169. Debbie Guy on

    I turned 60 this year and will be ordering my first roses to plant in an area where we regrettably had to cut down some dead trees. One rose I have my eye on is Distant Drums. Who can choose?! They all hold beauty. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of roses so others can enjoy also – you are so generous! I can’t wait to go read Ann’s story in part 4.

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  170. Jeannine LeVigne on

    My late mom’s name is Rose, and we always had rose bushes in our small backyard, growing up in Brooklyn, NY, even though we only lived in a rental apartment. Her sister’s name was Violet. She died of TB at the age of 18, many years ago. I got my love of flowers ( and especially roses) and gardening from my grandmother, who was also named Rose. Here in Maine it’s a bit challenging for roses, but favorite I came across at a flower show is called “Reine desViolettes”, an old heirloom which was available from Old Sheep Meadows Farm, here in Maine. Also, my property here blooms with an abundance of wild violets each Spring!

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  171. Nina Eisberg on

    At 67 I am starting my life over and just bought a charming small yellow farmhouse with absolutely no landscaping but was told there are 11 peonies that might be pink! My plan is to move the dahlias in first and then reimagine my cut-flower business to include more woodies & perennials than annuals. Roses are in that plan and I hope to have the front porch dripping in climbers this year. Thank you Erin for this timely information and beautiful story about Anne in her 60’s starting her rose journey… truly an inspiration!

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  172. Diane Moser on

    My very first rose purchase is Margaret Merril, a white flowered English cluster legend with a strong, citrus scent planted in the white garden (the front yard).

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  173. Jeanette Dyer on

    Love all roses, so do the local deer. One variety that has been a beautiful bloomer that I have to protect from the deer population is Princess Charlene of Monaco hybrid tea. Have had success with floribundas too. Would like to try a lot more varieties! Thank you for sharing you’re knowledge!

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  174. Chelsie Solie on

    I’ve never grown roses but I hope to start this year. My husband built an archway into our backyard and that’s where I plan to begin. I’m so excited!!

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  175. Amber Ruchti on

    I have just started my journey with growing roses. Last year I bought my first David Austin rose called “Claire Austin” I pot planted last spring and have been waiting patiently for the coming spring to see if I can train it to grow around a basement window. I consider myself a novice gardener. I have a small city plot in Tacoma Washington that I am slowly transforming into a secret northwest style English garden. This rose series has me wanting to hunt around for an heirloom rose that I can add to my yard. Thank you for your time in sharing your journey with roses!

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  176. Patricia Carvalho on

    I have been growing roses for about 5 years now and each year, and have been building an ever-growing number of different varieties. Many David Austin roses make the top of my list, but I also appreciate the beauty and fragrance of many old garden roses.
    Olivia Rose Austin is my one of favorite roses. It blooms prolifically, and is pretty much disease-free in my garden. Gallica Officinalis has a wonderful fragrance and I love its loose shape- too bad it only blooms once a year. I am looking forward to growing a few polyanthas I’m introducing to my garden this year, including Marie Paviè and The Fairy and I can’t wait to see Eustacia Vye and Emily Brontë in bloom!

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  177. Stefanie Jensen on

    I’ve never grown roses before and had no idea there were so many varieties and options. Reading this makes me want to plant an English garden with a wide variety of types and colors. I really love the climbing Roses on the archway. That is spectacular.

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  178. ANDREA LOUISE CAULFIELD on

    I love the David Austin roses – English Roses. They are so beautiful and elegant around my patio. The fragrance from them is intoxicating. I would to plant more throughout my gardens. I can’t seem to get enough of them.

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  179. Diane on

    I’m excited to try Golden Celebration or Queen of Sweden in a pot this year!

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  180. Kellie Folkerts on

    Love learning anything and everything about gardening and rose growing. So the “world’s largest rose bush” (not sure if it really is) in Tombstone, Arizona, in the backyard of an old house that you can visit (https://tombstonerosetree.com/worlds-largest-rose-tree/)has a huge still thriving rose tree as they call it and I love it! It’s so big, well maintained & over the top-literally- and has a beautiful story. That is my favorite rose (white Lady Banksia) it’s able to grown in my southern Arizona climate which is a plus for me!

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  181. Kathleen on

    I haven’t tried my hand at roses yet, but will definitely be adding a magic rose garden to my dream garden plan! Love that there are so many beautiful varieties, especially all the rambling climbers!

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  182. Gina Flint on

    I am so inspired by your work! I have never really been serious about growing roses, but I am excited to try. Because of space constraints, I will probably focus on varieties that can climb. Thank you for sharing!

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  183. Nancy VanVoltenburg on

    Have thoroughly enjoyed and been inspired by your Rose Story. I live in the Midwest and am dreaming of spring as I watch the snow fall, so am filling my notebook with lots of tips and ideas. I’ve always been a flower gardener, but never tried roses. Now I’m anxious to try several of the varieties I read about, but think I will start with a climber. Love the color of Handel. Thanks so much for your wonderful posts.

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  184. Jennifer Porter on

    Thank you for sharing this story. I’m new to gardening roses and have a hedge of peach drift landscape roses that always put on an amazing show from spring to fall. I’m now starting to dabble in other roses so far my favorite has been Earth Angel.

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  185. Gail Oliver on

    I imagine a climbing rose, fragrant as of old, with the deepest pink-red tones, blooming near my back door, all through the summer. It’s a challenge to find that climbing rose of my imagination while living in the harsh weathers of NE Wisconsin. I’ll keep searching, especially with your help on Floret.

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  186. Jackie McNeel on

    Bought our acreage 2 years ago and can’t wait to start planting roses. I like unusual colors so excited to plant hot cocoa and Koko Loko also love Anne Harkness!

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  187. Samantha on

    I am so excited to try growing Lady of Shalott roses this year! I love their color and form and am hoping they are as hardy and disease-resistant as described.

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  188. Dawn Krusi on

    My favorite is Sombreuil which I have planted right by my front door. The delicate swirl of the petals and soft colors in the buds, and scent are breathtaking.

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  189. Lindsay Poynor on

    The Olivia Rose Austin from David Austin is my absolute favorite and best performer! I can’t wait to add more roses into my garden this year!

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  190. MaryJo on

    I hope to grow star of republic one day!

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  191. Janay on

    I love big blooms and I can not lie! Jubilee and Pope are wonderful for cut blooms. Roses are mesmerizing and I love enjoying cut blooms indoors but also revere them from a window. My Mom introduced me to roses and gardening and she brought the very hardy Top Gun into the landscape. So impressed with its color and resilience.

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  192. Carol P on

    I had many own root roses I had collected over 35 years. Sadly I had to leave them behind when I sold my home. I am starting over and will be adding Rose de Resht to my new garden. A lovely fuchsia, very hardy in my Seattle garden and easy to grow. The fragrance is wonderful.

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  193. Wendi O. on

    I want to plant the rose Evelyn someday.

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  194. Kathleen Magin on

    This blog series has reminded me why I so very much love roses, beyond that ‘Rose” is a family name that spans 4 generations so far.

    My current fave is Moonlight Romantica. I love all things yellow, and something about this rose just speaks to my soul. The color, the shape it takes with all those gorgeous petals. It is just the sweetest shade of happiness. I also love that it tolerates the wide temperature swings and the summer humidity of the northeast.

    If only in my younger years, I had better cataloged my roses. I once upon a time had the sweetest smelling, multi-colored coral-pink-yellow beauty I have ever smelled. Life took over and I lost that gal years ago. She was a gem. I think that is why I am so precise in labeling everything that goes into my gardens now.

    Thank you for this series. I really needed it.

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  195. Michelle G. on

    I am completely inspired by the metal towers designed for climbers. What a brilliant idea. I am sketching plans as my husband sleeps. Hope he is up to a welding project 🙏. Can’t wait to try Alchymist. This will be my first experience with climbers. Thank you for the wonderful articles.

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  196. Sicileigh Hansen on

    I can’t wait to grow “The Generous Gardener.” Pink roses have always been my favorite!!

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  197. Kari on

    I would love to start some climbing roses. I especially love the Claire Austin rose from David Austin.

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  198. Shannin on

    I would love to grow a Koko Loko rose this year because of its color change as it matures! Thank you for sharing this entire story with us. It’s wonderful🤩

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  199. Susie Bates on

    I am hoping to try Jump for Joy! It looks like such a beautiful rose and I love pink💗

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  200. Joycelyn Laus on

    I’m waiting for DA rose “Evelyn”. No one has it.😔

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  201. Kim on

    I would love to grow Grace in my garden. It’s color is beautiful and I like the full garden rose look!

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  202. Kim on

    I would love to grow Grace in my garden. It’s color is beautiful and I like the full garden rose loo!

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  203. Jeanne Sommer on

    I loved reading this series and about Anne. I turned 60 in 2021 and it inspired me to hear about all the things she did in the 37 more years she had! I’m not dead yet. I’m looking into some of the rambling/climbing roses you suggest. I’ve never tried that and I have some ugly fences I’d like to beautify! I hope they grow fast! Thank you!

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  204. Kelly on

    I cut a lot of my flowers and give them away to our community. I would love to grow Abraham Darby so I can give bouquets away with them in it.

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  205. Amanda Cipperly on

    My husband and I bought our dream farm just about 5 years ago. The property was so overgrown and I still find new perennials almost every spring. Although we haven’t planted any roses (yet) the property is covered in multiflora rose. My husband always threatens to cut them down because they are considered invasive, but the simple white blooms are so elegant and I look forward to seeing them appear on the farm every year.

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  206. Tiffany Turner on

    I honestly know very little about roses, but would love the opportunity to try my hand at growing some! ❤️

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  207. Patricia Espedal on

    I’m loving the David Austin Olivia Austin Rose. These posts are just lovely!

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  208. Ana on

    I am an aficiado of climbers, I love my Canadian Explorer “John Cabot” rose, Don Juan, my Eden, Iceberg, and my Zepherine Drouhin equally!!!!

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  209. Anna White on

    I’ve been dreaming of growing the beautiful Distant Drums rose. I hope this is the year I get to grow it. It’s amber center color reminds me so much of warm candle light. Such a beauty.

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  210. Alina Wrench on

    I have been in love with Jude the Obscure and Wollerton Old Hall for quite some time….I have a pale buttery yellow house that I have always wanted to accent with yellow roses, and David Austin’s are simply dreamy!!!

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  211. Josie on

    Earth Angel-I love the color and the size. I Got mine at heirloom roses last year and it did amazing for its first year.

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  212. Cherie Hughes on

    I am an Oklahoma gardener and rose lover. I remember visiting the Antique Rose Emporium with my Mother years ago. The Cecile Brunner rose I purchased there is one of my favorite roses. When it reaches its peak performance each spring, rambling on my fence, I am always rewarded with fragrance and beautiful pink roses that are just breathtaking to behold.

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  213. Denise Riebe on

    My favorite rose is ‘Rosa glauca’. Gardening in Montana is a challenge and this rose steps to the plate. I love the turquoise blush of it’s leaves reminding me of an old bronze patina. The perky pink single blooms are simple and perfect but they do not last very long—which, makes them special! The hips are wonderful and long lasting—made for Christmas wreaths and late winter food for hungry birds!

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  214. Mary Vadeboncoeur on

    I have been growing roses for over 50 years. Love all rose varieties especially the fragrant ones and those with color variations within the same bloom. I eagerly wait the first Spring blooms from my favorite rose, Chicago Peace. It is not particularly fragrant, but it is a pure delight to pick a 6-inch fully-opened vibrantly multicolored bloom and float it in a pedestal vase to grace our dining table. There we all can admire its exquisite beauty for several days. A few years ago, I was pleased to learn that it was my younger sister, Ann’s, favorite rose, too. She unexpectedly, passed away this past October, so now this rose is even more special to me!

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  215. Patricia Ridgeway on

    I am just starting to grow roses but I am so excited and plan to branch out with many. David Austin roses are my go to right now. I love your articles and posts and so enjoyed last years class and now revisiting it as an alumni. Thank you.

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  216. Meredith Nunnikhoven on

    Paris de Yves St. Laurent Has such a flirty, non conforming shape. Unexpected beauty and soft pinkish color. A hybrid selection like this would do well for us in an exposed, zone 5 environment.

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  217. Susan Rendall on

    I’m in Kansas and have a number of David Austin roses and own root plants. My garden has been getting too shady for them so I’m moving them to the veggie garden area-converting it to a rose garden. Japanese beetles are a huge problem. I get the first and last flush of roses and they get the summer ones. I don’t use pesticides-just soapy water. I’m inspired to try some more of the old type roses and grow them in the sun.

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  218. Michelle Brown on

    I would love to grow the climbing rose, Rosa ‘alchymist’. It is the most beautiful combination of pink and yellow! But you have given me quite a few more varieties to add to my wish list!

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  219. Jonnie combs on

    You are a great teacher and inspiration to so many. I have only grown a few roses but no long to try some nes. I would love some David Austin roses and also The Poets Wife rose and Madame Hardy rose. I am told one of my ancestors with Hardy name was responsible for the Madame Hardy rose. My late aunt, June Cardinale, was an avid rose gardener in California, Santa Rosa I think and for many years took care of all the roses in the town rose garden and had over 200 varieties in her personal garden. I would love to have the above roses and gift certificate to honor her and my ancestors who were so passionate about growing so many roses.

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  220. Becky Bingham on

    My favorite is Jude the Obscure. The scent is intoxicating!

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  221. Michelle Carson on

    I planted a few varieties from High Country Roses last year and can’t wait to see them bloom! I most looking forward to Perfume Factory and Candy Stripe! We’ll see how long I can hold off before purchasing a few more :)

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  222. Pam B on

    I am struck by the beauty of Ebb Tide and would love to try it in my garden this year! I also love Peace, Lichfield Angel, and Violet’s Pride. My mom’s name is Rose and it always makes me think of her to see roses in my garden or someone else’s. :)

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  223. KC Smith on

    Many things excite me in life but 3 that stand out most are wrinkles, rust and heirloom roses. My memories of roses as a child are Mother’s Day Sundays when I would cross the road to a neighbors house where she had vines full of red roses. If your mother was still living you wore a red one, if she was deceased, you wore a white one. The first time I had to wear white in my twenties made me nauseous. But, today I’m 65 and before my sister died she encouraged me to buy some heirloom roses. One plant died and I still have the melon colored rose. Since then I love all kinds of roses, and all colors but my favorites are heirloom. Full old fashioned blooms are comforting to me now and bring back memories of my sister. I have about 8 different roses and plan to group them all together in our side yard. Climbing roses are definitely on my list for this new year.

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  224. Anne Phernetton on

    I have struggled some with growing roses here in Zone 4b-SE Minnesota. I would love to have 3-5 varieties to be showcased in my perennial bed. I love peach/apricot, white, yellow, and pink rose varieties. I would enjoy winning a gift card to be able to purchase a few roses.

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  225. Janell H on

    I’m drawn to pale peach, pink, and yellow tones. One variety i fell in love with on their site is Irish Hope. Another is Litchfield Angel. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

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  226. Michelle Marks on

    I hope to grow something like ‘Easy Does It’ or ‘MardiGras’… I love how the colors pink/coral/yellowish all meld together like a sunset. I’m in a colder climate and still looking for just the right thing.

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  227. Pat on

    The peace rose is my favorite because my grandmother always had it in her yard. When I see it, I always think of her. I don’t know a lot about roses but am anxious to learn what does well in my climate in the Texas Panhandle zone 7a. There was a small wild rose at a deserted house in our town that was yellow and covered in small thorns, it had a wonderful smell. I wish I had gotten a start before it was plowed under. If you know what it was, I’d love to know.

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  228. Amanda on

    My current wishlist is topped by Abraham Darby. In your first book. I was introduced to AD and was absolutely smitten. Thank you for doing this!

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  229. Catherine Constant on

    I love roses! My favorite rose is Cornelia Rose Climber. It has a beautiful fragrance and I love the peachy/ salmon color. I would love to have a David Austin rose to my little cottage garden. Thank you for inspiring me to grow flowers and to be bold about them.

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  230. Liz Cauthorn on

    When I read that Ann started growing roses at 60, I said that’s me! I planted my 1st rose last fall, it’s called High Voltage. It’s a yellow rose and I’m looking forward to seeing it grow this year. I really like yellow roses and this one just happened to be half off at the end of the season, and I thought heck why not? Of course I didn’t have a place to put it but I fixed that problem eventually. I also bought 2 roses late,late in the fall at tractor supply. Those I felt sorry for and they were only a dollar each at that point so I rescued them. They are in the ground but not permanently placed. I’m not sure if they’ll live as they are a zone 5 and I’m technically zone 4b but they might. They’re the climbing rose Golden Showers another yellow rose. So these roses are the start of my rose journey.

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  231. Sara Hiatt on

    The David Austen Strawberry Hill rose has been my favorite. There’s simply no way to describe the way this rose simply glows from within, a tender blush pink that doesn’t fade out into a blah pink as it ages. The rose I want to try this season is Cream Veranda rose in a pot near my porch swing.

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  232. Lauren on

    There are so many beauties out there! I was happy to stumble upon Love Song last year, a beautiful soft purple. I ordered a handful of roses to plant this year, and I think my favorite will be French Lace.

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  233. Crystal Clark on

    I would love to have a Quicksilver climbing rose. The color is a beautifully subdued lavender.

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  234. Karen Combs on

    My favorite sentimental rose is Peace. I remember planting it with my dad when I was a young and he said it was his favorite. All grown up I discovered David Austin roses from Heirloom Roses and my first was Princess Anne. She has performed beautifully in just one year in Dallas and I am hooked forever more!

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  235. Eva on

    I am looking forward to growing roses in containers this year for the first time. My favorites so far are Lady of Shalott (it has a beautiful coloring and does well in containers, plus, what’s not to love about that name?!) The other one is Viking Queen which I am looking forward to growing on an obelisk to plant by the entrance of our house and will serve as our guardian here in Minnesota (the name fits quite well too). And it’s such a beautiful pink!!!!

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  236. Terri Martinez on

    i don’t have a favorite yet but will be purchasing “Plum Perfect” to start. This was my grandmothers favorite color.

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  237. Laurie Strecki on

    Good Morning!
    One of my favorite roses is Firefighter. It is a deep red and is singular on a long stem. The fragrance is outstanding!! The petals almost have a velvet look to them. I always get multiple compliments on this beautiful rose, especially the fragrance that exudes from this beauty. I have had super success with taking cuttings and starting many different roses…I have gardened since I was a little girl, I am almost 70 years young and will garden until I step into eternity, and I do expect to see many roses and other beautiful flowers surrounding my mansion in the sky…Thanks for ALL of the great information and inspiration! All the best! Laurie Glory

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  238. Kathy Nelson on

    Favorite roses are Sally Homes, Rosa Glauca, Abraham Darby and Green Snake. Is Anne’s rose garden local to you?

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  239. Sara on

    I’ve loved this so much!! I’m just getting started in my rose journey and started with DA roses from Heirloom… my first are Grace, Teasing Georgia and Golden Celebration. Cannot wait to add to them and I’ll be using this code….THANK YOU!!

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  240. Lindsay on

    Can’t wait to add to my small rose garden! Favorite variety is Heritage. Thanks for the blog; found this very interesting and inspiring.

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  241. Shelbi schnoor on

    Crown princess margareta is in the plans for me this year! My husband is starting the tradition of purchasing a new variety of rose for me every Valentine’s Day instead of a bouquet of flowers ♥️♥️

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  242. Amy S on

    I have not grown my own roses, but I can remember growing up we had some that were beautiful and fragranced. I would love to add some to our garden this year in our new house as we are getting married, and this would be a great memory to have. I would love to grow Madame Anisette in my garden!

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  243. Sharon Haster on

    A few years ago I was able to visit Heirloom Roses when they were still open to the public. It was such a beautiful and relaxing place to go. I bought two of my favorite roses there: Magician and Fourth of July. They continue to thrive and I look forward to their blooms each year. Magician is a sweet flower that begins as a yellow bud and ‘magically’ turns to a soft pink and peach color as it matures. It is very hardy and you can’t help but smile as you pass by.

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  244. Tam Childers on

    Haven’t grown any roses yet but I feel this is rather remiss because where I live is supposed to be excellent for growing roses, we even have a rose festival. I really want to try growing Roald Dahl.

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  245. Stephanie Flick on

    I am new to roses, but learned after I ordered several, that my grandfather used to have quite the rose garden. I am overwintering them in my garage. I hope they make it! My favorite of the ones I have ordered so far is Roald Dahl.

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  246. Jessi Graven on

    I’m excited to try the cutting ones that you’ve mentioned: Abraham Darby, Golden Celebration, Grace, Teasing Georgia, Perlie Mae, Mother of Pearl, and French Lace

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  247. Lei Lani Blackwell on

    Hi, I planted rugosa roses and I had some luck. I have a problem with japanese beetles but I have been picking them off and drowning them. I would like to try a climbing rose with great fragrance and yellow or apricot in color. I am in zone 5 about 2 miles inland from Lake Huron in Michigan. I hope you can suggest a hardy rose> Thank you.

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  248. Beth Morse on

    Having moved to WA from a dry, desert climate where growing roses was a bit difficult I was lucky enough to move to a home where roses bloomed in profusion. We have been adding to the garden each year and my favorite rose (at least today) is “The Generous Gardner”, an English Rose by David Austin, that reminds me of travels though the UK countryside.

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  249. Shannon Kimmel on

    I was gifted an, ‘Wollerton Old Hall,’ for Mothers day and it is my favorite! The blooms smell amazing and it doesn’t have many thorns, which makes it great for cutting.

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  250. Dianne Haglund on

    I have ordered Jude the Obscure to grow in my garden this year. The most beautiful yellow imaginable, and I can’t wait to see it blooming in my garden! 💛

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  251. Alexandria Russell on

    Alexandra of Kent is my most favorite of my Austin roses. Prolific,fragrant,hardy for my Zone 5B.
    I also love my ramblers.

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  252. Andrea on

    My mother worked in a commercial rose greenhouse for several years. She was always bringing home buckets of seconds. I am just now hoping to start a few bushes. We have one variety from a long time family friend, but I don’t know what it is. I love the David Austin roses but there are few that work in our Minnesota zone 4.

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  253. Mallorie Havener on

    My favorite is Wollerton Old Hall. The fragrance is fantastic, anything with undertones of myrrh is a winner in my book. The peachy cream color effortlessly finds a spot in any bouquet. Can’t wait for my new rose to come in from Heirloom Roses!! Thanks so much for the discount code. Can’t wait to meet Anne in the next post!!!

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  254. Katrina Price on

    I just started David Austin roses 🌹 this last year when we moved into our new home. I have two other roses from another company too. I just love roses. They remind me of my beautiful grandmother who passed years ago. She loved roses and had them all over her yard. I want to get more varieties and put them everywhere I can, even climbing ones. So, has of right now I would have to say love them all.
    Thanks for writing this article.

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  255. Yulia Z on

    Though it is hard to play favorites with roses I would say Abraham Darby will be always in my little garden. I have never dreamed of growing such a fluffy, ruffled rose in Arizona heat till I planted her few years back. Pure joy! This year I have planted Princesse Charlène de Monaco from Heirloom and can’t wait to see her beautiful blooms.

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  256. Christine Holsey on

    One of my all time favorites is Cecile Brunner. She has a small form but big on fragrance! She is from the 1870’s and called originally the Sweetheart rose. Men wore it in their lapels when going to Church. She is a polyantha climber and very prolific. If you have a large she is a must! She won’t disappoint.

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  257. Susan Rich on

    I bought Grace this last summer for my garden for my granddaughter also named Grace. I love the color and scent of it. I can’t wait until it blooms again this year!

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  258. Stacey Calton on

    When we moved to our forever home, I came across an Abraham Darby at a garden store. I planted her, and now 20 years later , she is still my favourite. She is fluffy and tight all at once, and her scent is that of a ruby grapefruit. She is delightful.

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  259. Lisa on

    I love your posts and roses!! I would like to get a climbing rose this year for my little garden and the Alchymist might be the one!!

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  260. Jeannie Payton on

    I’m excited to see this new “chapter” of your farm. Roses are my favorite flower to grow and I love adding to my collection. David Austin roses are by far my favorites and I’m partial to the large, many petaled blooms. Abram Darby is one of my favorites for scent and form.

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  261. Ann Light on

    I am so excited to start my first rose garden. After 31 years of moving around with the Navy we have a permanent home! I am going to purchase both climbing and shrub to start. And and Mr. Lincoln because my mother loved them : )

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  262. Donna Mohan on

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful rose story. I am very inspired. I love the pillars you have in your garden. Where do you get them?

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  263. Carolyn Shields on

    Oh my, I just love these blog posts and story about roses. My favorites are rambling/climbing roses and I want to plant some new ones on a fence in my backyard that is not visually pleasing. Researching the favorites you mentioned — Cecile Brunner, Glorie de Jon, Malvern Hills, and Alchymist – right now. Thanks for sharing this wondering story.

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  264. Candace Minster on

    I work on a farm owned by a convent. We have a beautiful coral rose by our farm office. I learned from one of the sisters who often walks the farm fields that that rose bush was a wedding gift to her parents when they were married in the 20’s! When her parents passed, she sister dug up their roses and planted them around the old greenhouse building, which is now our farm office. Reading these posts is giving me a boost to try to graft this rose!

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  265. Krista Dennis on

    To be honest the only rose’s I have ever had were ones I received when my husband and I were “courting” some 30 years ago. I guess I always thought they were hard to grow. But after.following you and a few other gardeners…I know I can do it! I have plans s for a huge arbor this spring…and cant wait to have it covered with climbing roses. I also am intrigued with the varieties that are so “fluffy”. They are absolutely like nothing I have ever seen before. And the colors. Oh MY! I think I am definitely falling hard for roses.

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  266. Mauricia on

    Oooh… I have always been totally obsessed with the climbers in very blush colors: Constance Spry, Iceberg… and any rambler that I can attach to an arch. If I could live in a world of towers… towers of roses… would be Eden climber, James galway and the color of Cloud 10…!

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  267. Elizabeth on

    One of my absolute favourites is Cotillion. I have had her in my garden over 20 years. Do you ever just stop and smile at the flowers…I do!

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  268. TC Conner on

    I tell everyone who’ll listen that one of these days, probably on World Naked Gardening Day (the first Saturday of May), I’m going to shed my clothes and nestle down in amongst my Gertrude Jekyll heirloom rose! Why? Because when it’s in full bloom it has an aroma that hypnotizes!

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  269. Jaclyn on

    Omg we have a new rose garden that we made two years ago for our daughter to be a tea garden, my favorite so far is Ancient Mariner! The smell is like candy!

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  270. Sheila Walter on

    My favorite rose is David Austin Rosa Leander. We’ve had ours for years and it’s about twelve feet tall. The fragrance is heady and spicy, and with religious dead-heading, it will bloom from June through first frost. We’ve tried to obtain another one, but have been unable to find it anywhere. I will try the sources in your post. Wish me luck!

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  271. Amanda Moran on

    I would love any cabbage flower variety. Or one recommended for the heat and humidity of Atlanta, Ga.

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  272. Barbra Yuhas on

    How can you pick just one. I have come to love all fragrant roses.

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  273. Kelsey on

    I am new to roses. I’ve been browsing the heirloom rose website and I’m sure will find a favorite. I love the roses with scallop like edges. They are so beautiful!

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  274. Amanda Lavallee on

    My favorite rose is David Austin’s Desdemona, for her magnificent fragrance! She also cranks out the blooms in my WNC garden, and has not seemed to be affected my our numerous fungal diseases.

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  275. Mary Lisowsky on

    Enjoyed my Francis Meilland and Lichfield Angel last year…excited to see Wollerton in stock and would love to try Grace, as well!

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  276. Holly Hagy on

    How do I choose a favorite rose…??? It’s extremely difficult!!! I love Grandmother’s Hat…love, love, love this rose and Gertrude Jekyl. But I love so many others…Blue Girl is a forgive, Lagerfeld, Sweet Chariot, Quatre Saisons, Souvenir de Malmaison. But…I do love the color of La France…Evelyn…I could go on and on! I do hope you write a book on roses! I love Heirloom roses! Thank you!

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  277. Ellen on

    Yellow roses! Any size, any shape – the day is always brighter with a yellow rose on your kitchen table.

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  278. Phyllis Blanchard on

    I have always loved roses especially the heirloom variates. One of my favorites is the Eden climbing rose. I love the soft colors of cream and pink in this rose. We had a lot of damage to our home and property from hurricane Ida and are still not able to live in our home. I hope to be able to add some heirloom varieties to my garden this year once everything is back to normal, which we hope will be soon. 💐

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  279. Nhu Luong on

    I planted Polka a few years ago and each year it gets bigger and I fall more in love with its shape, texture, and colors. It’s extremely healthy and a strong climber! I am hoping to grow Tequila Sunrise and Pope John Paul II one day!

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  280. Tyler on

    I fell for the English tea rose when I was “forced” to have them for my wedding bouquet because I couldn’t get peonies in March. I have enjoyed learning more about the different rose varieties and planning a little quiet room in my garden that incorporates them.

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  281. Barbara on

    My favorite is Princess Charlene de Monaco, but the more varieties I see, the more I love. I had one plant but my dang goats ate it and I’m not sure it’s going to come back. 😒

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  282. Suzanne Anderson on

    Wollerton old hall and Abraham Darby, hoping to try these two some day soon 🤞🏻In our yard!

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  283. Ramona A. on

    I have a Florentina it is and thorny but it blooms all summer and just one stem with its many blooms is a bouquet.

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  284. Andrea Wixson on

    Floret/Erin, thank you for sharing all the educational information! I can’t say I have a favorite just yet as I am in the beginning of learning about Roses. However, I do remember as a child that my grandmother adored her rose bushes.
    I’ve been feeling rather overwhelmed recently because I am almost 50 years old and I have been feeling like I am running out of time to learn and create a beautiful garden.. however, I just read your interview with Anne Belovich. This statement of hers brought happy tears to my eyes.
    “Erin: Your passion for roses started much later in life. Do you have any advice for someone who feels like it’s too late to pursue their dreams?

    Anne: I remember when I turned 60. I thought 60 was so old. That was almost 37 years ago, well over one-third of my lifetime so far.”

    I will continue to keep my head high and purse the garden of my dreams. 🌱🌸💗

    With Gratitude,
    Andrea Wixson

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  285. Diane on

    Give me a pale pink rose and I will drown in its beauty all day. David Austin rose, “Queen of Sweden” always seems to escape my grasp…sells out fast! But I have acquired four Crown Princess Margaret’s, a soft peach color to swoon over. You ask for a favorite, and I say give me more to love and adore!!!

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  286. Kori on

    Just Joey is my favorite tea rose but my Iceberg rambler with its generous blooms and delicate scent is quickly becoming my new favorite .

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  287. Amelia on

    I have Charles de Gualle and Sunsprite from Rogue Valley Roses planted in my garden. I have only had them for a year but I got some small blooms this year and they were beautiful.

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  288. Tanya on

    I don’t know my roses very well. I go to the market and just pick the ones I like. A shade of orange, peach, or pinks. I like them bold in color but I also like the very light delicate ones too! At a few glances on Heirlooms website I like the, Mother of Pearl and Good as Gold. I think I will buy those. Just Joey looks pretty as well. I think I would like the Savannah rose but you know it’s always hard to tell with just a picture. One of the pics makes it look fushia. I ordered roses for my daughters wedding from a company and they arrived beautifully but they were not the color we had in mind. I need to go explore some of these nurseries with a notebook and see them up close and personal.

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  289. Kamille Scellick on

    I’m looking forward to growing Roald Dahl this season. We just moved into our home in the fall and like you, it was my invitation to begin planting roses.

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  290. Jodena on

    Heirloom Roses are great and New Dawn is a favorite of mine.

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  291. sara kumpf on

    For some reason I’m very much drawn to the grandiflora roses. South Africa sun belt and mother of pearl are two I would love to have in my garden.
    When we moved into our house I knew I wanted a rose garden even if it was a small one and that was indeed the first thing we did within weeks of moving in. The grandiflora rose variety I planted was just so robust and long lasting it really inspired me to how amazing these delicate plants can be. Years later when I look out the window and see the cheery yellow flowers I’m delighted.
    Thank you for sharing this story, this is what every little girls dreams are made of and it’s a reminder that we can still have some of that magic.

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  292. Faith Nemecek on

    I would love to grow Carding Mill! Laura from Garden Answer has this one and it’s gorgeous

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  293. Gloria W on

    I’d love to grow their Eden Climber on an archway I plan to install!

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  294. Shelby R on

    Oh! There was one small knockout rose (single, light pink) along the foundation of our home when we bought it, but my husband accidentally dug it out! I mostly enjoyed opening the rose hips. I have no prior experience with roses and have been off-put by thorns….I guess that’s foolish. I’d like to grow some roses and learn all about them.

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  295. Peter Jones on

    I am hoping to try several varieties that Erin has recommended Teasing Georgia tops the list. But honestly there is magic in every bloom just wish I had a bigger space. Thank you and your crew for all the beauty and inspiration.

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  296. Emily on

    My favorite is Princesse Charlene de Monaco. It smells heavenly and has such a rich, light pink color

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  297. Erin Shepherd on

    I love my David Austin Sweet Juliet Rose, it is breathtaking! Last Spring I planted a climbing David Austin “The Generous Gardener” and I’m so excited to see it bloom in a few months!

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  298. Wendy on

    I love hybrid tea roses and the English roses. I’d love to get my hands on Sterling Silver. Such a pretty blush color!

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  299. Jama Keaffaber on

    The David Austin “Heritage” is a beautiful pink cabbage rose that my mother grew and was my mothers very favorite.

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  300. Malealyn on

    I have a spot where I’d really like to try a Cecil Bruner rose bush. It is one of the best places for sun on my property and eventually I’m hoping it will cover the gap below our screened in porch.

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  301. Natalie on

    I have wanted to grow the Lady of Shalott rose. It’s bright orangey blooms brighten my day!

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  302. A. Miles on

    My 6 year old daughter has been a flower-lover since she could walk – stopping to admire them wherever seen. Jan. 2020 we poured over “Cut Flower Garden” and started growing things for the first time ever. Growing for two seasons now has enhanced our life with so much fun & many lessons. I didn’t know where to source roses, but because of this series I just ordered “Colette” from Heirloom Roses. It’s her favorite from the book :) Thank you so much!

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  303. Adrian Hindes on

    I really want to try Jude the Obscure. I feel in love with his deep cupped chalice look and can’t wait to add him to my garden! I’m new to roses and can’t wait to add to my collection!

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  304. Lisa on

    I hope to grow Earth Angel in my small city backyard in a container. I just love the peony like blooms!!!

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  305. Dolores Waddell on

    Your wonderful series on roses took me back to my childhood. I’m 74 years old now, but I can close my eyes and see the beautiful red rose my Dad grew. It was Crimson Glory. I love the lemony scent it has and it’s look of red velvet. It will always be my favorite rose.

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  306. Carleene Hyde on

    Oh, to pick a favorite… about 10 years ago we redid our entire landscape. When it came to roses I wanted only pale pink, lavender and cream in a small rose garden, until I walked by Julia Child. I LOVE that rose and how rediculous to plant a new garden and not purchase a true love just because the color didn’t fit. Well, I have my collection of pale pastel roses and right in the middle is that beautiful, buttery yellow rose!

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  307. Leah on

    I love so many roses but I would have to say Abraham Darby is one of my favorites. One of the first roses I grew was Zephrine Drouhin and it remains a favorite in my garden as well. My dad and I shared a love of roses. He has since past on and I sometimes see a bloom and think how much he would love it.

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  308. Jennifer EC on

    Growing roses will be new to me, but I remember my mom growing them when I was a kid so just thinking about it already feels very nostalgic! The yellow and pink tones of Peace seem reminiscent of what I saw growing up, and the Lyda is just so sweet. And of course Juliet is gorgeous. I’m just learning about all these varieties today, along with reading that the world’s largest rose tree happens to be located in my state of Arizona (a Lady Banks rose in Tombstone that covers over 8000 square feet)! This encourages me to try growing roses in the desert, and I may need to seek out a Lady Banks for this reason! Also, thank you for sharing this special roses series with us!

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  309. Tomiko Takeda on

    Thank you for the series on ‘roses’. I’ve read and re-read as I thoroughly enjoyed the articles. I began my rose growing in 2015 with a single Julia Child rose; it remains one of my favorites. It’s the color…. It’s buttery golden yellow blooms just make me melt. Also, I really appreciate the resources you provide. I track my flower plantings – especially the perennials – and love to connect with resources for care and planting information. Thank you!

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  310. Stephanie on

    I am growing several David Austen roses this year. I really love Lady of Shallot.

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  311. Regina Whitaker on

    I just started really getting into flower gardening in 2020. My love for roses began very early in 2021 which prompted me to buy my first 3 DA roses. As 2021 progressed I purchased 10 more roses with plans to start my first rose garden this spring. I don’t know if I truly have a favorite yet but the show stopper for me in 2021 was Abe Lincoln’s last bloom of the year. It was just magnificent.

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  312. Heidi Stewart on

    I am a retired Air Force Nurse and after traveling the world for 43 years with my husband, also retired Air Force, we have purchased 17 acres and are now in our “forever” home. The property was very underdeveloped and we have started to establish a few great flower beds. I am looking forward to starting some more formal flower beds this summer, along with a cutting garden. I am especially enamored with David Austin’s Lady of Shallot rose, the color is beautiful. One of my identical twin daughters gave one to her twin sister in honor of her vibrant and funny peach/red-headed toddler, whose middle name happens to be Rose. I can’t wait to plant a few at our forever home.

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  313. Isabella on

    One of my favorites is a David Austen variety: Dame Judi Dench! My mom got a few varieties as a present a few years ago, and she was so excited. Of the four or five roses, despite our best efforts, all but Judi died off. We have heavy clay soil, and though we amended it specifically for the roses, Judi was the only one that thrived.
    It is an absolutely gorgeous rose, light pink with tightly packed petals. It looks like a peony, and smells like raspberries. Judi is such a hearty, happy rose, I just couldn’t help but fall in love with it!

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  314. Olivia Hilario Day on

    My favorite rose is the Juliet rose. They are the most gorgeous roses I’ve ever seen. My husband gifted me a bouquet on our last Valentine’s together. He passed away a few months after. So they hold a special place in my heart. Since then I’ve researched different varieties that appear similar and hope to grow some in the future.

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  315. Patti Smiley on

    So hard to pick one but I’m in love with Jude the Obscure for its soft, romantic quality and gorgeous apricot color.

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  316. Charlie Brakebill on

    -I saved a beautiful little bush rose from my deceased husbands first home over 36 years ago. I loved this deliquiate pink rose called “The Fairy” but it seems to not be doing as well after all these years and last year only had one blooming stem. I would love to replace it as it is so special to me and looks so dainty and beautiful in a small antique vase on my desk as I work throughout the summer months.

    Thank you

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  317. Gena Bessire on

    My favorite is the Abraham Darby. I love it’s beautiful mix of peach and pink. I am planning to add it to my rose garden this year.

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  318. John McCullough on

    Golden celebration is currently the only rose I have. It was one of two plants I made sure I took with me when we sold our house. It is currently in a large pot until I have some land to call my own and I can once again sink it’s roots into the earth. I would also love to plant a red climber up the arbor of my future home to grace the edges of the wall of French doors looking out on the beautiful countryside!

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  319. Monica Estes on

    Spartan Rose – It is my most prized rose because it was rooted from the mother bush that belonged to my grandmother. She was an avid gardener and passed her love of beautiful flowers and plants on to me. My grandmother lived to 94 yrs of age and has been gone 12 yrs. I have saved every flower possible from her garden. This Spartan Rose blooms the entire summer reminding me that she’s always with me.

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  320. Allison Powell on

    The only rose I have now is an Iceberg, so I’ll say that’s my favorite. However, my Christmas present was 4 different David Austin bare root plants. I can’t wait for their arrival!

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  321. Sandra Karina Tun on

    The rose of my dreams to grow would be Pope John Paul II Hybrid Tea Rose! I’m encouraged that Anne started her rose collection later in life and still had an amazing garden.

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  322. carolyn on

    Those towers are amazing – are they local?

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  323. Tanya Permann on

    I planted 15 David Austin roses last spring so I’m not sure which my favorite will be yet. I do have a fabulous rose called “Moonlight in Paris” that continually blooms all summer with light pink to white blooms.

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  324. Meghan Hahn on

    Belinda’s Dream… I love how full these roses are and their traditional features! I am a new flower lover and want to start growing roses in my flowerbeds.

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  325. Joey Cainong on

    I swoon over ‘Lady of the Lake’. But since I live in upstate NY, Zone 4, any variety of the climbing/rambling rose type, that can withstand our harsh winters would be lovely.

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  326. Jessica Sampsel on

    I have only been gardening for about 3 years and I have fallen in love with flowers and how much joy it brings me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any roses in my garden but since I seen your post about roses I went ahead and pre-ordered 3 David Austin bare roots rose. I’m super excited to get them in Spring (Roald Dahl, Olivia Rose Austin and Eustacia Bye).

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  327. irene cruz on

    So many reasons why I love roses. loving art , as a teenager , I remember seeing imagery the from the Baroque period, of paintings with a vase full of flowers and roses dangling from the stems. Th details and beauty of a cupped rose with layers and layers of petals resulting in a motion of ruffles forming a rose. They were like no roses I have ever seen. Moving forward to today, and being introduced to a David Austin Catalogue – I don’t know how to contain myself seeing so many varieties and shapes and colors, like what I saw as a teenager in the paintings. The first roses I bought , Barillo three of them. I couldn’t be happier with my choose , it’s beauty and scent, just amazes me. I am still learning about roses and this season placed an order for 3 more in shades of pink to create an ombe effect. I chose the roses by color, size and fragrance. I am so happy to see Floret sharing there love and stories about roses. It is inspiring to plant more and learn more.

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  328. Katie Brimm on

    I love all David Austin roses! Also a sucker for the Hot Cocoa Rose.

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  329. Ashley Frye on

    Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin about which would be my favorite. However, there are two rose bushes that stand out to me…but I don’t know what variety they were. My Granny wasn’t much for growing a garden or all that many flowers but she loved roses. She had several planted around her house and there was one rose in particular that she was partial to. It was an older variety, deeply fragrant, with shallower blooms and they were the palest butter yellow. Three years ago, she and my PaPa had to move into a nursing home facility and I would cut roses from that bush and bring them to her. They always made her so happy. I’ve been searching high and low for a rose that resembles that one to plant in her honor. The second one I have deep regret around. After moving to my current home, I noticed one of the most beautiful climbing rose bushes near a telephone pole while I was out on one of my walks. No one lived on the property at the time and I couldn’t track down the landowners to see if I might be able to get cuttings from it. And although it was on a slope above me, the roses were so fragrant you could easily smell them from the road. They were one of the most beautiful peachy pink colors I’ve ever seen. Sadly, the highway department in my area has started using heavy duty sprays to control roadside weeds and I realized in horror this summer that the rose bush had been sprayed. I was hoping it was high enough off the road that it might have a chance of surviving, but I am not optimistic that it will recover. Either way, the roses that have always been the most meaningful to me are the ones tied to memory. I also bought my Mom and spice rose one year for Mother’s Day that she absolutely loves and got a tattoo in her honor of that very rose. Thank you for such a generous opportunity! I’ve so enjoyed reading the posts and am so grateful that a 97 year old’s legacy will be shared and saved.

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  330. Ashanti Barter on

    My absolute favorite rose would have to be Tamora, it has a beautiful musk fragrance and is the perfect pink/coral mix. She was the first David Austin rose we planted when we moved into our home and has been a joy ever since.

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  331. Korina Heistand on

    I purchased some “Olivia Rose Austin” roses from David Austin for my mother in remembrance of my grandmother who passed away and loved roses. They are so beautiful, and I hope to add them to my garden as well! Just getting started with roses but so excited!

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  332. Cheryl Smart on

    I sooo loved reading the rose story and always appreciate your sharing heart. Thank you. I have no rose story to share yet, as I have yet to grow them! Fingers crossed this is the year to start…😉 Rosa Glauca would be a serious temptation!

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  333. Julie Hardcastle on

    I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve really struggled with roses. I live in the mountain of northern Utah. I refuse to give up and I’m going to try my hand at growing roses in large containers near my potting shed. I think Distant Drums and Lady of Shallot are my favorites and they’re the first ones I’ll try in my new pots. This series of posts has inspired me to keep learning and keep trying. Thank you for your continued encouragement and inspiration.

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  334. Terry on

    I love this series! Anne’s story is so inspiring. Thank you for introducing her and her legacy to us. I love that you are taking up her mantle. I’m off to search for some of your favorites.

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  335. Melia M Woelmer on

    I have a couple roses, my favorite is my Lady of Shallot from David Austin because of. The beautiful orange color.

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  336. Kathleen on

    I planted Opening Night almost 20 years ago and it’s been a favorite of mine and the neighborhood. I’ll often see passersby taking a whiff of it’s lovely fragrance or photographing it, as well as sometimes breaking off a stem to take home… Lots of large, gorgeous red blooms with deep green, glossy leaves. Long stems and last up to 2 weeks in the vase.

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  337. Reveal Carolyn on

    My favorite rose is Mr. Lincoln. It was one of the first roses my daddy and I planted several years ago.

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  338. Kelly on

    My favorite rose is the Eden climber because it is beautiful, and so easy to grow and take care of, and rewards you with flowers for nearly 3 seasons.

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  339. E.Cruz on

    Plum Perfect, the scent is priceless!

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  340. Clarissa on

    I bought a Buff Beauty from Antique Rose Emporium last year & it is by far my very favorite rose. Of course, there are so many on my to-buy list, but I’m really grateful to have a rose that I adore so much! I am hoping for a Golden Celebration this year…

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  341. Julie Miedtke on

    Words cannot express my appreciation for all of your work. Always beautiful, and i am always learning. Someday I hope to add a rose bush or two….but right now i have all these annual seeds coming–ha!!!! While growing up in southern Minnesota (the banana belt) my mother had a beautiful rose bed filled with hybrid tea roses. I can close my eyes and see her working on the plants every night after dinner while we played in the yard. During summer months she would be bringing roses into the house. Roses would be placed everywhere–on the kitchen table, the window sill about the kitchen sink, the end tables, bedrooms, bathrooms–it was such a joy. I would love a Floret Rose Book–just saying. Love

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  342. Elaine Elmore on

    Definitely Francis Meilland and Sally Holmes…impeccably beautiful 🌹❤️

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  343. Kira DeRito on

    Mr. Lincoln, because it was a rose I had as a child in the yard at my parent’s house, and it smells like happiness.

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  344. Mary on

    Erin, your blogs are fantastic and inspiring! I’m hoping to plant a few climbers along our farm fences, moss roses and to add roses to the lavender beds. Thank you!

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  345. Monica on

    There are so many beautiful roses it’s hard to choose. But I love Lady of Shallot, the warm colors remind me of a sunset!

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  346. Margaret Pechin on

    Love red roses and Abraham Lincoln (Mr Lincoln) was one of my mother’s favorites , brings back memories of my childhood!

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  347. Shelley McLendon on

    Golden celebration because the yellow color is perfect. It’s easy to grow and while doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to in a vase- it’ll do:)

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  348. Nichole on

    So, I just ordered an Earth Angel from Heirloom! Pretty sure that is going to be my favorite! Thanks for the discount Floret! <3

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  349. Leslie minor on

    I love: Pat Austin for her color, health, and blooms;
    Wollerton old hall for its flower shape and vigor; sombreuil for its beauty; Collette for the apricot color. Thanks.

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  350. Joanna B on

    I can’t say I have a favorite variety, but this series of posts has made me want to try out a few varieties in the garden I’m planning for our little homestead. I love John Paul II the person and think it’s great that there’s a rose named for him! I don’t know its name, but I loved to stop and smell a lovely little pink rose that a neighbor at our old house had growing along the side of her house. The roses hung over the sidewalk and smelled heavenly! Sadly, the plants have since been cut down, but I think of those roses whenever I walk by.

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  351. Gabrielle Tubbs on

    I don’t have any roses yet….. or any flowers for that matter. But I’ve been dreaming of getting started and have ordered several Floret seeds to get that dream rolling. I think this is finally the year! I got a copy of David Austin’s 2022 collection and have been swooning over “Gertrude Jekyll”. Is it Spring yet! I can’t wait anymore!!!!

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  352. Chris T on

    I love the climber New Dawn. The flower is a gorgeous, shell pink, the fragrance is perfect and the plant is tough as nails. My mother had it in her garden. She didn’t fuss with plants but it always bloomed profusely every year.

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  353. Kristina on

    The Shepherdess Rose is extra special to me because I actually was a Shepherdess and rasied sheep while growing up. All of the David Austin olroses are dreamy!!!

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  354. Amy Droz on

    I would love to plant EMILY BRONTË by David Austin. I’ve pre-ordered a few bare roots and can’t wait to get them in the ground.

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  355. Evangeline M on

    I don’t have many roses, but my favorite of the ones I do have is Jude the Obscure. I love the color and fragrance. Also, it has survived moving and some mild neglect over the years.

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  356. Simone on

    I would love to plant Roahl Dahl, I loved his books as a child and the rose is gorgeous!

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  357. Jessica Flinders on

    It is almost impossible to pick a favorite rose variety but I will choose Cecil Bruner. I have been late to gardening and still do not feel like I have a true green thumb. But here in Northern California Cecil Bruner roses grow with the ease of blackberries. And I have had one in every patch of land where I have lived. I would be so grateful and honored to receive this incredible offer.

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  358. Nelz Nunez on

    This is such an inspiring post! I just bought a new house and it has a bigger yard for my cutflower garden and i’m beyond excited to get planting!! I think my fave rose, from the ones you mentioned, is Alchymist because I can picture the sweet color against all the greenery in my new yard :) Thanks for this series!

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  359. Nicola Thomas on

    My favorite roses were the 110 roses I had to leave behind when I moved this summer. Most were grown from cuttings and were strange and unusual. I lived near an exclusive resort that hosted lavish and expensive weddings. The day after the weddings all the flowers were thrown in the dumpster. I would “save” as many roses as I could and see how many I could root. I have no idea what there names were or where they came from but I never see them any rose catalog.

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  360. Shannon Wootan on

    Wonderful articles! I hope to start growing the “Abraham Darby” Austin Rose. With the purchase of my home I’ve inherited a rose garden. I don’t know all the varieties, but they sure do bring joy to my life!

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  361. Stephanie F on

    This series convinced me to finally give roses a try. I’d love to plant the Teasing Georgia variety near a trellis on side of our home right by my home office window, where I’ll be able to smell them all summer. It’s winter in Wisconsin, so it’s a lovely dream!

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  362. Stacey Grabski on

    Love this post! Really love Wollerton Old Hall!!!!!
    Anxious to plant this spring!!

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  363. Lisa Bryan on

    I am eager to grow the hardy climbing rose, “Long John Silver” for its height and fragrance! Imagining it will be SO pretty on the side of our barn in Vermont. Collecting all the roses I can that are hardy to at least zone 3. Goal is to propagate and perpetuate what’s hardy and beautiful

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  364. Rachel Mahnke on

    One of my favorite roses that I’ve planted recently is the Julia Child rose. A perfect large yellow rose that really lights up my garden. I am hoping to build a new fence and add structure to grow climbing roses to fill my backyard in the coming years!

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  365. Kirsten on

    This blog series is just so inspiring! I just planted two climbers and one shrub rose last year, and I have already ordered more roses for this spring. I’m excited for my Malvern Hills rambler to arrive so I can get it in the ground to begin growing up and over my shed! Thank you for all of the beauty you bring to the world through your kind heart and flowers.

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  366. Dorothy Bruning on

    Our farm here in central Ohio is a great place to grow roses. I have planted mainly own root roses from David Austin and my favorite is Roald Dahl. It is extremely healthy with the most gorgeous apricot color.

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  367. Bev Walker on

    My favorite rose variety is Peggy Martin which has an amazing story! (Check it out at The Antique Rose Emporium)

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  368. Stevie on

    Hi Erin! First, I’d like to thank you for everything you share. I have followed you for years, and you are my main inspiration for starting an organic flower farm! I took the plunge this past summer, and I’m excited to dive deeper into the garden pool.

    I started a rose list a year or so ago, and the top roses so far are: Charles de Mills
    Floribunda Rose – Earth Angel
    Cuisse de nymphe (Alba)
    Crown princess margareta
    The pilgrim

    I am so looking forward to journeying with you on your rose adventure! 💜

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  369. Erica on

    Abraham Darby – so fluffy it reminds me of a peony :)

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  370. Kate Locke on

    You inspired me to create a garden last year and am excited to expand this year! Roses were already in my plan and am excited to start with climbing roses to create an entrance to my garden using an archway. Thank you for all of your inspiration and teaching. My girls and I have done this together, and they are more excited than me for the snow to melt and get started!

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  371. Anna Swenson on

    I am new to roses and am excited to grow all kinds….I’d like to try ramblers, climbers, and bush, just for the beauty of having them around. I tend to lean towards soft pinks (really all pinks), apricots, and cream and loooove the fragrance of old rose, it’s intoxicating… hoping my research will help in making all the right choices.

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  372. Judi Martin on

    I have always loved gardening, from the time I was a small child. Particularly gardens with roses. When I was about 7 years old, I was given a catalog with some of the early David Austin roses. Coming from a poor family, I knew better than to ask my parents to buy me such roses, but I always kept the thought in my mind…someday I will grow English roses! When I was in my teenage years, I taught myself how to root rose cuttings and gave them to my girlfriends as birthday gifts. I am in my forties now.. In the last few years, I have begun my journey of growing English and Old Roses. I have no favorites as yet, ( I love them all!)but Evelyn and Abraham Darby are the roses that I am most wishing for.

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  373. Martha Krueger on

    My favorite rose is the climber Autumn Sunset. Its abundant apricot gold blooms cover the plant and perfume our deck with their fruity fragrance for months. Dark shiny green foliage, great disease resistance, and a tolerance for our soggy rain forest climate on the wet side of the Olympics make it unbeatable!

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  374. Joanna on

    We just moved into our first home and I’m excited to have a garden for the very first time. I purchased Floret seeds and have dreamt of growing my own Juliet Garden Roses from David Austen that were a part of my wedding bouquet years ago. I’m very much looking forward to spring this year!

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  375. Julia Hamilton on

    I started my rose journey about 3 years ago in Oregon. I am an English and felt the need to represent! I sectioned off a small area for heirloom variety and grew a Sally Holmes climber that took on an entire wall. I love Sally for her wild rambunctious style.
    Since then we have moved to NW Arkansas, the yard is a blank slate and I am anxious to begin to bring some beauty to the garden and the area. I am determined to not allow the climate or conditions to beat me.

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  376. Chrissie Zavaglia on

    I can’t tell you how excited I am that there is someone in my area in love with old roses like I am! I love high centered bourbon roses but I have to mention a rose that I picked up on a whim called La Sevillana. When you grow in the PNW you battle the rain and wind. So many blooms can’t handle our weather but this rose doesn’t blink an eye. The brightest shade of red and cheerful on even the darkest days!

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  377. Robin on

    I am drawn to climbing roses and now that our horse has moved closer to our grown daughter we have an opportunity for more gardens! The barn looks like a lovely place for a rose to climb. It didn’t take long for me to choose who to start with. Cecile Brunner has been in my life since I was a child. My parents lovingly tended a garden and planted an appreciation for flowers and vegetables in their children’s hearts. My Dad has passed. Mom is 97 and still living in our family home. She has lost most of her vision but when I tell her Cecile Brunner is coming to live at the barn she will be delighted!

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  378. Jodi Allen on

    I am new to growing roses. I’m obsessed! So far I have purchased from Heirloom & David Austin. While a little impatient to have them tall & in all their glory, I’m learning to be patient. I remember how ecstatic I was when I got my very first bud from my first bare root beauty. I was HOOKED! ♡

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  379. Amy Lawther on

    My mom had a beautiful rose garden at the house I grew up in. We had to move and the very first thing the new owners did was rip it out. I drive by there 20+ years later from time to time and it makes me sad. I’ve started growing my own now, just last year I planted a beautiful floribunda, sunset horizon. I hope to expand as I learn. I love the Earth Angel Floribunda and hope that will appear as a mother’s day surprise. I don’t have a favorite but love the fully doubles.

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  380. Jac Selby on

    I had a modest little Rosegarden going in Northern California which was destroyed by gophers oVer time. It was such a frustration to see them topple over by the roots, one by one. I’ve prepared a new bed and a more controlled part of the yard and I’m gathering roses to plant there. I love The climbing roses and have establish a Cecil Bruener that is thriving. Thank you for your inspiring my next plantings!

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  381. Candace Andrie on

    We finished building our new home and landscaping this last year where we included space for a formal rose garden with a arbor for climbing roses.
    I’ve planted five rose that I brought with me that range from 8 to 20 years old, however the first rose I want to purchase is Pristine which I had over 30 years but lost in the move.
    I’m very excited to develop my rose garden and enjoy adding to it through the years.

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  382. Betsy Louton on

    My favorite rose is Sally Holmes. While beautiful on the bush, the blossoms are beautiful in arrangements. You can snip the old blossoms out and have a more open cluster, which I find appealing in arrangements.

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  383. Mary Alison Williams on

    Teasing Georgia is my favorite rose. (David Austin rose.)

    I love the color but this rose is my only David Austin rose in my garden. But it is also my favorite rose I have planted among all my roses. I’m about to order another one this week! I drool over the new David Austin catalog. Haha!

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  384. Amy on

    I’ve always loved roses but we never had enough Sun. We removed some trees and I’m anxious to try them again. I’m going to try Buff Beauty. Thank you for your suggestions.

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  385. Stina Tillotson on

    My gardening journey is completely inspired by my late grandfather, a rose grower. I am so nostalgic for roses and would love to have a large collection someday. This year, I plan to get Abraham Darby and Lady of Shalott. I grew Mother of Pearl for the first time last year, which I loved, especially because my daughter’s middle name is Pearl.

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  386. Tonya Thornton on

    I am completely new to growing roses! We had roses growing up and I am looking forward to adding them to my repertoire. If I had to pick just one to start with, I would pick the Abraham Darby! It checks all the boxes for me–hardiness, fragrance, incredibly beautiful. Thank you for sharing all about roses with all of us–you are so inspiring!

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  387. Laurie Garza on

    I was so excited to see Belle Story included in your cuttings, it was one of the last roses my sister bought in around 1993 or 94 before she suddenly passed away. I have tried twice to grow and something has always caused it’s demise. Thank you for sharing all of this, its such a great story

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  388. Carlee Schaefer on

    I am looking to try roses in a new bed in my front yard for the first time this spring! Koko Loco immediately caught my eye and I think I might start with that!

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  389. Jennifer on

    I have loved flowers since I was a child. I once found a wild rose in a field near some woods while playing. I was maybe 8 years old. I grew up in Florida and as far as I know, there aren’t any roses native to here. It made me wonder if an old house had once been near that rose bush that I found. Unfortunately I didn’t think to dig it up and an apartment complex was built a few years later over that spot. I still find myself thinking about that rose a million years later. I love David Austin roses and have several in my garden. They don’t look like they do in the catalogs. They don’t really get “bushy” here in Florida, but they do tend to bloom several times a year and it’s really magical to see them in bloom. I would love to add to my collection. Thank you for sharing your love of flowers with the world!

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  390. Lily on

    I am absolutely crazy for roses, but my heart belongs to the old rose variegata di bologna!

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  391. Roxann Hadley on

    Greetings from Paris, Texas,
    Thank you for ALL the flower love and especially the roses these days! I hope to grow Abraham Darby.

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  392. Alex Harmon on

    I’m in zone 4 which definitely limits what I can grow but Alchymist has been a huge winner in my garden! <3

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  393. Abbey on

    Today is my 38th birthday. Since the kids insist on giving me the day off from any housework, I’m in my bed with a cup of tea and browsing (while daydreaming) an old thrift store book on roses (and finally reading this article lol). I’m a new gardener and the property we are stewarding is a historic one in the center of our small town. We wish to leave a legacy here of beauty and hope through plants. The first line in this book’s introduction immediately struck me smiling “Call them time travelers. Roses manage to do what we cannot: They defy age. Surviving through the ages, roses have been treasured by generations for their beauty as well as their folklore.” That speaks to me as a sign from the heavens, to continue to follow dreams. Birthday’s can really make you face your own mortality. I was so inspired by Anne’s interview. And I’m so inspired by roses. I’d love this to be the year to plant the first rose here. This home dates back hundreds of years and it seems fitting to me to host a rose with great antiquity. Hoping to have the honor of planting Belle Amour and/or Belle Isis this year. Thank you so much for sharing your journey Floret and for all the wonderful, fun, beautiful things you do. 🥀

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  394. alison haberstroh on

    Chicago Peace! I was first introduced to this beauty on the grounds of the children’s hospital in Chicago, and it is such a beauty.

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  395. Hilines Luna on

    Hi! I don’t have many roses but I absolutely love my Moonlight in Paris! it’s soo romantic with a subtle and sweet scent. Swoooonnn!

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  396. Monique on

    I ordered my first David Austin roses (Scepter’d Isle), and finally received them this fall. I am praying they make it through our Wisconsin winter. I love roses so thank you for your beautiful and informative posts!

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  397. Florence Jackson on

    I am new to growing roses. My father had rows of roses in the garden in my childhood home. One tradition we had was to cut and wear a rose on Mother’s Day. It was a very special day that we got to wear a rose for the whole day. I’m putting in an arched arbor so I’ve been studying climbing roses that are continuous bloomers which can flourish in my hot, humid Alabama weather. I’d love suggestions.

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  398. Lori Dodson on

    I have just started on my Rose journey and have purchased all my roses through Heirloom roses 🌹 My favorite that I have purchased so far has been Earth Angel. It’s such a delicate and soft rose with a beautiful aroma !! We just recently purchased a 30 acre farm and I can’t wait to create a beautiful rose sanctuary!

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  399. Naomi on

    My favorite rose would be the rose I am looking at and smelling at the time. It’s like picking a favorite child. Cannot and should not be done! :).

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  400. Amy Selch on

    Greetings rose lovers!
    My all time favorite rose is Francis Meilland. It has all qualities I think are essential. Fragrance, hardiness, gorgeous seashell pink and cream colors, prolific huge blooms. It seems very hard to find compared to just a few years ago . I may be moving so I’m hoping I can dig the one I have and transplant in new location. I don’t want to kill it but not sure I can replace it. Simply reading about roses is exciting.
    Best wishes to all growers!

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  401. Cassidy DeYoung on

    I just started growing flowers last year, and I have been wanting to add roses for this year! I don’t know what my favorite rose is, they’re all so beautiful! I’d say Love Song, Lady Heirloom, or Tranquility are my top favorites I hope to try soon!

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  402. deborah on

    Roses are so sensual. They represent strength and determination while also being gentle, sweet, and oh, so beautiful. I grew up with roses all over my backyard. My mom loved them and three sides of our yard were covered in roses, most of them yellow. Just like her roses, my mom was strong and determined, yet gentle, sweet, and beautiful. Her soul was filled with grace. If I had to choose a favorite rose it would be the David Austin yellow rose because any time I see, smell, or touch one it allows me, once again, to touch my mom in a very special way.

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  403. Melissa Kane on

    We’ve really loved growing Desdemona. We love the gentle color and fragrance, but it is also a special rose to us because it’s the 1st rose we bought and grew together as a married couple. What are we looking forward to??? Maybe Roald Dahl or Vanessa Bell. We love the color of both. Roald Dahl reminds my husband a little of orange sherbet. Vanessa Bell has a beautiful color that reminds us of limoncello.

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  404. Alix Hester on

    Thank you so much for these posts!!
    I started growing roses when I was given a little tea rose from Trader Joe’s years ago that is still growing strong!!! So crazy. I bought a little house and started collecting my roses n the front l, and then the back and side. I love them so much!!! Some of my favorites are life of the party, jump for joy, bewitched and Chevy Impala. Their colors are so gorgeous and life of the party smells amazing. I planted it right next to the front door so when I open the door the scent wafts in. I am so excited to get into growing heirloom roses.

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  405. Carol Oberholtzer on

    I’ve always loved roses and my first rose was from David Austin, Teasing Georgia. I was delighted and bought a few more… and then a few more… So far, my favorite is Abram Darby, which I purchased in 2020. I love the color, fragrance and form and it’s perfect for bouquets!
    I’m still working on my rose wishlist for this year, but Grace is on it, to plant in memory of a friend. I have a small cut flower farm and have been dreaming of adding a small rose garden to use solely as cut flowers. These gorgeous posts have grown the dream… Thank you!

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  406. Kate B on

    Sentimentally, my Elle, Claire Austin and Olivia Rose Austin are my favorites, because those are my three daughters’ names. But I also love the colors of koko loko and distant drums, and I’m looking forward to adding Honey Dijon this year!

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  407. Amber Geiger on

    My yard receives equal parts shade and sun, so the full sun spots are saved for the beauty of roses. My current favorite is Crown Princess Margaret, and Im looking to add Distant Drums.

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  408. Kylie Massengale on

    My great-grandmother had a rose garden full of old fashioned roses. They are some of my favorites now and I would love to learn more about them and grow them myself.

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  409. Almetra Weaver on

    Late blooming gardener here! I was inspired to begin gardening by you Erin only one year ago and have started my own collection with three potted roses that I drove home to FL from Menagerie Farm in California where I was working as a traveling nurse. My favorite so far is the David Austin Lady of Shalott. January 19th I will celebrate my 45th birthday! Maybe I’ll start a new tradition of getting a new rose each year on my birthday!

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  410. Jessica Beveridge on

    My favorite rose is one from my late grandmothers garden. I remember it as a child, she would cut and have vases throughout her home. The smell was heavenly. I now have it in my garden, although I do not know a name for it. One that I am hoping to order from Heirloom Roses is Jude the Obscure. I love English roses.

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  411. Shalyse Larsen on

    I’m new to roses and just beginning to see the “vision”. Every new rose I see becomes my new favorite but one of the first I bought was Barbara Streisand. It smells really good and lasts in a vase.

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  412. NAOMI on

    I am hoping to work with a new Lord Mountbatten. We live at over 7500′ in Colorado and gardening can have its challenges. My mother had a shrub rose on an old arch for years in Michigan and I am hoping to duplicate that beautiful look. She passed away at 95 in June 2020. None of us ever knew the name of that rose and I to have tried to propagate without success. Thanks to your article I do want to try again.

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  413. Tori Carver on

    My mom always loved roses and I recently inherited her massive iron archway. Her rose garden has long since gone but the memory of her excitement from bringing in a handful of roses that she had grown herself is etched in my memory. I’m a micro farm cut flower farmer now and have started investing in roses for my own rose garden. I’ve got Teasing Georgia in mind for the arch, but after reading your article I may change my mind. ☺️ There may be too many choices out there.

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  414. Mary Staley on

    Many years ago I planted a Paul McCartney rose in my parents’ yard. I bought it based on both the name (long-time Beatles fan here!) and the color. Every year it was covered with profuse blooms. Eventually I had to sell the family home of 65 years in order to pay for my Mother’s care. Saying good-bye to my McCartney rose was one of the difficult aspects of that painful experience. Years later I still drive by the house when in that area, and the McCartney rose plant is still there and still blooming! Still providing joy!

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  415. Rebecca Buchanan on

    I, too, am returning to roses after a long hiatus. I fell in love with them nearly 26 years ago when we first moved to Vermont and there used to be a lovely roseraie in nearby Maine where I could get bare root cuttings. I planted a few at our first home, then we moved around the state a few times and only now am I back on a property where I would like to begin again at age 63. There are many varieties of rosa gallica that I would like to try! Your article, and Anne Belovich’s story, are so inspiring to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  416. Barr Marsha Kay on

    I love all roses! I recently purchased several of David Austin roses. I’m loving the Roald Dahl.

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  417. Stephanie on

    I am intrigued by historical roses like Mme Alfred Carrière and Crépuscule, and swoon over the colors of Koko Loko. Would love to add roses to my garden!

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  418. Wilma on

    I love the old ramblers and I would love to grow some David Austin roses.

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  419. Ren on

    I’d love to find and grow a nearly thornless rambler over my entry way, like Mortimer Sackler or Zepherine Drouhine or Raspberry Cream.

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  420. MarySue Cromwell on

    I’m not exactly sure of the name, but I love the cabbage roses. I love the look of them, they touch my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this process. It’s very interesting. I can’t wait to get outside and start planting.

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  421. Francesca Luppino on

    What a beautiful story! I’d love to grow a productive climber like Jasmina in my garden this year!

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  422. Maddie on

    I would love to grow David Austin roses! I love how full they look. Thank you for sharing this information about roses!

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  423. sharyn on

    I’m returning to roses — gradually but gratefully — after a 30 year hiatus. At 77 I’ve moved to a farm with horses. And I find all this space and places wonderful for roses! Your rose story is inspiration and timing just right for me. I’ll be starting with a careful look at hybrid masks. Thank you — so very much!

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  424. Vickie Murray Elkins on

    I have three, one that was my mothers, she passed last year so I transplanted it this fall (hopefully it makes it). I know the names of none but I would like to start collecting a few, the Poets Wife, Tottering by gently and Emily Bronte would be the ones I would like to start with.

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  425. Susan Casey on

    I am new to growing roses as well in part because while I owned and managed a restaurant for 21 years their was little time for anything else, but also because I was often told roses required chemicals to keep them looking good and my large peony beds were productive and easy to maintain with organic methods . Last year, I discovered the Heirloom Roses site and learned a lot from their instructional videos so that I felt confident adding 3 more roses to my collection of the single potted New Dawn rose I had inherited from my mother when she died. I love the New Dawn’s silvery pink blooms which remind me of her and it is much happier in the ground.

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  426. Stephanie Wiscott on

    I am new to growing roses. I have always had some knockout red roses but had no idea how to really care for them. After following Floret, I have been inspired to learn about a ton of different flowers and how to property care for them one at a time. I am excited to learn more about roses and order some for this year.

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  427. Sharon Weaver on

    Since my mother always grew tea roses that is what I started out with but my goal for this summer is to expand to David Austen roses. I love any of the cabbage like blooms and Crocus Rose is definitely one I want to get! And since you shared how to propagate roses I want to try my hand at starting a few rambling roses of my mothers.

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  428. Shannon Cannon on

    Just one?! My parents gifted me Earth’s Angel from Heirloom Roses for my birthday last year. She has beautiful, cupped petals in the perfect blush and the smell is DIVINE!! A close second is Queen of Sweden from David Austin. Another incredible scent with stems that look perfect bunched together in arrangements to create some feminine drama!

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  429. janet hall on

    My favorite rose is a wild climbing rose that grows here on my farm. It is probably over 150 years okd and was planted when my grandmother lived here. It is special to me because it was hers.

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  430. A'lyce on

    I haven’t yet had the opportunity to plant my own garden until this next year, but I have sweet memories of eagerly awaiting the fragrant blooms of one rose bush that grew on the side of my childhood home. Ever since, I’ve dreamed of planting roses and I can’t wait to see it realized! I really love the Abraham Darby rose! Thank you so incredibly much for sharing these sweet posts. What a treasure and pure delight.

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  431. Stacey Diehl on

    I am starting a new garden this year and would love to include Alchemist. Sounds fascinating!

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  432. Phyllis Fulton on

    I am a grandmother now but my first rose I fell in love with was the one growing beside my grandmothers chicken coop when I was a young girl. No telling how old it was or if it ever had a name! It was a big fluffy strong pink rose that smelled like spring perfume and was beautiful from bud to full bloom! Now, today my favorite rose is another pink rose that makes my heart sing, it’s called Belinda’s Dream, a gorgeous shrub rose that blooms all season and one you will never forget!

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  433. Jenny Nicks on

    Roses were what got me to originally start digging up our small lawn to create a garden. When we first bought our house in the end of winter in 2001, I got out of the car and walked through the snow to a line of twigs sticking out of the snow. I returned to the car and said “We have roses!” I waited until early June to see what “Andy”, the original owner of our house, had carefully cultivated along the back line of his yard. They are a double pink mystery antique rose that has survived some pretty intense winter weather here in Wisconsin. I was told that Andy dug the roses up from a ditch somewhere, but there’s at least one very large shrub that looks like a twin several miles from our house in a side yard of an older house. It’s a fun mystery.
    But…the even better mystery is the history behind the first two roses I planted myself. I got them from my parents’s property, and they got them from my dad’s childhood home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. My grandmother found them growing in an old ghost town near Newport State Park. I’ve never seen any like them. One has incredibly small and delicate dark green leaves, and has arching canes covered with small fragrant loosely double white flowers and dense prickles. The other is a massive rounded shrub they can get to 9 feet high, and has larger, lighter green leaves, somewhat clean stems, and fragrant double pale pink double flowers with a little knot of quartered petals in the center of the bloom. The first time I ever saw it bloom was when I was home for college and my boyfriend had dumped me that morning. I walked by it along side the shaded side of my dad’s old house and stopped dead in my tracks. There they were, beautiful fragrant roses the same color as the pink paint my grandmother chose for the bathroom. I had never met my grandmother but I was convinced she was sending an unmistakable message of support. That was coming up on 30 years ago and it’s bloomed ever since. It’s a delicate beast, absolutely unstoppable in our garden.

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  434. Kerin on

    I love roses these are my 3 favorite Eden and the pilgrim Twilight zone I hope you tell Ann thank you for sharing with all of us

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  435. Gail Riffle on

    I love many of the David Austin roses. My daughter is named Rosalie after her great grandmother and frequently goes by Rose. All of my roses are scented, and if I had to choose just one favorite, it would have to be Angel Face. I used Angel Face and French Lace in my wedding and it was beautiful.

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  436. Cindy D on

    Oh my, it is hard to name just one or even a few favorite rose varieties. Over the years I have tried to grow my own grouping of roses, now that I am retired I hope to give much more time and attention to caring for them. The women in my family have always had beautiful fragrant gardens. I love the wild and rambling roses. I am an artist and teacher and love to examine and paint the flowers that I have gathered. I am so glad to have found your blogs and books to guide me in growing my own gardens. Like your dear friend Anne, I am beginning later in life and hope to have the years to enjoy the gardens.

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  437. Kari Hammett-Caster on

    I have not yet dabbled in roses, though I have long admired David Austin Roses and particularly like Olivia Rose. I also subscribed over a year ago to Menagerie Farm and Flower newsletter and love it. I’ve been eyeing their Earth Angel and Koko Loko. I always love reading your books and blog posts. You make me dream!

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  438. Elizabeth Scharback on

    Abraham Darby & Cecile Bruner, because both hold memories of a lifetime in their smell!

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  439. Ann on

    It makes my heart so very happy that you’ll be offering some of these rare beauties to home gardeners. My favorite rose is Bolero by Meilland … it’s such a low maintenance Rose that’s a non-stop bloomer. It’s never without a bud or bloom for me… and I never have had to prune it in the 8+ years I’ve grown it… yet it grows into the most perfect round rose Bush. It has the most delicious fragrance and the most romantic cupped blooms with a blush pink center that appears to glow at times.

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  440. Marcie Richardson on

    My father was an amazing rose gardener, and he lovingly taught me as a young child to identify some of the popular tea roses of the day by their fragrance or color: spicy Mr. Lincoln with its brilliant deep red petals; the heavenly floral Peace rose; bold tangerine Tropicana. So many years later, my own garden favorite is the English climbing rose Claire Austin, named after David Austin’s own daughter. These roses stretch their strong, rich green canes across my gray split-rail fence, bearing creamy white, densely petaled blooms. With their sweetly spicy myrrh scent, Claire Austin elegantly sits atop my favorite roses list.

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  441. Dana on

    I would love to try some of the hardy roses, since we go below forty below at least once each winter.

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  442. Jinah Kim on

    I love David Austin roses for their shape, color, and style. I also love white roses. I have been dreaming of starting a rose garden for a long time and hope to start one this year. We recently moved to a new home and I would love to start a rose garden here. I especially look forward to sharing the experience with my mom who will be moving in with us in the near future. Thank you for sharing your stories…I love them very much.

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  443. Sharon on

    I love David Austin Grace rose. I planted a group of them when my daughter (Grace) left for college! It’s just a little reminder of her for me in the garden. 💚

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  444. Dorene Brooks on

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story about your rose garden… and the wealth of information….
    One of my favorite roses is Angel Face….my mom grew it in her front yard and it was so beautiful… I grow one similar to it in my yard in memory of my mom….

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  445. Meg McGinnis on

    My husband and I have grown roses our whole married life…32. He was inspired by mom’s rose garden. We grow our standard cutting BBroses… David Austin, French Heirloom types in a fenced in area before our vegetable plot. Keep out deer. Another area are hedge and climber roses planted around the perimeter of our orchard to also keep out deer. Many rogusa types that boast beautiful hips that I harvest in the fall. But our prized roses in this hedge are some old roses rescued from a garden in Edmonds before it was plowed under: Queen of Denmark and a Brides Bouquet (?) Love roses

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  446. Sue on

    I love my Cecile Brunner rose, the rose that grew in my mother’s garden and both sets of grandparents. I love the distinctive rose scent and perfect “baby” roses.

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  447. Tammy Schuster on

    Oh my goodness, what wealth of information and inspiration! What an honor it was to have known Ms. Belovich. Seeing her roses must surely have been a dream come true.

    My favorite rose of all time is Louise Odier, and I hope to find Madame Grégoire Staechelin at one of the nursery resources you were kind enough to share with us!

    Many thanks to you and Heirloom Roses, for the opportunity to win and if you’re able to, please pass along my condolences to Ms. Belovich’s family.

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  448. Rikki on

    Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and sharing the magic of your roses (and Anne’s with us!). It’s really hard to pick a favorite rose, but I have a pale pink shrub rose growing in the corner of my vegetable garden, it came from a cutting I took from a neighbor (my first ever!) about 7 years ago. I transplanted the rose when we left the city and it’s happily been growing in the worst soil, but best location I could manage when we moved. It smells heavenly and I look forward to it each and every year!

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  449. Brenda Pennington on

    What a wonderful story and segment on your roses! Shropshire Lad and Earth Angel are two of my favorites because of the way their petals are formed and layered and open up —just stunning! I really hope to plant either in my yard this year!

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  450. Pamela A Lawrence on

    Any and all, nothing more wondrous than a rose. Shakespeare said it best: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

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  451. Laura Wood on

    These posts have been incredible! My grandmother loved to grow roses and I still have such vivid memories of smelling her giant roses every time we would visit! I would love to grow Abraham Darby and Crocus some day in my own garden! Beautiful! Just beautiful!

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  452. Linda Detwiler on

    I hope to plant my first David Austin rose. I think OliviaRoseAustin in honor of my granddaughter Olivia.

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  453. Jenny on

    Flowers have been my saving grace during the dumpster fire that has been the last two years of parenting small children and teaching middle school in a pandemic. I find so much joy in looking at, thinking about, reading about, and growing flowers! I am absolutely enamored with the Abraham Darby – gah, it’s just so beautiful! Keeping my fingers crossed that I can add it to my flower garden this year.

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  454. Lori Wood on

    I just loved your rose story. My old rose story (passion) started over 45 years ago while visiting a relatives grave site. The cemetery was surrounded by old roses and the smell was intoxicating.
    Later in life I lived in Oregon not far from the Heirloom Rose Garden in St. Paul. This was when you could walk through their gardens and take in the beauty of their roses and the sweet smell of their old perfume scent. I still have several of the old catalogs and roses. 36 years ago I purchased the rose “Jessica” to celebrate the birth of my daughter Jessica from them. It has been moved 5 times and is still going strong.
    Recently, I was gifted an old climbing rose from my sister called “Apple Blossom” that she had for years from Heirloom Rose Garden. I’ve trellised it over my garden shed. I can’t wait to see it bloom and take in it’s wonderful aroma.

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  455. Rhonda Kobylski on

    I love, love the Albertine rose! The fragrance and the orange-pink color of the petals are outstanding-and the rose buds are so pretty, as if they are standing up marching on top of the fence!

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  456. Ashley on

    Thanks for such a thoughtful and transparent post about Anne’s rose garden. Growing up my grandmother started and tended a rose garden, often getting a new rose bush for her garden for birthdays or Mother’a day. It’s been a handful of years since she’s been able to tend a garden and has since moved in with a family member as she’s grown older. Anytime I see a rose bush, I think of her. This year is the year we get to design and landscape our small yard from rock and grass into a garden. One of the roses I’m hoping to add is the Koko Loko variety. It’s a unique color that has hints of a light lavender color, something my grandmother loved.

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  457. Melissa Peterson on

    LOVE looking through all the beautiful roses and reading your story Erin! My grandmother used to plant a new rose for every special occasion, and my love for them started as a child. I think, today, the rose that really catches my eye is: Paris de Yves St. Laurent – There is something about that one that makes me think of a cross between a rose and an iris. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!

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  458. Amy Fenison on

    I am just starting out in my rose journey and I am so overwhelmed with the choices and varieties. I have read all three parts of this story and loved all of it and learned so much. I cant wait to start collecting my own heirloom roses! I believe antiques are my favorite. I love antique everything!

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  459. Pamela Estes on

    I would love to grow Kathleen in my small garden this spring. I love so many varieties it’s hard to pick! Thank you for sharing these stories! So wonderful 🙂🥰

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  460. Loran W on

    My favorite rose in my collection so far is a David Austin rose, Boscobel. It has the perfect color, shape, and fragrance. Love reading your blog about all the other roses out there. Makes me dream of the potential for my rose garden in the future.

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  461. Jamie on

    The climbing rose “Awakening” is absolutely beautiful. It will be a wonderful first rose in my 2022 rose garden.

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  462. Karen Baker on

    How do you pick a favorite? When I take the time to scroll through available roses, I am mesmerized. There is such beauty in the various types available. 3 jumped out as I scrolled through Heirlooms Roses that I would LOVE to add to my cut flowers: Apricots N’ Cream, Queen of Sweden and Fruity Petals. I love the color mix of Apricots N’ Cream; I could look at Queen of Sweden all day long, same feeling, almost, as when I brought each of my children home from the hospital at birth; Fruity Petals is SO fun and put a smile on my face every time I scrolled back to look at it. I am a brand new grower and my only 2 criteria is that it is for cutting and that my zone is listed…oh, and it HAS to jump out at me.

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  463. Erica on

    They are all so beautiful. I love the blank slate transformation and the different groupings of roses. The archways and towers are super cool too! Wild Eve and Lady of Shalot are my favorites.

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  464. Nina Hawkins on

    Your story is so beautiful!!! My grandmother had a beautiful flower garden and I have the most beautiful memories of her garden. I have been collecting for 25 years many flowers that she had in her garden (I’m from South America and it’s has been tricky to find many of them including her roses) I live in California now and just going outside in my garden and smelling the roses brings me such as beautiful memories of my childhood. I have collected so many and I’m sharing my passion with my kids now hoping they will have the same memories when they get older. I will be looking into the resources to find some that I’m still missing (if I see them I’ll know since I can not remember their names). It’s amazing how vivid are my memories of her garden. Thank you, the last year I been following you and has made my passion of gardening ever more amazing!!!

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  465. Nancy M on

    I’ve always wanted to get a re-blooming or long season blooming shrub rose.

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  466. Melissa on

    I’ve never grown roses, but have always wanted to. I’d love to find some that can grow in hot Pheonix.

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  467. Rosalie on

    my favorite right now is distant drums! i love how much the colors change from blud to completion and it’s smell is glorious. i’d love to win this contest in order to add more roses to my garden!

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  468. Darcy Andersen on

    Okay, I haven’t been a fan of roses due to their thorns and how some just seem to take over everything. BUT this post has me reconsidering my ways and thinking up how to contain the yellow roses at my parent’s farm. Sprouts from it show up everywhere. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  469. Brittany Eilert on

    I’ve always admired a rose my friend has, Eden Climber, and would be delighted to get to grow her this coming year in our new home.

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  470. Claire Shelton on

    Many years ago in Pittsburgh, PA my Aunt Eleanor had a rose amongst many called the John F. Kennedy rose. Tall bush with beautiful white blooms and the fragrance was wonderful. I would live to add that memory to my garden.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and enthusiasm for collecting roses. You rank up there with so many who preserve for future generations, the apples, the music, the recipes. Be blessed.

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  471. Jennifer Heideman on

    Hi! I’m infatuated with flowers since we moved into our first home 5 years ago. My idea is to create a cottage look around our home which I can have a variety of cut flowers. I love to just bring flowers in the house or if visiting someone to take them something special. There are so many varieties that I continue to learn about and Floret Flowers has always inspired me to do more. From Knock Out Rose’s to Peonies, I love them all.

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  472. Linda K on

    I am looking at David Austin Lady of Shalott, a beautiful climbing rose. My all time fav is Abraham Darby.

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  473. Megan Allen on

    I am excited to have ordered Earth Angel to plant in my perennial bed. I feel like a big girl gardener now that I’m moving on from Knock Out Roses!

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  474. Winter Cohen on

    Lots of love and sharing here, starting with you and Anne Belovitch, thank you! I have always wanted a Graham Thomas, but after looking up your Pleasing Georgia, I think that may be better for my Georgia garden. I would like to try Ronald Doald (probably spelled wrong-sorry) love the dark orange buds with lighter apricot blooms.

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  475. Jackie Lambert on

    Choosing a favorite rose is like choosing a favorite child – they are all favorites! Firefighter is a very fragrant red rose that needs some fungicide applications in my Pennsylvania z6b garden. Quietness, a Griffith Buck rose, grows and flowers very well here with no spraying at all, at least in 2021. Belladonna is an Old Garden Rose that belonged to the grand mother of a friend. The rose garden of the grandmother was being paved over by the new owner. I dug several sprouts. Three struck roots and grew into lovely, large bushes. I shared two with my friend. When I moved to Pennsylvania I dug up a sucker and she now graces the corner of my yard.

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  476. Julie Emmett on

    Abraham Darby was my introduction to my passion for roses and Johann Strauss is my best performing rose in my garden. I have many types but mostly modern roses. I live in the willamette valley and used to love going to Heirloom roses each summer when they maintained a display garden. If you ever travel up this way you should not miss seabright hosta nursery in brooks Oregon. It has a very special display garden. Even after losing 60 trees in an ice storm a couple of years ago.

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  477. Maureen deTar on

    My favorite rose is Zepherine Drouhin. I have planted one or two at each of our homes. She climbs, even on a north facing wall. She is nearly thornless and my grandkids love to pick her flowers. Lovingly, we make rose petal jelly each year from the dark pink roses. They are stunning and fragrant and so is the jelly so that we can enjoy her during the snowy days. I think of her as a member of the family.

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  478. Kyle Sugamele on

    I’m just a backyard gardener from the Seattle area and new to growing roses. Last year, we built a new picket fence and arbor and I’ve been looking for the right climbing roses for it. One of them, Zephirine Drouhin, is a beautiful dark pink climbing rose that’s also thornless and both mildew and disease resistant. I was having a tough time finding it, but after reading your article, I checked out a few of your suggested sources and was pleased to see Zephirine Drouhin available at the Heirloom Roses site (yea!). I plan to purchase a batch ASAP. Thank you!

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  479. Emily L. on

    I would like to add Great Maiden’s Blush to my new yard. It think this heirloom variety would add just the right touch and smell amazing.

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  480. Victoria on

    I Love Rio Samba Roses! You never know what color the buds will be! Yellow, peach or a combination of the two! To top it off they smell amazing!

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  481. Kayla on

    I can’t stop looking at David Austin roses and have collected a few so far. Desdemona has a scent that I didn’t know was possible from a flower. Pictures can never do a marvelous smell justice!

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  482. Connie on

    My favorite rose is unquestionably Souvenir de La Malmaison, she looks like a cabbage rose, smells great, is always healthy, repeat blooms, great cut flower, drought tolerant and will happily bloom in a 5 gallon bucket. She’s small enough to tuck into any size garden and looks great with lavender.

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  483. cheryl borkowski on

    I love my 6’ tall Therese Brugnet rose even tho it’s in partial shade and doesn’t bloom as well as it could. The blooms are such a clear pink and fragrant too!

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  484. Mary K. on

    I’d love to try Abraham Darby!

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  485. Genevieve on

    I love my Sugar Moon rose. A nearly translucent, sparkling white rose with best fragrance. It has been a healthy and happy addition to my small rose plot. Next on my list is Francis Meilland, a pale pink beauty that I grew long ago. Thank you for this great series of writings on roses. What an amazing woman! Also, thanks for the reminder about Cecil Brunner and so many “old friends” mentioned here.

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  486. Brenda Metz on

    I’m very new to roses. This is my second year. I have “peachy knock out”roses. I live in Southwest Michigan near Lake Michigan we are covered in a nice blanket of lake effect snow. I covered my roses in late Fall with a Winter drawstring cover hopefully I’m doing it right. So far so good, hoping for an awesome Summer with them!

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  487. Alexandra on

    I’d like to grow the Queen of Sweden. It’s absolutely stunning, elegant, and delicate. It grows upright (at just the perfect height for me!) Its fragrance is that of myrrh, has few thorns, and it makes a good cut flower, too!

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  488. Lisa on

    I love Perlie Mae! I love roses because my grandma grew them and anything peachy-pink absolutely has my heart. :)

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  489. Nicol on

    I love ramblers and climbing roses! The one that I really like the look of and would go great in a new scent garden I want to plant in the spring looks like the Darlow’s Enigma. So pretty!

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  490. Sheri Ponegalek on

    I am so inspired by your rose story. The fairytale like pics together with all the knowledge you share have me so excited to try a few old fashioned roses myself. I can barely wait to see their first delicate blooms and experience their sweet fragrance. Thank you so much for sharing your garden and your special relationship with Anne!

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  491. Jeanne Durocher on

    My favorite rose was a climber: Cecile Brunner. What beauty and fragrance! Sadly I had to leave all my roses and flowers when we moved 3 yrs ago. But after reading all your rose stories I am inspired to grow them again in my new home!

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  492. Kimberly Manning on

    Thanks for sharing this series! Fascinating. We had a Tropicana rose in our garden growing up, and I love it because it was my mother’s favorite, and my paternal grandmother’s favorite in her garden. It has a gorgeous coral color and tropical scent. Reading this series inspired me to reach out to my aunt back in West Virginia. My uncle passed away in 2021. He was a professor at WVU and an avid rose gardener. As I add roses to my own garden, I asked her what varieties were his favorites so I can try to include a nod to my family heritage. Gardens are wonderful for passing along varieties from one generation to the next.

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  493. Janet on

    Thank you for all the rose knowledge and inspiration!!
    Amazing!!
    I have a lot to learn, so I’m starting small with roses. I’d like to try the Olivia Rose Austen variety this year.

    Gardeners make life so wonderful…thank you to all of you at floret!!

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  494. Kevin L Cook on

    My favorite roses are among the species Rosa rugosa, the beach shrub roses you find along the coast of Maine and in people’s yards here. The fragrance is absolutely intoxicating, hard to describe, and are the essence of June ! The beach shrub roses are so hardy, nothing will eat them, they take wind, salt spray and cold. You can cut them severely back, no problem. They last generations. Essentially single flowers in primarily pink, though white is common too. There are doubles, but the singles are definitely my favorite. They do need lots of sun ! Wonderfully fragrant, they can be smelled before seen !!!! I would love to know how they got here, and naturalized.

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  495. Judy Chandler on

    My first David Austin is Lady of Shalott, I also have Jude the Obscure and Graham Thomas. I’m drooling over photos of Claire Astin however. (My oldest grand daughter’s middle name is Clair).

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  496. Johanna Heinrich on

    My favorite rose is called Angel face. She is a beautiful lavender Floribunda that darkens to have reddish tips on its petals as it matures. It also smells divine!

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  497. A Martin on

    The layers of color of roses’ petals is as fascinating to see as it is to experience the fragrance of many of my favorites roses such as Abraham Darby and Jude the Obscure. Seeing all the roses in the Rose Story brings all that to mind.

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  498. Kellsie H on

    I have always loved roses, but am new to growing them. I got my first David Austin Rose plant last year and it is amazing. I plan to add more David Austin Roses this year along with Koko Loko.

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  499. Linda Handling on

    Abraham Darby is by far my favorite old English rose. I have one of them left and he is 20+years old. He is the Love of my life.

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  500. Amy on

    Charles Darwin is a lovely shade of yellow and so ruffly it reminds me of a peony.

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  501. Anna on

    I’m really really new to learning about Roses, I don’t actually know any certain varieties, just heard of those that are David Austins and those that aren’t. But I hope to learn more now that I have a garden. I’m most drawn to the peachy pinks

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  502. RUTH MARTIN on

    When I moved into my new house in the suburbs, it was a shock, since I had lived on ten acres before. I was determined to limit my roses and concentrate on veggies, to which end I built five large raised beds in my front yard. Alas, the siren song of David Austin roses was too much, and I started adding them one at a time. Then it became two, then six and now, well, the veggies are limited to carrots, broccoli and a pot of tomatoes and the roses are front and center. I have many favorites, but if I have to pick two, they would be Dame Judi Dench and Lady of Shallot. Both are apricot roses; Judi Dench is as exuberant as her namesake, and Shallot just doesn’t stop giving. And I couldn’t end without a shout out to Julia Child – she is so forgiving, healthy and prolific, and I would recommend her to any first time rose grower.

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  503. Gloria on

    I have so loved reading your Rose Series. Thank you! I am looking forward to growing Sister Emmanuelle. I love the shades of lilac pink and the large/full shape of the blooms.

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  504. Racheal Johnson on

    I have just started growing roses in the last 2 years and have a beautiful Cecile that came from my grandmas house. It will forever be one of my favorites.

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  505. Amber on

    I’m new to roses but I am drawn to the tangerine and blush colored ones!

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  506. Lisa Younce on

    I just moved to Vancouver, WA from Texas last summer. This beautiful story of roses is making me so happy! And then I saw The Antique Rose Emporium on your list and I was so excited. Baronne Henrietta de Snoy is one of their roses I left behind in my Texas yard. It survived the Snow/Freeze nightmare of last February and was producing beautifully when I left it to the new people who are hopefully taking care of it now!
    I would buy as many roses if I could like you are! Thanks for sharing!

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  507. Jan Grissom on

    This series has made me cry. I love growing roses. They are like my children. (I have six of those also) I have been growing tea roses and just starting to grow more traditional ones. I’m so excited to learn more and find more to put in my rose garden. I prefer fragrant roses like the Damask roses. The Barbara Streisand rose is beautiful and smells perfect.

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  508. Kai Koski on

    Twenty years ago my husband developed his grandparents property. I refused to let them destroy her beautiful roses that were probably already 50 years old. I dug these beasts up and moved them to our property. I don’t know what they are, but they smell like heaven. I’ve had to move what I have left right next to the house, because the deer love them as much as I do. I just love the fact I know their history and how old they are. I plan on adding Earth Angel and Ebb Tide from Heirloom Roses.

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  509. Ariel Clarke on

    I will always have a special place in my heart for the Peace rose- as it was my late grandmothers favorite ❤️

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  510. Laura F on

    I don’t know the name but at my old house I had a pinkish/yellow climbing rose that I really loved.

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  511. Elizabeth A Schraeder on

    What a wonderful series on Roses, thank you for taking the time to post this information. I have recently moved to Texas and I’ve been day-dreaming about what roses to plant. Winning the gift certificate would be wonderful, I definitely would choose some my favorite from Heirloom Rose “St Elisabeth Hungary” and “Because She Served” theses two because my name is Elizabeth and my great grandparents came from Hungary, and I also served in the US Air Force. Again thank you

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  512. Merrilee Brooks Runyan on

    My favorite rose is Abraham Darby – I love its peachy beauty and incredible fragrance. I was introduced to Abraham Darby by my mother, who loved roses and grew several David Austin roses in her garden over the years. I come by my love of roses through my mother and grandmother, both of whom were incredible rose growers.
    When I moved to Washington (from Southern California) in the early 1970’s, my Mom sent me a money to buy some roses for the garden. In the note she explained that her mother had given her money for roses when she and my Dad purchased their first home, and she was passing on the gift. Both my Mom and Grandmother have passed, but working with my roses brings their spirits into the garden and reminds me that I come from a line of rose lovers.

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  513. Amy Pellicer on

    Hello from Florida! I’m a newbie to the world of roses. My hubby bought me a red rambling rose a few years ago that has taken off at my back door. It’s so beautiful and wild! I just love it! I’m looking forward to adding more roses to my garden this year! I’m looking into climbing roses either in a pink, coral, or orange colors if available. Bring on the pretty roses! My garden is ready for them!

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  514. Jennifer Gill on

    My favorite heirloom rose of all time is a Bourbon. It is Souvenir de la Malmaison (1843) – the bush variety. It is the most wonderful rose and I’ve only had one once, about 25 years ago in Austin, TX where it did well. I bought it from the older Antique Rose Emporium (170s, 1980s) when it was run by G. Michael Shoup and Liz Druitt (Liz is directly to blame for my long-time love affair with antique/heirloom roses). I would love to grow it again in this much more forgiving climate here in the Pacific North West.

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  515. Sabrina Cummins on

    Raspberry Cream Twirl Climbing Rose I discovered this gem in late spring.Fragrant.Multiple blooms right up to the first frost.Zone 4B.It doubled in height over the summer!

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  516. Annetta on

    I love peach/champagne colored varieties as well as whites /creams, but my favorites have to be between Mother of Pearl and Easy Spirit. Perfect shades of pinky champagne combined with a delicate cream, both with amazing light fragrances leave me reminded of the shades from our wedding day years ago. As a side note, I received an Ambridge bush for Christmas, and I cannot wait to see the blooms from it!

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  517. Stephanie Gould on

    I planted my first Floribunda last year- Love Song. I am obsessed with them. Just this weekend we removed a large tree that was diseased that blocked the sun. I will be digging up grass and adding more space for roses and of course dahlias! I hope to add a structure so I can plant a climbing rose! I love the ones you have in your garden. Can’t wait to see them when they mature. Thanks for all that you do. So helpful.

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  518. Lillian Speckenheuer on

    This past year has been my first rose growing season. I have been focusing mostly on annuals but I took a chance with trying to grow a rose. Over the summer while visiting my Grandparents, we went to a local nursery and I fell in love with this one rose named “Just Joey”. The colors are a sunset color with a very pale/white rim and it is a disease resistance rose with a year round bloom. It also has a long-lasting vase life. When I bring it into the house it fills the room with a sweet but subtle smell.

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  519. Kyrene Ryan on

    Roses have such a special place in my heart and it’s so hard to pick a favorite! I have my eye on Lady of Shalott by David Austin. My mom had planted roses along her driveway when I was a child and when they were in bloom, their beautiful scent greeted us everyday on our way out! Apricots and orange were her favorite colors and I would absolutely love roses for my garden for cut flowers that remind me of her. Thank you!!!!

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  520. Jen Smithe on

    I love Sugar Moon. It smells amazing!!!

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  521. Laura Buchholz on

    I love earth angels or David Austin. Roses represent a moment of peace to me. In the craziness of life, you can go enjoy a moment of Awe- of G-d’a beauty that he bestowed on us. A moment to appreciate our blessings and what we have been given. A moment to love- those who are with us and the beauty around us. I think you have more than captured this rare beauty with the talent you’ve been blessed with!

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  522. Justine on

    I’ve been following you on IG for a while now and I couldn’t wait for you to share more information about your personal rose gardens! I’m so excited to see the roses fill in on the arbors and towers! I live in a rural town near Buffalo, NY so any roses I grow have to be very cold hardy. I’m new to gardening but I’d like to have a Distant Drums and Koko Loko someday. I also plan to propagate a rose bush handed down from my great-grandma’s childhood farm. Thank you for all of your wonderful content!

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  523. Jane on

    My favorite rose is a David Austin rose that is blush colored. My friend Shirley from Everly Events introduced me to them. I love how they look like a peony! She taught me how to hand-tie bouquets with copper thread. My love for roses began there.

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  524. Heidi Smidansky on

    I love Rosa mutabalis or Rosa glauca in the garden. They wouldn’t be suitable for cutting, but are great garden additions.

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  525. Christina N. on

    Last year I purchased a rose named Moonlight in Paris. I love the subtle blush color with a pale golden center and the fragrance is delightful! It has become one of my very favorites!

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  526. Melissa Longman on

    My beautiful friend, Priscilla, sent me David Austin bare root roses for my 40th birthday last year. She started my collection and this year I am adding Desdemona. After reading this blog, my next addition will be a rambler!

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  527. Pamela on

    I have three of the Desdemona, I love the smell and the color. It’s beautiful and lots of blooms. I am looking forward to getting two climbing rose for my arbor entering my vegetable garden.

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  528. Julie Bailey on

    I love all rambling roses!! Our place here in NE TN was a blank slate when we moved in as well. I hope to learn and grow with our property!!

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  529. Lisa Barber on

    I am just starting another garden at my new home and loved reading this article about roses. I love the cabbage looking roses and look forward to finding some to put in my garden!! Could you suggest a pale pink one or white?? Thanks.

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  530. Michelle Jacobs on

    My favorite one is Heritage by David Austin, it blooms all summer!! I would love to win to add some roses to my garden!

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  531. Audrey Andrade on

    My favorite are the heirloom roses! I love their feminine qualities and their colors. They make amazing arrangements. Thank you for sharing your rose journey with your followers. It brought me to tears. Anyone who has a love for gardening, albeit simple or complex gardens, appreciates the rewards of getting tour hands dirty and seeing what Mother Nature returns to you. Thank you for sharing your stories!

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  532. Erika Nelson on

    My mother grew Double Delight roses in our backyard—we both loved the color swirl and I always had a bouquet in my bedroom as a girl 🌹. It’s my favorite!

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  533. Sarah on

    I’m hoping to grow my first rose soon, and high on my list is Roald Dahl!

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  534. Polly Vollmar-Heywood on

    Being a Minnesotan, I’ve enjoyed planting roses from the Canadian Explorer series. I’ve used ‘William Baffin’ more than once, and it always goes crazy, creating quite a show! At a nursing care center where I worked as a Registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR), I planted 6-7 plants in a row along a wrought iron fence, and it created a beautiful, draping hedge admired by all. At my home I planted another rose from this series, but lost the tag. I believe it may be ‘Lambert Closse’, but can’t be sure. It’s a strange one, sending up a new shoot or sucker every year, with part of the main stem usually dying back. Thus it never goes crazy like Wm. Baffin. I’d love to experiment with other climbing roses, as a way to enclose our very exposed corner property along the Mississippi River.

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  535. Cessie on

    I would love to get an Evelyn and French Lace, and add more old heirloom english roses…I never used to like roses before I discovered these.

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  536. Catherine Schuerman on

    Wow! It is so exciting to see you rose dreams come true! I only have a small home garden, but we love roses and my favorite is “Jude the obscure” because its fragrance is amazing!

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  537. Sandra Eyer on

    My favorite rose variety would be The English Lady , but I also love Compassion and Claire Austin. I am looking forward to trying some fragrant new varieties.

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  538. Deborah Lea Beisel on

    My Grandma grew a rose called the 7 sisters. It has tiny pink flowers with white accents. I also love David Austin Roses , Emily Bronte and Gertrude Jekyll. I love fragrant roses.

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  539. Jordan K Massad on

    My oldest daughter, Phoenix, has such a happy disposition and yellow is her favorite color. I’d love to plant a Teasing Georgia this year next to her bedroom window so when she looks out she is reminded of the beauty and light she brings to our family. 🌞

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  540. MaryBeth Hood on

    Wow….there are so many beautiful roses…how can anyone choose just one? I am in the early stages of my love for roses. I have been a flower gardener for many years but only in the last 5 years have I had enough courage to plant roses. I have always admired them, but was scared away by all of the “fuss” over them. It turns out…they are worth the fuss.
    I really like Mister Lincoln…the color and fragrance are perfectly classic.

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  541. Janet Coffey on

    I love the David Austin roses. I am new to growing roses so I hope mine will look like the pictures some day. I am trying the Abraham Darby rose and others in this collection.

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  542. Rachel Clark on

    What an exciting adventure! I knew I wanted to plant more roses but now I’m inspired to collect. I want to get hands on duchesse de montebello. I love that’s it is a fully double rose and the soft pink is so beautiful.

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  543. Kara Ayers on

    Oh goodness…if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Abram Darby, James Galloway, or Eden. I’m really hoping to find and add some rare climbers though!

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  544. Sydney Turnshek on

    I once had an heirloom rose garden in a borrowed plot that used to be a vegetable garden of a large Italian family. When the last family member passed away I had to decide which of my favorites I would move to my home garden. I picked the bourbon roses Mme Pierre Oger and Mme Isaac Pereire. Also Mme Alfred Carriere and Jacques Cartier . Then someone gave me a small Stanwell Perpetual which is now massive and has the most fragrant and pure rose scent. After a big redo of the front of my house I now have room for more beauties…

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  545. Melissa on

    I would love to grow the Eden Climber! Such a stunning rose that I have had my eye on for a while!

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  546. Sarah Wrigh on

    There’s so many to choose from.. My love for rose’s started with my grandparents Cecil Bruner that engulfed an entire side of the barn and still does to this day… I remember as a child, the rich perfume filled the early summer air as I played in the garden an gathered eggs with my grandmother..
    I have my eyes on Ambridge Rose and Claire Austin

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  547. PJ on

    Thank you for this Rose Series. I have always thought that Cecile Brunner is a beautiful, romantic rose, and would like to try to grow one outside my kitchen window. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful view?

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  548. Leslie Peterson on

    My grandma growing up installed a love for all things roses, I have never met a rose a didn’t love. Last summer I added an Alnwick rose bush from David Austin to my collection and it is my new favorite. David Austin has so many amazing roses you can’t go wrong with any. 🌹

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  549. Rebecca Neilson on

    I would love to grow Pearlie Mae. My grandma had it in her garden and it was her very favorite. In an effort to help make her garden more low-maintenance for my grandpa, my uncles dug up and threw away all of her roses. My grandpa was so upset at them because he said that some of them had come from his mom’s garden. I don’t know all of the varieties she had, but I have memories of my grandma singing to her favorite Rose bush “you’re pretty as a pearl, my Pearlie Mae” when I was helping her groom her roses.

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  550. Melinda Parkhurst on

    My current favorites are David Austin floribunda roses. I enjoy my climbing Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Alnwick Rose. I’m excited to explore some of the other sources in this story.

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  551. Marshelle Tanner on

    I love David Austin roses and hoping to acquire Teasing Georgia.

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  552. Laura T on

    Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
    But Moses supposes erroneously…!
    (This is a song from the musical Singing in the Rain).
    I’ve grown many David Austin roses in my zone 5 garden outside of Chicago – Teasing Georgia is one that performs well for me!

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  553. Melinda on

    So far my favorite roses are Jude the Obscure, which I love for its delicate form, glowing-from-within color, and beautiful fragrance, and Abraham Darby, for its romantic ruffliness. On my wishlist are Sally Holmes and Jacqueline Du Pré, and I would love to find the perfect yellow rose (maybe Graham Thomas or Julia Child, I don’t know yet!).

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  554. Dawn Schilling on

    Perlite Mae must be my favorite for a few reasons. I love the look of it, but mostly it reminds me of my mom, who was an avid gardener and loved roses. Her entire back yard was gardens, including two rose gardens. She had a cat named Pearl and my mom’s middle name was Mae and we often called the cat “Pearlie Mae.” I lost me mom 6 years ago and I plan to start my own rose garden this coming season, definitely including Perlie Mae, if I can get my hands on it. Thanks for sharing your story and knowedge.

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  555. Mary Jane Landau on

    When I was five, my father sent me a bouquet of Cecil Bruner Roses…they have been my favorite ever since and started my deep love for roses.

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  556. Melissa on

    I’d really love to grow “Handel”. It is a climbing rose and I figure, if I’m going to invest in a rose, I might as well get one that gets big!

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  557. Erin on

    Alchemist – it is so interesting!

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  558. mary dondlinger on

    My favorite roses are mostly David Austin roses. I love Jude the Obscure, Abraham Darby and Charles Austin. I am also intrigued with the new Wabara roses from Japan.

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  559. Jan Lukes on

    I loved my New Dawn climbing rose which sprawled over our 6-ft. high fence quickly, but it succumbed to the dreaded Rose Rosette virus, and I’ve mourned its passing ever since. My son then gave me a Betty Boop just because the name brings a smile, and even though it’s not the most impressive plant in my garden, I find myself looking for it every year. . . . and then I smile. : )

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  560. Sarah Carlson on

    My favorite is DA’s Lady Emma Hamilton. The scent is other worldly and the color is such a vibrant sunset-orange. I have 10 DAs and this one blows my mind every bloom!

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  561. Shuen-Ing on

    My favorite is Crown Princess Margareta. It is the first rose I planted in my garden, and she never disappointed, and even had a sport last year!

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  562. Tisha Miller on

    I have an order in for Boscobel from David Austen that I’m excited to add to my garden along with a coral mystery rose I propagated from an old bush from my parents’ place

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  563. Linda Jones on

    David Austin English roses are my absolute favorite type rose.They are somewhat difficult to grow here in south Mississippi.i am going to follow your advice from this post.Thanks!

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  564. Cindy Lowery on

    Hello,

    New Dawn – reminds me of home and my Granny’s garden.
    I bet it grew 30 ft tall, or maybe I was just really little.

    Best wishes,
    Cindy

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  565. Tracy McGee on

    I have never grown roses before but as an herbalist, I have been wanting to start growing Rugosa Roses for the medicinal benefits.

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  566. Katie Doherty on

    My favorite rose is the only one I have here on my land — a wild rose my 90-something year old neighbor let me dig up 20 years ago.

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  567. Adriana Anderson on

    My current favorite variety is Joseph’s Coat because it thrives in our arid climate and climbs well on trellises here in NM. I enjoy the variety of color that the roses provide: orange, pink, red, and yellow.

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  568. Mubaraka vasi on

    I love Rosa rugosa growing along the dunes on the east coast of Long Island and New England for the fragrance, for its tenacity and for the rose hips! And the visual feast of the green leaves with the deep pink blooms against a blue ocean!

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  569. Juliet on

    I was gifted two DA roses for Christmas. My first rose bushes!!! I am so excited. :)

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  570. Kaela van Breevoort Reed on

    This is the first season where I’m allowing myself to dream about roses. Some of my tops picks are Queen of Sweden, Roald Dahl, South Africa, Honey Dijon, White Gold, and April Moon!

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  571. Janine Meloy on

    Hi,
    I enjoyed reading your rose journey. The trellises, and new rose garden layout, was an inspiration. It renewed my desire to have more roses in my garden.
    David Austin’s Golden Celebration is my favorite, ( excellent bloomer, cut flower, and disease resistant).

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  572. Kathleen Fanning on

    Love your Rose series. Thank you so much for sharing! Now I am inspired to try propagating some of the heirloom roses in my mother’s small rose garden. Would be wonderful to keep her garden legacy alive. Picking a favorite is like having a favorite child. They are all very special. Alchemist is thriving and the color is wonderful.

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  573. Jackie on

    I have one white rose bush left from my mother’s original rose garden. No tag on the bush anymore so I’m unsure of it’s name. My mom taught me how to prune the rose bushes and it was my escape to get outside and out of our small house. I’m working on my yard and getting more raised beds in. Gophers are a major problem in my area. My rose bush was planted 30 years ago – put chicken wire and small rocks on the bottom to keep the stinking gophers away from it. Inspired to know about the wonderful garden that didn’t begin until 60 years of age. I better get moving. Have enjoyed growing sweet peas from Floret for the last three years.

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  574. Erin Clark on

    I have loved the dainty Mermaid rose. The yellow color is perfect and the bloom so fleeting. This year I would love to grow James Galway or really any David Austin English rose.

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  575. Michelle Umrysz on

    My favorite variety rose that I have is Emma Carding, a David Austin. She is a beautiful peach color and the scent is heaven!

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  576. Michelle on

    I hope to grow my 1st rose this season. I am considering Tranquility, Moonlight Romantic and Just Joey. These all seem to be an appropriate size for the location I have selected and am crossing my fingers that I am successful.

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  577. Alice Mayeron on

    When I was at the rose garden in Portland a few years back smelling my way through the rows of blooms a soft yellow stunner caught my nose. It was lemon meringue pie, no two ways about it. Sweet and creamy with a lingering zest. And because sometimes life is really this perfect the placard revealed it was named after my all-time idol Julia Child.

    Kismet, much?

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  578. Sally P on

    This gets me motivated. I’m going to look for Seven Sisters shrub rose. It’s the only rose I remember my Mom growing. Smelled wonderful!

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  579. Liesl on

    I would LOVE to add Tuscany Superb to our garden this year for its stunning blossoms AND fragrance!

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  580. Madeline Anderson on

    Loved reading these posts! What a magical place your farm will be when your roses grow in and I love that you have been able to be inspired by and a huge help to Anne Belovich!

    I have four sad non heirloom Rose bushes in my front yard that I am not in love with. My ideal rose is O’Hara for its rich white hue and endless petals.

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  581. Darlene on

    I love the giant Paul Neyron roses. I plan on re-doing my entire flower garden. It’s entirely too rocky for anything other than roses.

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  582. Sarah K on

    I love all of this, Floret! Makes me tear up – this is my dream too. And my Mother’s. She passed away in 2020 and I remember the day we both met David Austin’s Abraham Darby – we were at a nursery in Greenbank on Whidbey Island in the mid-90’s. We were both smitten and couldn’t believe the beauty and fragrance of that rose! We both bought one and I purchased another DA for an Inn where I was the gardener. I sure hope it’s still there. I live in the midwest now and have a hard time with them but I buy and enjoy them for as long as I can!

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  583. Brooke Plough on

    I plan on growing Madame Pierre oger this year. Thanks!

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  584. Marcina on

    This post was so inspiring! I hope to grow Claire Austin roses in my backyard garden this year!

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  585. Jodi on

    My sister has a whole row of David Austin’s Queen of Sweden along a fence – it’s gorgeous in bloom! I’d love to get one or two of my own!!

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  586. Meghan Murphy on

    Hi. Is this code working for anyone? Existing customer and had items in my shopping cart. Copied and pasted code it isn’t working. Thanks!

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  587. Jewels B on

    My very favorite rose in my garden is called Floribunda Honey Perfume (Jacarque) Yellow-Apricot. I bought her about 17 years ago in Healdsburg, California. She been through all kinds of weather, extreme high up to 114° and lows in the occasional teens. I keep her by my door so that her floral honey fragrance wafts through my tiny house in the Sierra Foothills . She blooms from Spring till early winter. Her flowers are medium sized and the color of honey and apricots. I admit I am smitten and have yet to find another rose I enjoy as much. Thank you for your lovely rose garden story. You are my Rose Garden Fairy and a great inspiration to me as I create my own epic gardens.

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  588. Erin McCracken on

    I have a mix of box store roses, and now a few David Austins that I adore. Lady of Shalott is always doing well, but my James Galway climber is one of my favorites. Hoping someday to have more space and a better set up, and then I’ll throw in Koko Loco and other lovelies.

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  589. Christi on

    Lady of Shallllot by David Austin…which is patented but is a bare root rose. So healthy, almost constantly in bloom here in middle TN, very cold hardy, and keeps it’s beautiful leaves so well, and the COLOR! She’s a joy!

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  590. Jill Whiteman on

    I currently have wild heirloom roses growing on my property which I love. I bought the house almost 10 years ago and I have been slowly reclaiming the overgrown flower beds. I started adding more roses a few years ago. I have been researching heirloom roses and I would love to add some Gallica Roses like Gallica Officinalis to my garden. Eventually I would like to add some climbers like Golden Opportunity. I love the golden yellow color, the big flowers and that it attracts polinators.

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  591. Debra Arney on

    Fantastic Read! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and dreams. Roses are such a sign of passionate beauty, never disappointing. I’ve been looking for the perfect David Austin climbing rose for our arbor, but so many choices. The James Galway for my husband Jim or Zephirine for being thornless or Gertrude for fragrance and grandma. They are all so beautiful! PICK ME, PICK ME! 🌹💜
    Colorado zone 5b

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  592. Lynn Williams on

    By far my favorite is Jude the Obscure. The fragrance is out of this world and the cup shape the flower makes is just beautiful. This year I hope to plant a climber or two. Perhaps Teasing Georgia?
    Thanks for the info and for the diversion from the cold days we are enduring….it’s wonderful to dream of summer and roses!

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  593. Kira Wood on

    Such lovely articles! I dearly love English roses! They are so elegant and feminine with such delicious smells.

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  594. Sarah McCormick on

    Thanks for the lovely write up! I love the old roses too, my favorite from David Austin are Golden Celebration and Queen of Sweden.

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  595. Amy Christianson on

    I love and hope to grow Claire Austin. It’s a whimsical climbing variety that grows well in my (very cold) Wisconsin zone! Thank you for doing this, I look forward to a book someday but in the meantime this is an excellent post!

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  596. Kylee on

    I used to despise roses – thanks to the thankless and lackluster gifts pushed by commercialized consumerism.. When I moved to a new house with a few existing rose bushes I discovered a rose with the headiest and most delicious scent. The smell is what most roses only dream of smelling like – the quintessential rose. It’s the most beautiful dark blush color with petals upon petals upon petals. I look forward to it’s blooms every year.

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  597. Danielle on

    Graham Thomas. Thank you for your insightful posts.

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  598. Trina Hoyt on

    Awe..I just love your series on Rose’s. My love of them started when I was only 5 and would visit my great aunt Agnes here in Olympia. Her Rose garden was all of her back yard and the smell was so ..well.. I am 70 now and can still smell them! I live where the deer also have a love for my Rose’s so I have lost many which is heartbreaking to me. I appreciate your love of them and you preserving them for the next Rose Lover amongst us.

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  599. Scott W Arnett on

    I really appreciate the amount and detail of information you share with readers! My wife mentioned that she likes the cabbage rose looking flowers and I would like to plant some of those for her. Also, I am originally from Georgia, so I would like to plant some Teasing Georgia this year. Thanks again for sharing all of this rose content!

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  600. Marcia Sharkey on

    I’m totally new to roses and have not been successful as of yet. But Hope springs eternal and I’m totally motivated to try again after seeing this great, informative, inspiring series. My husband’s grandmother, long since passed, had a lovely pink climbing rose with a lovely fragrance. Obviously extremely hardy in the Rhode Island climate as I have not destroyed it after 48 years! I’ll research what it might be named. Thank you so much for all you do!

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  601. Suzanne Albinson on

    I live in zone 4 Vermont. Winters and Japanese beetles are hard on roses here The favourite rose I grow is Rosa ‘Darlow’s Enigma’. It is a climber, with clusters of beautiful single, fragrant white flowers, healthy foliage and pretty little red hips. . It has so far survived and bloomed well over many years.

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  602. Amy Kelly on

    Thank you for this series. I am so excited to start a secret garden of my own that my two little girls can enjoy for years to come. My office window looks out on a perfect little plot to start a few varieties this spring. I think I will start with something blush like the Wollerton Old Hall from heirloom roses, reminds me of the roses in my wedding bouquet!

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  603. Yolanda Juarez on

    My parents garden has always been full of roses it was always a must in the garden when moved to a new home. I would also often go on walks with my aunt and she would sometimes cut a branch to try to propagate they variety she had seen. Now, I want to start to grow more well know varieties for my own enjoyment one of my top favorite is the English Heritage and sweet lady, I always love the subtle colors and the sublime fragrance.

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  604. Janet King on

    So excited to be able to finally fill a corner of my back yard with climbing roses. I chose Pilgim, Fourth of July and The Prince’s Trust. Out front under the shade of our big fir I needed some climbers to create privacy between us and our neighbor so I bought Alchymist and Galawsy Bay. All will arrive in March for my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Next I plan to tear our some grass in front of my Arborvitae hedge and create a rose garden using smaller bush size plants.

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  605. Linda on

    I don’t have a lot of experience with roses, but appreciate their beauty. In 2019 several of my high school friends and I reunited together in OR. One of the special places we experienced was Washington Park in Portland, OR. I was able to take a few photos of flowering roses as well as the names of a couple that interested me. Those that interested me were “Firefighter Hybrid tea” E22 and “9/11 Tribute rose”.

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  606. Janice Langenhorst on

    I always thought Roses were too fussy to grow while working, but since retiring I bought a few David Austin Roses. I think I should also check into Own root roses.
    I live in Wisconsin and winters are very brutal and unpredictable. Time will tell.

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  607. Cassandra Gelman on

    Hi, Love your Rose garden dreams! I have two favorite roses, because you can’t have just one. The first is a David Austin stunner called Jubilee Celebration, it’s got a great peachy raspberry color and the scent is such a beautiful lemon rose. The other that I’ve had for 22 years is Sunset Celebration hybrid tea because of the honey myrrh smell and the great peachy sunset color.

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  608. Bethany on

    I bought a Spirit of Freedom rose last year from the Antique Rose farm in snohomish…it’s in a pot currently but I’m hoping that it will some day cover a lovely trellis for a bit more privacy in our yard!

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  609. Michelle Richmond on

    I am dreaming of placing a obelisk outside my front door with an Eden climbing rose and Duchess of Edinburg clematis covering it. The Eden rose reminds me so much of an old english style rose from my mother’s garden which’s name has long been forgotten. <3

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  610. Margaret Wilmerding on

    I am currently in the process of creating a new garden space in my new home in Philadelphia and my back fence shares the property line with the Philadelphia School for the deaf. My plan is to cover the chain link fence with beautifully scented climbers so the kids and I can both enjoy them. I have gardened all my life – some ornamental perennials but mostly vegetables – but have very little experience with roses. This series has inspired me to add to my new garden!

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  611. Jen on

    I am brand new to roses, but will definitely check out some of the book recommendations to learn more. I’ve been mostly afraid to grow roses so far, but you’ve motivated me to give them a try. I’m enjoying learning about all the many beautiful varieties. I’m especially drawn to the rambling varieties and many of the David Austin shrub roses, including Lark Ascending and Scarborough Fair. I love the subtle colors

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  612. Meghan DeGroot on

    My favorite rose so far has been David Austin’s Tess of d’Ubervilles. She has a beautiful red bloom with a super long bloom period in our zone and she grows FAST!!!!

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  613. Melanie Corey on

    I bought a Frida Khalo rose bush in the fall to grow in my garden. The oranges and reds are so brilliant and beautiful! Frida was such an inspiration and dealt with so many hardships and so much pain but yet still persisted and created beautiful artwork. Her home was filled with plants and was painted the most wonderful blue. Her life reminds me to be persistent with my dreams and this flower will definitely be a representation of that!

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  614. Bess B on

    My partner and I are in the midst of the dreaming and planning stage for landscaping of our new place in Montana. I feel so inspired by the wild and adventurous nature of climbing and rambling roses, so I’ve got my eye on those :) I’m hoping to have arbors and fence lines smothered in them!

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  615. Mary Shields on

    I ordered several roses last year from The Antique Rose Emporium and they are doing great. My favorite is Savannah Sunrise for the amazing fragrance and how tough it is. Second to that is Graham Thomas. But they are all so beautiful 😍.

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  616. Kimberly Lichti on

    I planted Zepherine Drouhin twenty years ago on an arbor because it’s thornless, fragrant, and continually blooming! I’ve added many more varieties to my garden since then, but this one’s still a favorite!

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  617. Jared Gibbons on

    About twelve years ago I was doing a horticulture internship at George Washington Foundation’s Ferry Farm. There was a large mounding rose, almost climbing with soft pink flowers and stop-you-from-moving fragrance. Everyone that noticed it in bloom asked it’s name. ‘Champney’s Pink Cluster’ an old noisette type that was nearly lost from cultivation. Of all the roses I’ve come across it’s still stands out!

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  618. Savannah on

    Francis Meilland is my very favorite rose for cut flowers, but I’m excited to add several climbers to my garden this year!

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  619. Abbi on

    My sister forwarded these articles to me, knowing how excited I would be to hear ‘old roses’ stories. Wonderful to know all this is happening. Thank you for sharing.
    I am fond of my hardy little Morden Blush rose!

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  620. Anika G on

    I’m new to roses but find them enchanting (who wouldn’t)! I’m looking forward to starting my own collection and it absolutely must include yellow roses. My late grandmother was the type of lady who drove a Cadillac convertible, had a motorcycle, and yellow roses were her favorite. The first one on my list is Moonlight Romantica.

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  621. Alexa Mercurio on

    I am really excited to grow Earth Angel this year. I also have a very established Peace rose in my garden that produces beautiful blooms all season long!

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  622. Laura Hartley on

    Thank you so much for writing these inspiring rose stories, as always it’s a delight and motivates my soul.
    I love the cabbage rose look and hope to add some to my rose garden I started last year. This is the year for a couple David Austin roses and plan to order the Gentle Hermione and Claire Austin.

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  623. Marsha on

    I don’t have any roses yet, but I am hoping to grow some in the future. We had a few growing in our garden when I was growing up and I love the gorgeous blooms and fragrance. My family and I enjoy visiting the rose garden not too far from where we live and wandering the rows, smelling the flowers and picking out our favorites. I’d love to grow Eden Climber and Quicksilver in my garden.

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  624. Jessica Roderer on

    I love the idea of growing heirloom roses! One of my plans for our small garden space this year is to put up a few arbors that roses and climbing vines can eventually cover with blooms. This article is so helpful in giving me ideas for which roses to pick for this project.
    Currently, I have a tea rose named Pope John Paul II that has big white blooms and has a heavenly, almost citrusy fragrance.

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  625. Kasey Warren on

    At the moment, I’m loving the richness of the Munstead Wood and the pale apricot of the Bathsheba. This spring, I’ll be planting my first garden rose: Winchester Cathedral and I can’t wait! I’ve been in love with roses since I was a kid watching The Secret Garden over and over. Eventually I’d love to have a garden filled with all kinds of rare an beautiful varieties. :)

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  626. Cindy Kolberg on

    Love the Peace rose and Apricot nectar my grandpa grew. Will research where to find a rose that has in its name each of my grandchildren’s name. Grant, Will or William, Audrey , Graham. We live in Oregon so I will check with Heirloom Nursery. If you have other thoughts please let me know.

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  627. Suzy Stutes on

    My current prolific rose is Mister Lincoln. It is a large, deep red rose that produces many cutting roses. I want to grow Puppy Kisses which is a hedge rose, semi double 2.5 inches, in the Floribunda Class. I live in Oregon so these should grow well. I also have numerous KnockOut Rose varieties that love our climate and soil. My grandmother always grew roses and tended her plants lovingly.

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  628. Sara on

    I love roses, especially the high petal count, highly scented romantic varieties. I have just started in my rose collection journey and have 5 wonderful varieties so far – Boscobell and Princess Alexandria of Kent being new for 2022. Any place I can find to put a rose I will as I want to eventually have a wonderful collection to admire and cut from.

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  629. Jess on

    Graham Thomas became my favorite in my small collection in CA! A buttery-apricot yellow David Austin that is very prolific and has very few thorns, my hands always appreciated these long stems over some others that were beautiful but harder to work with. I’ve relocated and am in a new climate, trying out which roses will do well in New England — but of course needed at least one Graham Thomas :) Can’t wait to find some of those older heirlooms mentioned here!

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  630. Sandi Stewart on

    My fondness for roses started as a very small child in my mother’s backyard “rose garden”. I think she had a total of 3 rose bushes and 4 climbers on the chain-link fence; but it was a beautiful garden to me. I thought those roses touched the sky, but as I found out later in life the fence was only 4′ tall. lol! My father’s favorite rose was a good old fashioned red rose. Mom had an Mister Lincoln tea rose she loved, and when we moved, Mr. Lincoln came with us. Today, mom’s 90 and Mr. Lincoln continues to make an appearance in her small but ever so lovely garden.

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  631. Jamie Porter on

    I have a David Austin Roald Dahl. It’s so beautiful and blooms for MONTHS. I hope to get several more of the fully double David Austin English Rose varieties in shades of coral, apricot, and pink.

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  632. Amy on

    I love David Austin English roses, and I try to add one new one to my garden each year. So far my favorites are Wollerton Old Hall, Gertrude Jekyll, and the Poet’s Wife. But really, all of my roses make me very happy!! :)

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  633. Kimberly Singel on

    I love shrub roses & Flamenco Rosita has such a punchy hot pink color that I adore. My Dad was always a rose fan & grower. Each home I’ve moved to, I grew roses, too. Rose’s silky petals and intoxicating fragrance takes your memories back to your first discovery of these beauties.

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  634. Abigail on

    My favorite rose at the moment is Julia Child because I have it. It is currently my only rose, but I hope to add a couple more varieties in the near future. Choosing roses is difficult for me because they are all so beautiful! I am limited due to living in zone 4. The varieties I am looking at are Morden Blush, Bonica, and Winter Sunset.

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  635. Georgia on

    I am a great admirer of David Austin’s roses, but Gertrude Jekyll is my favorite; it has the most wonderful fragrance and the flowers are pink and especially beautiful; can be grown as bush or climber. Thank you for such an informative article.

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  636. Sarah Wilkinson on

    I love all English-style roses. I’m hoping to how them for the first time and am leaning towards Abraham Darby as the first one to plant!

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  637. Hilary on

    I had a favorite rose – twice, which got stepped on twice. I was a David Austin but I don’t remember the name -it was a gorgeous apricot and grew well in my limited light environment. Now I would love a climber to go across the foundation of my now orange house – maybe something deep and burgundy, multi blooming, that does will with limited sun in this cold New England climate. If I search long enough I’ll find it!

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  638. Karen szewc on

    I love roses…david austin roses…boscobel and olivia rose austin..two of my favs. We have a new ranch that I we are turning into a wedding venue and I cannot wait to landscape around the new barn!

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  639. Melissa Ferrari on

    Crown Prince Margareta has to be my favorite rose, just for its beauty alone. I’ve been wanting to add David Austen roses to my garden and I think 2022 is the year!

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  640. Monica on

    The information on making cuttings was very helpful. Looking forward growing more of these beauties this year.

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  641. Stacey on

    Neptune is a favorite variety that I started growing after going to my very first local rose society meeting. A woman sitting next to me had brought the most extravagantly fragrant rose bouquet – and the roses themselves were breathtaking. I leaned over and whispered “may I ask what kind of roses those are ?” She said “Neptune my dear. I have over 120 bushes.” I was inspired! While I currently only have 3 Neptune rose bushes they are very sentimental and I even used them as my wedding bouquet – ohhhh the smell!

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  642. Davia McNamara on

    I hope to grow any variety or combination of climbing roses. I would love to create a structure in the middle of my flower field for us to be able to sit under and have wonderful family dinners. So much beauty in them!

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  643. Veronica Flores on

    My favorite of late is Crown Princess Margareta – I planted one on an arch at my dad’s house last spring, and it was almost immediately prolific (and that scent!) Definitely love a good fruity peachy yellow rose.

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  644. Roseman Creek Ranch on

    Oh it’s so hard to name just one favorite rose . I think of all my 250 shrubs, ramblers and climbers here, last year my favorite was Golden Celebration a David Austin rose. But right up there is Mme Alfred Carierre, pearle d’0r, Penelope, Erfurt, BuffBeauty. On the coast here, Hybrid Musks and polyantha roses are so great !

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  645. Jen Sacklin on

    My very favorite rose is Lady of Shalott. It’s the most gorgeous salmony-orange color and is a feast for the eyes. I grow Lady of Shalott as a semi-climber partially trained up a pillar in my front yard. I’m hoping to grow Lark Ascending, a similar rose to Lady of Shalott, to fill out the other side of the front yard walkway.

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  646. Greg Tumidanski on

    Back in the ‘90’s … we opened a gift shop in Grayland, Washington … called Rose Cottage. We sold Jackson & Perkins roses along with David Austin roses. The David Austin roses were such a hit ! It was rewarding to share the “new”English style gardening rage with customers . Most customers never heard of an English style rose. Amazed at their style, form, shape, “old world look”… and fragrance ! We introduced the roses to new beginners… and thrilled to share with rose collectors !! One of my favorites back then was David Austin’s rose , Heritage… delicate , definite “old world “ form and pleasingly fragrant … We closed Rose Cottage since … new owners are now working on bringing the old building back to life

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  647. Gerri Bonner on

    I love the English rose, Queen of Sweden is beautiful. I have just started to really get into the different varieties and love it. I love all types of flowers but the rose is the star.

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  648. Johanna M on

    Joseph’s Coat is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I am in zone 4 and mine did not make it. I will need to find a different climbing rose. I love the color changing blooms; hopefully, I can find something similar that is more dependable in my zone.

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  649. Kimberly Zimmer on

    What an incredible read and looking forward to reading more. I grew 10 rose varieties years ago in my first garden and dreamed to grow a climbing rose and the David Austin’s. This is the first year on our farm so our main focus is structures, trees, perennials, peonies and of course roses. Im digging deep
    Into the Floret workshop course and taking time though I admit it is all so exciting to finally after 30 years to be living my dream.

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  650. Mary Vono on

    Thank you for sharing this information. I am very new to growing roses and this is a gift (all 4 articles) to folks like me. I love the rosa rugosa variety for it’s heavenly smell. I do many things, like infusions for friends. Thank you again.

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  651. Heather Prokaski on

    You are such a wealth of knowledge and it is so appreciated!! I’m a fan of the blush and jewel tones. Cupped, fragrant roses add such beauty to a bouquet. I can’t pick a favorite. I am also very intimidated by growing roses and look forward to using these tips!

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  652. Debra Oster on

    I live on a family farm in north central South Dakota. Working as a speech/language pathologist while raising our four children and helping my husband with the cattle and field work kept me so busy that I only had time for a vegetable garden and one small flower bed. Eight years ago, we took a trip to Savannah, Georgia to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. While walking around the city, I noted that although most people’s yards were small, they were planted with exquisite flowers and had charming seating areas. Since my children were grown at that point, I found I had more time on my hands so when I returned home, I went to work. First, I carved out a lovely seating area out of what had once been an overgrown and neglected small patio area behind the house. Then, I went to work using our tractor to haul out trees that were downed from wind storms in the shelter belts that surround our home. The use of tiller created wide flower beds along the perimeter of those tree belts and planting began. Although I have 32 varieties of roses, Love Song is my favorite. Since it is too cold to grow it in the ground here, I have it in a large pot which winters in my garage. Each spring it comes back even better and more full than the following year. The huge, lavender blossoms are simply spectacular. Heirloom Roses is my go to site for ordering roses and my children have ordered roses for gifts from them as well.

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  653. Susan Stevenson on

    Pat Austin, by David Austin, just glows! It stops my guests in their tracks! If they ask the name of a rose, that’s the one! Queen of Sweden is a great vertical rose for blocking the summer heat on the side of the house!

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  654. Jayme on

    An English climbing rose called Constance Spry.

    When I was a kid, my parents bought one to try growing on their garage. It grew well for a few years, but despite being in full sun it never produced flowers. Fed up, my dad decided to cut it down, dig it up, and toss it on the edge of our woods leaving it with one word, “grow.” To his amazement, the next year it produced a spread of flowers!

    The variety of pinks and the smell the flowers produce is absolutely heavenly. But surprisingly, I think my favorite thing about it are the thorns. The long arching stems are covered in thousands of needle like thorns. I’d never seen any other rose with thorns like it and still haven’t. I think had my dad known it was going to survive and thrive in that location, he would have placed it a little further into the woods, because to this day, it loves smacking him in the head when he mows the grass or snagging an unexpected person’s clothing as they walk by. It’s always been my favorite variety because of its stubbornness towards him, its beauty once it finally decided to reveal itself, and its thorny attitude.

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  655. joanne cosh on

    knock out roses.
    I have so much to learn. I’m actually afraid of roses

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  656. Lindsay Rojas on

    I can’t really choose a most favorite, but I do love Poet’s Wife, a David Austin Rose. It’s so fragrant, and there’s just something about the way the pale yellow flowers are held on it, it looks like they are floating in air.

    But I’m gaga for climbing/rambling roses too. It doesn’t take much for me to swoon over a rose, ha!

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  657. Staci Andro on

    I’m so enchanted by Crown Princess Margareta! That apricot-orange is sooo dreamy! I can’t wait to combine it with Honey Dijon and Lichfield Angel!

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  658. Michele Paciunas on

    My favorite rose is a climber, called Don Juan, a beautiful deep red. I was given this as a Christmas present by a dear man I was engaged to. He got it from a greenhouse run by a sweet couple near us, and it had a bloom on it when he gave it to me. He passed a couple years later from cancer but the rose has lived and grown for 25 years, it keeps outgrowing its arbor and getting larger ones. Often the deep reds don’t have much scent but this one has a lovely smell.
    Thank you for your generosity and inspiration!

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  659. Tammie Crouch on

    I have always loved flower gardens, especially roses. One of my very favorite roses is the Eden climber. I live in a historic downtown neighborhood with sidewalks outside my picket fenced front yard where the Eden rose rambles over the fence. It is the variety with soft pink and creamy petals. Many times people passing by will comment on the rise and how lovely it is. I like that it brings happiness to people.

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  660. Julie R. on

    My favorite rose variety is the David Austen Grace rose. My sweet old girl, Gracie, passed away a year ago. She was my beloved chihuahua companion. I buried her in my memory garden and planted the Grace rose over top of her. It is elegant and beautiful just like she was.

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  661. Amber on

    I would love to get started with roses! I love the idea of climbing roses, and would love to get my hands on Grace 😍. I’m loving this rose series!

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  662. Jill Alban on

    Abraham Darby is my favorite as it was the first rose I successfully planted. It has moved with me several times and is still going strong. It is a beacon of resilience and “You got this!” in my garden plus the scent …. Ahhhhh.

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  663. Lynn Metevier on

    I love Alchemist too..its spicy scent gets on you if you touch it and the color is so lovely. I always cut some blooms to bring inside to enjoy.

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  664. ROBIN LENSI on

    My favorite rose is a David Austin rose called Lady of Shalott

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  665. Val Colvin on

    I was gifted 5 rose bushes from a big box store for mother’s day last year… Now I’m hooked! I appreciate your posts to start my education and search.
    Abundant Blessings
    Val Colvin

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  666. Brenda on

    I have plenty of space, and plan on adding roses every year, for as long as I am able. So glad you got to meet, and carry on cuttings of old roses. I think with the pandemic going, I’ve been more focused than ever, on planting and growing. My best performer as far as growth has been Mill on the Floss. Malvern Hills I planted last year to ramble in an area near Vanessa Bell, Charles Darwin, and Munstead Wood, which will be arriving this Spring. A new rose from JP, a climber named Cherry Float, I’m going to trellis that near a bedroom window. My first Dahlia patch will be this year, and my husband says we are ordering kiwi vines also! So it will be an interesting growing season here near Birmingham, Alabama.
    I have over 30 varieties of roses now. My favorite bloom from 2021 is Miss Della Reese, second being Jubilee Celebration. My hope-wish list grows each day. To me, I would be happy to have any rose!!!🌹

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  667. Judith on

    Thank you for your exhilarating history of rose collection and hard work! After my parents’ acreage and home burned a few years ago, I struggled to keep the 100 rose bushes alive but the drought made that impossible! One survived! A tree rose my dad gave to my mom!

    You’ve given me hope that I may still be able to rebuild the garden! Yours looks splendid!

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  668. Jenna Thompson on

    I loved this post about roses, definitely inspired me to plant more!
    I live in Minnesota and we get very cold winters so I am going to try and focus on own root roses.
    Right now my favorite is Tranquility, it blooms all summer for me.

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  669. Katie Stutler on

    I remember my grandmother loving her roses. although I thought the blooms were beautiful, I didn’t understand how you could love such an ugly, scragly plant.

    Fast forward a decade (or two!) when I started growing flowers, learning about David Austin roses and decided to plant a rose garden of my own. I GET IT NOW! So many wonderful varieties. One that surprised me the most was Belinda’s Blush, bred here in Texas at the Antique Rose Emporium. I’m not usually a pale pink gal, but the velvety smooth blooms that fade into the most beutiful cream color AND the healthiest roses in my garden have made these one of my favorites.

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  670. Susan Norcross on

    I love growing roses and get excited with every new bloom! My favorite when it’s at its full, showy best is my Blaze climber!

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  671. Margaret on

    I support your love of Buff Beauty. She wins Miss Photogenic every year.

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  672. Hanna Mosca on

    I don’t have any roses at my house, as I have serious deer pressure here, but this makes me inspired to figure out a way! Port Sunlight is mesmerizing. I also really love Honey Dijon.

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  673. Susan Mottinger on

    I do envy gardeners able to grow so many beautiful roses that my zone 3 garden can’t support. Even so, I have the tough and glorious climber William Baffin returning each spring. This year I will add Therese Bugnet. If she is half as beautiful as William my heart will sing.

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  674. Jamie Schmidt on

    So many favorites! This past year I put David Austin’s the Poet’s Wife on either side of the entrance to my vegetable garden. Such a lovely strong scent, beautiful soft yellow in color. Also, enjoyed my “Campfire” roses.

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  675. Gwyn Lesnikov on

    We have an 1870 Victorian farm house that we are trying to renovate. We have started to construct a “ proper” rose garden if you will call it that. We are looking around for the right wrought iron structures to create this space. So far the James Galway rose is our favorite, because if it’s scent and ability to climb up a brick wall that we are in the process of constructing. This is such an informative blog. I really look forward to learning from it.

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  676. Nancy Threlfall on

    Double Delight is a particular favorite. It was planted in the front yard of a woman who is now my friend. I passed the flower on my way to and from the beach with my young children who are now the age of my grandchildren. I would always stop and take a whiff of the enchanting aroma. I finally purchased my own last year and it serves as as a lovely memory of my friend and my walks to and from the beach.

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  677. Julie Stewart on

    I never thought I would love roses until I planted them at my last house. I thought they were too much maintenance without much return. Boy was I wrong! Those beauties kept going through the heat of the summer and added much needed color to a tired, hot landscape. I’m now convinced roses are the way to go and am excited to try some new varieties. I love any of the English roses and hope to try some climbing as well.

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  678. Olya on

    My favorite is Crown Princess Margaret! Simply stunning!

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  679. Tess on

    I inherited a flock of old roses when we moved into our house, we carefully transplanted them throughout the garden when we redid the landscape. Some we found with old name tags but my favorites are a few orange/pink repeat bloomers that seem to bloom for ages and are so cheerful when I look out over the garden.
    Thanks for sharing all of your rose journey! Its so inspiring ❤️

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  680. Samantha Lipoma on

    My favorite is at the Bellevue Botanical Garden – Rosa ‘Jude The Obscure’ – a lovely light orange rambler. Just gorgeous. I am now on a mission to find one. Thank you for this wonderful blog post.

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  681. Robin on

    My favorite is David Austin- Generous Gardener. The flower and foliage is absolutely perfect.
    Can’t wait for the summer to get here to see it once again! Loved this series- thank you!

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  682. Tammy Petty on

    I am new to growing roses so I don’t have a favorite yet. We bought a 6 acre farm in Georgia that has a couple of rose plants in the back yard that I have just begun clearing out to start creating a small rose garden. I will also be adding roses throughout what will be our berry bush area and our vegetable crop area.

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  683. LAURA L MINER on

    I recently purchased a 20 acre farm and have the dream to transform it from 20 acres of grass hay to a wonderful sanctuary of trees, veggie and flower gardens and of course a rose garden. I’m in my mid 60’s and have had roses at every home I’ve lived in. Now I get the chance to have a big rose garden and am so excited. As to my favorite…..that’s hard. But Sterling Silver has to be near the top of the list. It’s color and fragrance make it ONE of my favorites. Thank You Erin for sharing your love of flowers and making all of us other flower lovers feel like we are not alone!!!

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  684. Ann on

    I am new to roses purchasing several this past year. Living in MN, hardy varieties can be more limited but I am loving a coral climbing rose called American. I hope it winters well!

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  685. Sherri Love on

    I have a rose that was my great grandmothers. I named it Mammaw’s Rose. It is a medium pink and has an intoxicating fragrance and I think it might be a ”Moss Rose” after reading this story and researching these books in your article, I am not sure yet. I think it probably came from her mother that lived in the 1800’s. This rose spreads and is very hardy. I have dug up this rose so many times and given it away to family and friends. This rose came from the southern part of Tennessee. When my gr. grandmother died in 1995 we had just moved into our new house and my grandmother told me to come and start digging up her flowers and I came home with a truck bed full of Mammaw’s flowers and her flowers started my garden. After all these years they come up every year. You can find me in the spring time smelling of these roses.
    My first love with flowers came from my Dad’s mother. Granny always had a greenhouse. We were always in there planting seed and separating ferns. I learned a lot from Granny and I wish she could see my flower garden now, she would love it.
    I am ALWAYS ready for SPRING!!!!!! I want to thank you for all that you do and then you bring it to us to enjoy!!

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  686. Caitlin on

    I have been trying to source the Evelyn rose by David Austin for my garden. Someday! It’s so hard to pick a favorite rose, but koko loko is definitely on my list!

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  687. Stacie on

    Wow that is impressive. I’ve never heard of these varieties. I’m going to look them up. Thank you for introducing them to me.

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  688. Jacquie on

    Love old roses! I would love to plant my fence line that runs along hwy 101 with them, I think that would be beautiful!

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  689. Brenda Payne on

    To be honest, I really don’t know much about growing roses, I know more now about them after reading these posts. I always have admired roses and the beautiful comforting scent they share with the world. Something about the rose just relaxes me. In the last two years, I have purchased four Knockout roses just because they were beautiful and brought joy with their colors of peach and corals and one bright red one. They seem to be doing pretty good too. I live in Michigan so not all varieties thrive here. I will get more this year too.

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  690. Stacie on

    I’m new to growing roses but I have loved growing Koko Loko from Menagerie Flower Farm. I love how the color changes ending with a beautiful taupe color. Each bloom is story worth watching. I also love the David Austin varieties that are similar in style to peonies – Heritage, Queen of Sweden, and Wollerton Old Hall. I wish Wollerton Old Hall came as a shrub. I don’t really have a place for a climbing rose. Thanks for all the great resources for purchasing roses.

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  691. Stephanie on

    Jude the Obscure is one of my favorite David Austin roses. The peachy color is beautiful and the scent is amazing.

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  692. Beth VanBoxtel on

    I have 160 roses in San Diego, and my favorite roses are the painters series from Delbard. I have Claude Monet, Maurice Utrillo, Alfred Sisley, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall. About 100 of my roses are rare that I’ve collected from rose auctions in San Diego and LA. There’s a very strong community of rare rose collectors here.

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  693. Tristin Rieken on

    English roses were one of the very first things I started planting on my teeeny tiny square of land in Glenhaven when I bought my first home 20 + years ago as well. I was actually planting one when my husband surprised me by popping the question and I had to remove my dirt covered garden glove in order to slip the ring on my finger. We recently sold the ‘starter home’ after 20 years of me filling every little corner with all the interesting plant varieties I could find over the years. Leaving those plants (and the area) was so hard on me even though the recent move was a good one and I now have 5 acres of gorgeous very-garden-friendly land to play with. Although the opportunities are endless I still get sentimental about my tiny overflowing garden of my ‘first home’. I did dig up some of my roses in hopes that they could thrive in the new space but I have yet to see if my favorite David Austin rose will make it. I believe it’s the Claire Austin rose but it could be a different variety that they no longer offer – white, ruffled super fragrant english rose with lots of thorns but the fragrance and beauty is heavenly.

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  694. Megan on

    Crépuscule by Heirloom Roses. It’s delicate and romantic but fire too. I love how dynamic it is to grow. Add it’s fragrance and the fact it’s thornless…such a gem!

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  695. Mary Pursley on

    David Austin roses are my all time favorite! The fragrance from my “Jude the Obscure” is divine!!!

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  696. lisa f on

    These are so fun to read Erin! I’m so invested in your garden now and can’t wait to see the progress. I’m new to rose growing and also dream of having a space I can plant more of them. Right now I have one rose cutting that I’m growing in a pot it was cut from a neighbors plant that I absolutely loved the aroma of them, and their light lavender color. I don’t even know the name! It’s my third attempt at propagating a cutting and she’s doing wonderfully :)

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  697. Shannon KH on

    My favorite variety that I know the name of is Lady of Shallot, a David Austin rose. It’s gorgeous and does fine in Dallas heat. My favorite rose I don’t know the name of had white petals with a hint of pink, and went from a stick my mom planted into a huge bush, I remember it as overnight, but I was little ;) Roses were unusual in Corpus Christi, it’s extremely humid and windy, so it remains magic to me.

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  698. Molly Stowers on

    Looking forward to a Claire Austin climbing an obelisk this next summer!

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  699. Kimberly Tarrant-Dugan on

    I love roses…. haven’t met one I didn’t love yet! My favorite is the Don Juan climber because my mother grew that one. The deep red is just gorgeous. I will be retiring this year and we are downsizing however the new home has wonderful full son and I have plans to fill the yard with roses. I know the soul is going to need amending however I will finally have t hff e time to do the garden I want.

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  700. Sarah on

    Charles Darwin by David Austin! The scent of these are divine! And the cheerful yellow makes me so happy!

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  701. Jennifer Monke on

    Hard to choose a favorite rose, but my most favorite for memory sake would be Mr. Lincoln. Not fancy or romantic like the DA roses, but it was a rose that my Dad babied through our Midwest winters. Showed me a glimmer of Dad’s softer side that he rarely let many see. No matter how many other roses I collect through the years, that particular rose always has a place of honor in my gardens.

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  702. alison e. wood on

    i moved into a home with established yellow climbing golden showers which has a delightful smell and year long blooms!! also a yet unidentified beautiful magenta rose. both were overgrown and eaten by deer. we’ve since added a fence and i’ve been working hard to prune and build up the beds for healthy plants. i’m so close to having my little yard ready for more rose focal points around the garden! thanks for all you share to allow me to build my own little paradise 💕

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  703. Kathleen Koehrsen on

    These have all been great to read – thank you! Queen of Sweden was the first I put into a pot and she’s done so well that I bought new new varieties of roses last year … a new love and focus for me in very limited space. The color and bloom brightens my day.

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  704. Becky Culbertson on

    My favorite rose is Golden Celebration, because it glows like it is lit from within. Glorious! I also love my Jude the Obscure and Desdemona. I would also like to have Lady Emma Hamilton, (I think that’s the name), and something ivory, like Claire Austin, Wollerton Old Hall or Windermere.

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  705. Jane Powell on

    I ordered my first David Austin roses last year and was sent an email last Spring that they weren’t of the quality they expect, so I didn’t receive them. So I ordered 3 more for this coming Spring! I’m expecting 6 David Austin roses this Spring and I can’t wait! Now my biggest decision is where to put them…I have quite a few options, but will have it figured out before they arrive 😊. I’m zone 4, so my options are a little more limited, but I can still grow roses!

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  706. Sheri Kandler on

    I’m completely in love with roses! The smell, the colors, all of the petals…..everything a rose is makes me happy! Picking a favorite would be too difficult, but right up there has to be Graham Thomas, a David Austin climbing yellow rose with the most incredible smell. My wish list is long, but I’d love to get my hands on Poseidon rose, as well as the piano roses from Tantau ( have only seen these available at Palatine Roses and sold out super fast).

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  707. Marion Barnes on

    Thank you, Floret, for this writing. I have rose envy and that is ok. You have infused your readers with knowledge and a torrent of gorgeous memories. My mother had a lovely rose garden with the most beautiful shell pink delicate rose surrounded by a small multi bloom rose of orange red. In the garden were edges of pale pink astilbe all held in by a magnificent rock cliff of SF oft gray with cut out pockets of wonderful things taking root – little chicks. In the dining room my mother mixed these three flowers together in a silver wine cooler. My color palette of red and pink started early thanks to a gardeners love of flowers and color. I have deer issues but recently taken to roses in containers which I love. My next wish is to invite Queen of Sweden here in CT for the summer. You and Anne have inspired me and all. Thank you for your shares. Marion

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  708. Virginia Daugherty on

    We are only just starting with roses, but I love love Lady of Shallot.
    Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge ❤️

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  709. June Endersen on

    I just moved to a new house with very shady yards. I ordered an Olivia Rose Austin to try in a container. I hope it does well so I can try other varieties. I have always loved the Brandy rose.

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  710. Anita Scheftner on

    My favorite nursery is Christiansons also! Last year I dropped off my Mom to The Farmhouse for a once a year get together of the graduating class of ‘45? ‘46? Of Conway? (I’ll have to look it up) She was 92..she recently went home last December. I dropped her off and had 2 hours to myself to wander the nursery and came across their Evelyn rose by the old schoolhouse. I was enchanted! First of all, the grounds are spectacular when the roses are blooming, but my youngest grand girl’s name is Evelynn. A pretty pale pink rose. So currently, that’s my fave! My maiden name is Rose also, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the flower. I’ve never grown a rose and I’m inheriting my Moms cottage so I’d love to dive into this! Thank you Floret for your venture! Onto reading part 4 🌸

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  711. Amanda S Wallace on

    My favorite rose, planted under a Lios Magnolia tree as a memorial for my grandmother, is the cabbage bloom Earth Angel.

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  712. Mary Schlotter on

    I just planted three David Austen roses last Spring. When I bought my house (37 years ago) there was a beautiful pale pink climbing rose that I still have to this day. This Spring I hope to add a few more rose varieties a David Austen Queen of Sweden and a floribunda named Annabelle in memory of my mom who just passed.

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  713. Jessica Antonyuk on

    My favorite rose that I’ve grown so far is David Austin’s “Alexandra of Kent” not only because the blooms are prolific and romantic, but because my first flower friend sent them to me as a “I believe in your flower endeavor” gift. I cherish that rose bush the most. 🥰

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  714. Ali Davies on

    Sarcee Bussell is one of my favorites. It has such a beautiful color, and looks so romantic — just can’t get enough!

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  715. Brea K on

    I love the climbing roses, especially when they cascade over a fence. I would have to say my favorite is Zephirine Drouhin. It’s a very vibrant pink color. It’s so pretty around a white picket fence :)

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  716. Susan Baxter on

    The first and favorite rose planted in my small suburban yard is sombreuil. Evenings delight with the glow of the blooms covering my fence.

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  717. Bre on

    Each year I add one or two varieties of roses to my garden. Without a doubt, my favorite so far is Lady of Shallot. She blooms continuously, is the healthiest rose I have, and the color is undeniably gorgeous.
    My goal is to create a little sanctuary or area with a bistro table and chairs, to be surrounded by specialty roses. In my head, they are climbing the arbors as you enter the space, and forming pathways to lead you to a little haven of an escape.
    I’m looking forward to that day!

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  718. Keressa on

    I would love to grow some of the French Lace Roses in my garden this year! They’re gorgeous and would be such a pretty addition to my floral arrangements. Thank you for this series! Have really enjoyed reading them ❤

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  719. Aimee Lascola on

    My favorite roses are David Austin varieties. I really hope to find and grow a Munstead Wood this year. I don’t have anything in the garden currently in that dark of a shade, but I love a moody color scheme!

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  720. Lilia Zaharris on

    I have always loved the Peace rose. I just love how fragrant it is and the colors! I would like to add Ebb Tide, that dark purple is so beautiful!

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  721. Belinda on

    I just bought first rose this last summer from heirloom roses. It is called jasmine and is a climbing rose I fell in love with at the St. Louis botanical garden when we were there. I can’t wait to add more beauties to the garden

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  722. Christina Allen on

    I have about 10 David Austin roses in my small garden. I absolutely love them. This year though, I am planning to plant a rambling rose on a newly installed section of fence. Can’t wait.

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  723. Allie J on

    The only rise I have (and this my favorite) is David Austen, generous gardener. Planted to climb up a pergola my husband built. Can’t wait to see it do its thing!

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  724. Alyssa Tomsheck on

    I’m hoping to grow lady of shallot and alchemist this year on archways in the entrances to my garden! Thanks for posting this series, it’s truly a blessing to get to read through!

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  725. Leah on

    I’d love to plant Viking Queen this year. Thank you for the list of nurseries! I will definitely be looking up the one nearest me.

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  726. Katie Stapleton on

    This blog post series has been my favorite 🤍 My favorite rose variety that I’m currently growing is the David Austin St. Swithun. They smell incredible, have a gorgeous presentation over the entrance of our cut flower garden, & present so well in a bouquet!

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  727. Stephanie on

    I love old roses and recently tried growing Roald Dahl, a David Austin rose. ( My first attempt at rose growing). I didn’t pay much attention to it the first year, and it was devoured by Japanese beetles!
    The second year I noticed lots of “stuff” on the leaves. I sent a picture to Penn State Extension and found out it was poop from sawflies. Never even heard of sawflies.
    This year, I took great care and was very observant all along the way and had beautiful roses. I love this rose and have decided to try some more varieties. I think in my 6b zone, I need to be diligent during the growing season but it really pays off with gorgeous roses.

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  728. Cathy Berger on

    I love the Queen of Sweden rose from David Austin roses, I am on the lookout for roses for a zone 4 garden in upstate NY. I appreciate all the information you share. Thank you!

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  729. Cherie on

    I was not a gardener until the pandemic hit that confined us to our home most of the time in the last two And half years! Gardening saved my sanity and provided a heaven on earth. I fall in love with mostly fragrant rose varieties with cabbage or globe shapes. Abraham Darby, Princess Charlene De Monaco, Strawberry Hills and Freedom of Spirit are my favorites in my Pandemic-induced garden. I have always dreamed about a garden filled with beautiful flowers but never had a time and space to do it due to work, life and everything in between. It’s a blessing and curse that it took a tragic event to force us to focus more on our Happiness and wellbeing.

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  730. Olivia Veronesi on

    I love Gentle Hermoine!! She is currently sold out so I hope to some day grow her in my garden! I am brand new to roses. I just ordered my first one Jude the Obscure. I really love the apricot peach colored roses as well as ballerina pink. Julia Child is also another one on my list. I work on a flower farm, and every morning, the crew and I would walk past the roses and take a hufe whiff of them! the scents really give such a burst of happiness and energy.

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  731. Annaleise Wagenbach on

    What a treat it has been to read through this series. Thank you for sharing your journey and tips. I thoroughly enjoy roses and look forward to growing more of them. I love the rose Wildeve, the full bloom, the color, and the repeat blooms have me very excited to try.

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  732. Carissa on

    I’d love to grow any kind of heirloom roses! Would they grow well in zone 4b?
    My only experience with roses is a plant we got for my moms garden for Mother’s Day and it never really thrived, just limped on for a few years.

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  733. Marlene Sievers on

    I’ve been stalking you, and admiring your work for years. I was sad when my daughter, who inherited my love of gardening, left the Midwest and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I about lost my mind with delight when I learned that their new acreage is just down the road from Floret!
    I loved this rose series. It was such a gift to receive in the middle of January when there is no sign of plant life in my gardens. I learned so much about roses in this series. Thank you!
    My favorite rose is the David Austin Mary rose. I salvaged a couple of sections of old picket fence to make a back drop for my Cottage Garden and not knowing a thing about roses, plopped several of these shrub roses in front of it. With out much effort on my part, they thrived and soon became large, flouncy shrubs covered in the most beautiful fluffy pink blooms. They nearly hide the shabby-chic fence and re-bloom with 3-4 flushes every summer. They are not only show stoppers in my Cottage Garden but add to beautiful bouquets all summer long.

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  734. Miho Yoshimura on

    There is a special rose that grows in my garden that is actually a mystery rose that my mom grew from a cutting and we named it after our dog Hana after she passed away. We call it the Rambling Hana and it puts out such an amazing single bloom cycle that lasts from spring to early summer with heavy clusters of these dark pink stained petals and lovely soft, rose perfume The origins of the mother plant also complicate i.d.ing the variety, but I think makes it ever more one of my favorites. My mom admired this rose growing in a friend’s yard, but she says that it’s blooms were all yellow. The friend brought the plant to the U.S. as a souvenir when he emmigrated from Italy many decades ago (don’tell U.S. Customs!), but he says that he doesn’t know the name either. Just that it grows in his hometown and that he also wore a bloom on his jacket when he left Italy. This is the rose I am most eager to see bloom again each new season.

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  735. Katie Schoendube on

    I don’t think I have a favorite rose. I love each and every rose I come across! Every smell, every shape, every color!

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  736. Lauralee Harding on

    Dear Erin, what a beautiful inspiring story! I have loved roses my entire life because my mother used to grow them. My favorite of her roses was Double Delight. My desire is to prepare a memorial garden and to plant 19 heirloom roses in a spot where they will flourish and grow in honor of the 19 babies that I have lost through failed fertility treatments over several years. I thought that would be a beautiful yearly reminder of the babies that are waiting for me in heaven. But my four most gorgeous roses are the four children God has given me. Precious and priceless in every conceivable way. Thank you for inspiring me with your beautiful stories! You are a treasure.

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  737. Susan Cramer on

    This summer I planted Zéphirine Drouhin on a trellis!

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  738. Lyndsey Thiessen on

    My favorite rose is a David Austin rose, Lady of Shalott. The color makes me happy and the name is dreamy. David Austin roses are what changed my opinion of roses. I didn’t like store bought roses or the bouquet of a dozen roses you think of in romances. Now I know there are other kinds! love roses now.

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  739. Amelia on

    We planted our Neil Diamond roses in honor of our multiple graduating daughters to celebrate their school colors. Somehow planting a few roses turned into taking over our 2 acres and transforming them into cut flowers gardens. We had many of our roses take out by a spring snow storm so we are now trying to rebuild our rose garden. Thanks for sharing resources and knowledge!

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  740. Susan Oxley on

    My grandmother loved yellow roses. I don’t have a lot of space, but I would love to grow at least one type of old, very fragrant rose in my Wisconsin garden.

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  741. Margaret on

    My favorite old rose is CONSTANCE SPRY. It blooms once a year but the bloom and fragrance is wonderful! It has a strong myrrh fragrance, is soft pink and it is an old David Austin shrub rose. It is quite hardy and grows vigorously near my fence. I live in zone 6b.

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  742. Elena on

    I’m such a rose fan that I went one June to the UK and visited Morrisfont Abbey, where the British National Collection of Old Roses grows. An amazing experience. My favorite rose is the striped Bourbon ‘Honorine de Brabant’; my favorite rose that I have grown is the hybrid perpetual ‘Reine des Violette.’

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  743. Brooke on

    I really like the Variegata Di Bologna rose. I had one at my last place and I want to replace it.

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  744. kayla on

    i’ve not grown roses before, but i ordered some scarborough fair roses from david austin for a spot that’s a bit shadier than the rest of my garden :)

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  745. Lisa on

    I really love the Winter Sunset rose. It’s beautiful and romantic in coloring, and is cold hardy which is perfect for my NH garden.

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  746. Megan on

    I’m in growing zone 3b, which seriously limits my rose options, so I’m always looking for varieties that can handle our weather. I’d love to find Stanwell Perpetual, which Heirloom Roses carries at times! Thank you for this well-timed series – it’s been -20° here for weeks and between the seed sale and these posts I’m starting to dream of Spring (or what we call “second winter” here).

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  747. Kelly Ferguson on

    Joseph’s Coat! I’ve tried to get my hands on one for years. I love the idea that one plant can produce an abundance of blooms in a variety of colors.

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  748. Sharon Kegerreis on

    I love my pretty-in-pink Our Lady of Guadalupe, which I planted in memory of my father after he passed. He always had a small rose garden with these pretty ever-blooming roses. Late spring to summer throughout my youth, he brought the smell of roses into the kitchen. His mother Rose passed away at age 60 and I believe he always had roses growing in her memory. As a fourth-generation Rose, I passed the family name to my youngest. For fun, I planted cheery bright yellow Molineux. My dad called my youngest “The Yellow Rose of Chelsea” since she was born. When she was about 12 (now 17), I found out that he called her that because she had jaundice as a baby. We had a great laugh over his nickname for her; he had quite the sense of humor. My Molineux is a sunny beacon in the gardens and a favorite to clip and bring in the house.

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  749. Teresa Eutsler on

    I love all roses! From modern landscape roses to David Austin varieties, they are all so beautiful. I am growing David Austin Winchester Cathedral, Carding Mill and Princess Alexandra of Kent, but one of my favorite roses is the Star rose hybrid tea Apricot Candy. This rose seems to be in constant bloom, providing lots of roses for cutting and handles my humid and hot summer zone 7b garden beautifully. It’s also my favorite peachy, salmon, apricot color! Another old favorite is climbing Aloha! I’ve been growing this rose for over 20 years and when we moved to another home and I had to leave my established 30 year old garden my dear husband surprised me with 2 of these roses to have for my new garden! They have such a wonderful fragrance and beautiful pink ruffled blooms! Happy gardening to all!

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  750. Jonathan on

    Thanks for the inspiration! While we currently are not growing roses we would love to try it this year. Time to find more space on our 1/2 acre?! Teasing Georgia sounds like a fine pick for a South Carolinian.

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  751. Julie Eastman on

    Our pale pink ever blooming shrub roses are like dessert to the Japanese Beatles! We are looking to buy cold tolerant, pest resistant shrub roses for our front hedge. We’ve been trying to grow this hedge for the past 4-5 years and I think we’re getting closer to success. I would like to add more fragrance to the garden as well.Our favorite shrub rose is Windsor from our local nursery Bachman’s flowers in Mn.

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  752. Susan Loweke on

    I haven’t grown roses before but would love to plant the gorgeous rose Abraham Darby. My front yard is small and when we bought our property it was covered in landscape fabric and mulch with a few small trees and shrubs. I have spent the last 2 years adding perennials and annuals to add some color and interest. I think several fragrant roses would be a great addition. Most of my neighbors have expansive lawns with small areas of flowers and shrubs but they love seeing what is happening in our garden. Perhaps, they will add more flowers to their yards as well.

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  753. Mary Lurgio on

    I am new to roses and tried 2 this past year -David Austin “Tranquility” and a Pope John Paul II. I was very excited about the number of blooms for first year potted roses. Both so beautiful and fragrant! They each had significant growth and I can’t wait for this year’s blooms.

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  754. Maureen on

    I have limited rose experience I have an old climbing pink rose that run wild over my stone wall…I love old varieties with their wonderful scent and their not perfect perfection.

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  755. Elizabeth Hickman on

    I love David Austin roses. I started out two years ago trying roses for the first time after reading your cut flower gardening book. Then I added several more last year and am adding even more this year. My favorites this year were Sally Holmes, Windemere, and Crocus Rose. I ordered Teasing Georgia and Abraham Darby this year and am looking forward to seeing them perform.

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  756. Morgan Dinecola on

    I am new to roses but I have enjoyed my Impressionist Rose and Jude the Obscure this year.

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  757. Liisa on

    Growing up in Washington state, my mother had a large rose garden. I remember walking along the mossy paths taking in all of the beauty and fragrance. After my husband and I relocated to New England, I was heartbroken to find that Vermont is far from ideal when it comes to growing roses. I tried several varieties only to find that after a few growing seasons I was left with a puny shrub that would spit out a few blooms. A few years ago I purchased a hoop house and decided to try growing a few roses in it. And, I was super happy to find that they are doing very well in there. One of the first varieties I planted was Princess Charlene de Monaco, and last year she grew to 7 feet tall and churned out loads of flowers. So far, she remains my favorite, closely followed by Frances Meilland, Mother of Pearl, and Abraham Darby. I also planted Moonlight in Paris and Caramella last year, so I am excited to see them bloom this coming growing season. Happy New Year to you and all of Team Floret!

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  758. Kristen Heafield on

    Oh this is a post after my own heart! At the beginning of my flowering journey I bought a few rose bushes(some from Heirloom Roses amazing stock). Once they bloomed it made my soul so happy! The scent is intoxicating and they have become my favorite flower. I have dedicated a spot and am also growing my rose garden. One of my favorite performers is Teasing Georgia. It is a beautiful yellow climber. They are a strong climber for me and are wonderfully scented.

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  759. Mary Lou Skillin on

    I have a small, but growing, rose collection. My favorite is The Poet’s Wife, a David Austin beauty.

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  760. Rebecca Moake on

    The two roses I cherish most in my garden are Welcome Home and Royal Welcome. I planted Welcome Home in 2015 when my son was born, and it has now made two moves with me. Royal Welcome was planted in 2017 with the birth of my daughter. Both kids take a lot of pride in their blooms and love it when their rose is showcased on the center of the dining room table. The rose with the blooms and fragrance I could not imagine my garden without is Jude the Obscure.

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  761. Erin Riley on

    My favorite rose is Sweet Juliet, which I purchased at Heirloom Roses nearly 30 years ago. It has survived frosts and droughts, and provides beautiful, delicate, fragrant blooms each spring.

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  762. Jenny Collins on

    One of my favorites is called Betty Boop that I planted about 17 years ago. The color is beautiful and it is covered in flowers all summer.

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  763. Sarah Wood on

    Last winter I embarked on a tiny rose saving mission. A house that was having siding work done was ripping out a dozen roses. Some hybrid teas, grandifloras, a climber called Betty boop, a Cecil Bruner, a lovely yellow David Austin looking one … my favorite of the bunch is a deep purple, maybe ebb tide. We bare rooted them all and planted them out in compost rich nursery beds to see if we can determine what they are with a plan of distributing them amidst our front hedgerow and borders.

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  764. Nancy Anecito on

    I am looking to buy a Sombreuil climber on own root. I had one in my first house bought at Roses of Yesterday and Today which is now out of business. Heirloom doesn’t carry it but maybe ARE. The fragrance fills the yard and it is very old… 1880 I believe. Thank you for sharing your rose journey this far. You are blessed and I wish you many more years of flowers to rest your eyes upon.

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  765. Carly Molino on

    I got the Roald Dahl, Lichfield Angel, and Scepter’d Isle bareroot roses from David Austin last year and then had to move shortly after for my husband’s job. Heartbroken to have not seen them reach their potential and looking forward to planting some new roses in our new home here in CA.

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  766. Julia Sullivan on

    I’m new to roses but I’m waiting on an order from David Austin Roses and I think the one I’m most excited for is Wollerton Old Hall.

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  767. Elizabeth Wright on

    I’ve been meaning to get an Abraham Darby but I keep ending up with something else! Roses are my favorite; thanks for posting this most exciting and inspiring series!

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  768. Sarah Allen on

    My favorite rose variety to grow so far is Lady Of Shallot! It produces consistent beautifully packed petal roses, & are very hardy and disease resistant in my southern Arizona location! I love that as the rose starts out they are a darker coral/pink color and then just before the petals fall off, it is a light cream with a coral/pink tint. All of the different stages of the roses life are full of colors that fall everywhere in between, making the prolific bush a full array of shades on the coral/pink/peach palate! I’ve got around 60 rose bushes of many different varieties and can’t wait to try more every year! I planted my first rose bush on this property about 6 years ago.

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  769. Danielle Gibbs on

    I tried propagating cuttings a couple years ago. We were trying to save money and YouTube gave me some tips. It worked! I took several cuttings from ladies around the neighborhood and in the end, I had 10 rose bushes!! I am pretty new to growing anything but i am having fun! I ordered Jude the Obscure last fall. My first order. I am so excited to see the blooms! I would love to buy them all! But I love the idea of a climber. Eden climber looks beautiful.

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  770. Kendra Childress on

    I currently have Joan Fontaine in my cart to purchase! And I can’t get just one so I’m browsing through to find another that I can’t live without.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I can’t wait to start my own rose garden! This series has taken me back to my roots…to the days spent watching my Grandmother tend to her roses.

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  771. Laura Nicoletti on

    So hard to choose! While I love roses with strong scents, one of my favorites is Hot Cocoa rose, the color is stunning and so hard to describe.

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  772. Joanne FM Johnson on

    My father immigrated from Holland in the sixties and spent time budding roses in England. We share a love of roses but living in Minnesota (zone 4b) I had thought there weren’t many roses we could grow successfully. Dr. Griffith Buck developed roses that could live unprotected in Iowa and many are zone 4 hardy. I would love to grow some of his creations!

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  773. Shawn Carlson on

    I would love to plant the rose Queen of Sweden for its delicate pink petals and fragrance.

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  774. Susanne on

    I LOVE the old fashioned cabbage style roses with intense fragrance! I dream of a rose garden someday filled with these beauties. I have always wanted a Cecil Brunner because my mom has talked so much of her memories of her grandpa putting a Cecil Brunner bud in his jacket button hole whenever it was in bloom.
    I also have wanted to grow Damask roses for their aromatic and medicinal properties as well as their beauty.

    I have tired propagating rose cuttings but never have been successful.

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  775. Marisa on

    I hope to add roses to my landscape for the first time this season- I’ve fallen for distant drums!

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  776. Renée Fisher on

    I use to manage a great little organic garden shop in Dallas, Texas that was located in an old gas station. We had a deep inventory of old roses for sale but only had room on the tiny property to plant just one rose. It was Mutablis, the beautiful “butterfly” rose with blossoms that open yellow, changing to pink and finally turning crimson. It sprawled as high and wide as we could allow it, and while it was blooming we could not keep enough of them in stock. It will forever be my favorite!

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  777. Gail Ditmore on

    Erin…where did you get those amazing obelisks?

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  778. Kirsten Norstad on

    When I was a girl, I wanted to walk by myself to school, and I did. My parents were surprised that their little Kindergartener didn’t want their help getting me to school. They let me be. Along the walk home, I would stop all along the way to pick flowers and lemons for my mom and teacher. As I slowly made my way home through the Redwood stands growing out into the streets, there was and still is to this day, a Cecile Brunner rose hanging over our neighbor’s fence. It was the most serene scent on such an unassuming small flower. I stopped to take in it’s fragrance, sweet little petals and color every time I walked by. Where I live now with my husband there are several Cecile Brunner roses covering our front entrance. There is no doubt that the darkness of depression has stolen years off of me over time. Come March when it begins to bud and bloom in April, the scent brings me right back to the most optimistic time, a time of pure freedom.

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  779. Miriam Schwartz on

    Abraham Darby, Darlow’s Enigma, Cecile Bruner….it’s hard to pick a favorite! Heirloom does have great roses and does a great job of shipping them.

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  780. Mary Darling on

    Hard to pick my favorite rose, but one I love for it’s unusual-colored blooms, good health and hardiness is Hot Cocoa. It even survived being dug up and transplanted at the worst possible time. After a few months of shock and leaf loss, it resurrected and is beautiful as ever.

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  781. Melanie Johns on

    I just moved into a new home with several rose bushes and I can’t wait to see how they bloom! I’m also waiting on 2 varieties from DA- Alnwick and Lady Emma Hamilton. I can’t wait to find spots for them!

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  782. Shawna Daley on

    Love learning from you! I have a lot to learn and need space to commit to roses, but I’ve got my eye on French Lace

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  783. Kjerstine Vachter on

    I have and love Octoberfest from Heirloom! I was also gifted Koko Loco from Heirloom this year for Christmas from my husband. I can’t wait to get her in the ground and watch her flourish!

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  784. Janet K on

    One of my favorites is my Pope John Paul 2 roses. I’ve planted others, but didn’t have luck in one location. This year I plan to add David Austin’s Evelyn.

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  785. Becky Herman on

    I’m torn between Boscobel and Abraham Darby at the moment.. both are outstanding in my zone 4 garden!

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  786. Erica Sherlock on

    My favorite rose is currently Classic Woman or also known as Cream Yves Piaget. I have also had an obsession with roses and hope to create a lasting legacy in my garden ❤️

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  787. Taylor on

    I just picked up a new variety last summer called Ring of Fire. It has bright orange blooms with a lovely fragrance and bloomed all the way until Thanksgiving!

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  788. Sara Meagher on

    I am loving their heirloom section on their site – some that look especially great are Wollerton Old Hall, Grace, Penny Lane, Gentle Hermione, the Shepherdess- the list goes on!

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  789. Monae Guercio on

    My rosebush named Julio. It smells amazing, and the fuchsia stripes on white petals is striking. And all yellow species roses. They also have a beautiful perfume.

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  790. Eva Carpenter on

    I have a two acre flower farm in Northern California and I really want to add some cutting roses. I love old roses and I think own root sounds like it would be best for my climate. A range of colors is my ultimate goal, but Grace, Ginger Syllabub,, Teasing Georgia, and Wollerton Old Hall. Any of these would do! There is so many beautiful roses how do you choose just a few? And they are so expensive. For a small farm like me it’s really hard to make the investment. But little by little, someday maybe I can collect some beauty that will inspire someone to love flowers as much as I do!!

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  791. Caitlin E on

    I saw the the workshop video the “Julia Child” yellow rose. That would be wonderful <3

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  792. Rochelle on

    And once more I am amazed by the variety of roses that I have never seen until now. I would say my favorite rose at this moment would have to be Grace.

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  793. Caitlin Pruneda on

    I have just recently started gardening and planted my first rose bushes last summer. I planted Life of the Party (a fragrant yellow rose that as it ages turns pink), and Cinco de Mayo. My daughter was born on Cinco de Mayo and so I was drawn to it for the name. I picked them up at my local nursery. I’m excited to plant more this year and create a space where my daughters and I can learn and grow amongst the garden. Right now, I have my eyes on Earth Angel which is a Floribunda Rose. I love how similar it looks to peonies while having a continual bloom and the fragrance sounds amazing!

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  794. Darby Treat on

    One of my favorite roses is Francis Meilland. Its such a vigorous grower here in the hot, humid south and performs well in the summer when other roses may struggle. Its color and scent are unmatched. A close second is koko loko.

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  795. Mary Katherine Carroll on

    My grandmother was a rose lover. I started a rose garden this year in her honor. She suffered an abusive childhood, lost her husband ( my granddad) to Polio after he returned from the war, and struggled with bi-polar disorder through her life. Roses brought her joy and she always tried to bring joy to others by sharing her beautiful roses. I’d like to do the same in her memory. I am most excited about sunset celebration which is a modern bush rose. Thank you for sharing your rose story. I have always been told roses are too difficult to grow in the South, especially organically, but I’m going to try.

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  796. Valerie Iftikhar on

    We’ve lived in our home for only 6 years, but there is a red rose bush on our property that must be decades old that has the most beautiful strong smelling red roses. The first bloom of the year it pumps out long stem single blooms that are just amazing. I bought rooting powder to give taking cuttings a try, as my father in law is also so enamored with the bush, in hopes I can propagate some new plants. I wish I knew what variety this was, maybe someone has an idea? (I also feel like every home or garden needs a Cecile Brunner, its scent on the air, along with that of jasmine, is how we know it’s spring.)

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  797. Megan Wilson on

    Lark Ascending – gorgeous color, and I love the rose hips it produces!

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  798. Michelle on

    My favorite rose is Honey Dijon! The color is so mystic and reminiscent. I love how it can be paired with soft canary yellow or soft pink flowers to make beautiful bouquets. I am only growing a few types of roses this year, but I cannot wait to expand my collection!

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  799. Jaime K Smith on

    It’s been awhile since I tried to grow roses, but looking at the Heirloom Roses website. there are so many amazing ones to choose from! Love & Peace looks like an amazing beauty to try. There are so many spectacular ones though.

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  800. Lindsay Matthews on

    I have loved roses all my life, but have found them difficult to grow in Colorado. Would love to find a cutting flower and rambling variety that I could grow here
    Thank you for sharing

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  801. Joanne on

    I love seeing that roses are close to your heart. One of my favorites is David Austin’s Pat Austin, named for his wife. As ever, thanks so kindly for all you do for us and for the flowers.

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  802. Emily Harper on

    We have some beautiful yellow and orange wild roses that grow around our property in Northern New Mexico. I want to clean up the area they grow in and encourage them around the perimeter of our property. In the garden I haven’t decided what to grow yet! Something hearty to stand the heat we get. Hot Tamale is looking good, but whatever kinds have the best chance of success in the high desert. <3 Emily

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  803. Michaela Weidinger on

    I recently purchased two roses from David Austin Roses, and I am so excited! I’ve never grown roses before but when I saw them, they were too gorgeous to pass up! I bought the Crown Princess Margareta and Eustacia Vye.

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  804. Charlene Scott on

    Our dear friend John Starnes introduced us to the world of roses – a flower that I previously wasn’t too impressed with due to the mass flower industry’s overuse of the red rose. Oddly enough, the rose we first managed to grow by a cutting is a red rose – Cramoisi Superieur – one that we got a cutting from in our neighborhood off a plant probably 15 ft in circumference. We only have this one and a Pink Cracker rose bred by John (who passed away in 2018) in our yard, but I’d love to add more roses to my life and have them to take up to New Hampshire on our 33 acres there.

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  805. Sarah Raber on

    I truly love David Austin roses…any color! Their old world look just takes me to a place of days gone by. I love to imagine the lives of those people from a former era walking through their lovely, romantic gardens and enjoying the scent of sweet flowers. Im a bit of an old soul and romantic so David Austins really speak to me.

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  806. Regina Klitgaard on

    The David Austin are so mysterious and ancestral they speak to one’s heart!

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  807. Dana Legereit on

    This is so exciting. I love any rose that looks like an English Cabbage Rose. My husband helped me put together a huge Rose Garden this past fall. Hoping to fill it in the spring. My Favorites begin with: Earth Angel Rose, David Austin Rose Peach, Rosa”Constance Spry” David Austin, and Last but not least the Plum Perfect Rose. I have started 4 climbing roses this past fall. I would love a good resourse to order roses from. Our area does not get in lovely roses. Lowes only has knock outs and I am wanted gorgeous roses.

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  808. Sarah Reily on

    I was thrilled to see your rose post on the blog today!
    Last year I added ‘Double Delight’ for nostalgia. The rose was a fixture in my parents’ garden in the 80’s. I texted my Dad pictures of every bloom and introduced it’s amazing fragrance to my kids. I added ‘Distant Drums’ and ‘Koko Loco’ last Spring. I was blown away by their first-year blooms and coloring.
    This season I am planning space for the English shrub rose ‘Vanessa Bell’ and the Grandiflora ‘Honey Dijon’. After reading your post I am eager to make room for ‘Buff Beauty’ and ‘Pearlie Mae’.
    Keep us posted on your cutting garden! We can’t wait to see those arbors covered in blooms!

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  809. Suzanne on

    Love David Austin- Olivia Rose – grows beautifully in the Southern heat & humidity!

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  810. Christi Baker on

    Thank you Erin for the invaluable Rose story, it is a great read and resource! I enjoy floral designing and growing flowers for my arrangements. Last year, I bought a variety of seeds from you to expand my flower cutting garden. I would love to add the Dark Night Rose to my garden for its unique, beautiful, large blooms of reddish-black with a creamy yellow center.

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  811. Vanessa on

    I love Cecile Brunner but I haven’t had much success in my high desert climate. Very interested in learning more about own-root roses! Thank you!

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  812. Karese Dehaan on

    Thank you so much for sharing about your rose experiences! I have learned so much! Any chance you might consider writing a book on roses? I would love to add to my library. This year I plan to add Distant Drums and Koko Loko roses to our gardens and was thrilled to see they are both available at Heirloom Roses.

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  813. Peggy Bidwell on

    Pink Enchantment off Heirloom Roses. Love the white or pale yellow combos with the pink on them like the Peace Rose.

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  814. Lynn M on

    Hoping to add hot cocoa, distant drums, celebration, roald Dahl.

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  815. Lindsey Leighton on

    I am new to growing roses but am excited to learn and watch these beautiful flowers come to life. This year I’ll be planting Bolero, Queen of Sweden, and Earth Angel. Hopefully I can add to my collection each year.
    Thanks for sharing all your wisdom.

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  816. Mary Beth on

    I love the fragrance of my “Chrysler Imperial” and also the beautiful deep red color.
    I also like the blooms – tight and slowly unfurling.

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  817. Crista Johnston on

    My mother loved roses and her favorite bush was called an Abraham Lincoln. If I recall correctly, it was a deep rich, red rose. I would love to find that variety again.

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  818. Joni on

    I have been looking for a magenta or fuchsia climbing rose, for a trellis. I am in the process of making a pollinator flower bed garden primarily using those colors. Would you have a recommendation? Receiving a gift certificate would be a great Birthday gift which is the 19th 😊. Would really like help with knowing what climber would fit in my developing garden.
    Thank you
    Joni

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  819. Kathy on

    This year the heirloom roses I am interested in adding to my collection are the Charles Darwin and Crown Princess Margareta type with the full ruffled center and the shallow outer cup. I am also interested in adding more heirloom dark colors after acquiring a Twilight Rose grandiflora last year. The dark colors are especially striking at sunset. William Shakespeare and LD Braithwaite look promising.

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  820. Sarah Roberts on

    A very inspiring story. My current favorite rose is Boscobel. The smell is dreamy, and the bright color is a prefect contrast for gloomy California winters.

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  821. Lisa McCullough on

    Love all the cabbage type roses, they remind me of the old Dutch paintings with the dark background.

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  822. Tammy Makoul on

    I would love to answer both questions – my favorite rose is a tie between Lichfield Angel and Munstead Wood! what i am hoping to grow next is an alba but I’ve also have been wanting mme alfred carrier or sombreuiel
    🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

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  823. Ashley Chatfield on

    My favorite is the soft white, abundantly fragrant “Honor” rose. I first came across this rose in my mother in law’s beautiful and meaningful rose garden she worked to build for 30+ years. She bought and planted it because it reminded her of her son, my husband who is law enforcement. Seriously the fragrance is out of this world!

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  824. Alicea on

    I hope to grow roses this year in my garden! I love David Austin’s “Queen of Sweden” rose, it’s the perfect shade of pale pink.

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  825. Johanna on

    I planted two ‘Super Dorothy’ ramblers late last fall. They came from Heirloom, and since they ship defoliated they were hardly even visible when I planted them, but I can’t wait to see what they do this year!

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  826. Andrea Steele on

    I would love to find a David Austin Tea Clipper Rose for my garden. I think it is just beautiful!!

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  827. Amanda Wegrzyn on

    I hope to plant the Abraham Darby in my new garden. I am a beginner so there is still a lot I need to learn but reading your rose blog posts has given me much inspiration!

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  828. MARY D. CAIN on

    Louise Odier Is my favorite rose, and Cecile Bruner is 2nd. I love the flowers and that the bush is so vigorous. I am hoping to plant New Dawn to climb up a crabapple tree and the Damask rose Ispahan, which I read about in Peter Beatles book Passion for Roses.

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  829. SY on

    Erin thank you for sharing your mail order sources! I’m excited to grow Diamond Jubilee this year. I’ve enjoyed many roses from Heirloom Roses, many that I left behind when we moved from our house this year. Thanks for also providing the discount code. It gave me the excuse to purchase Madame Anisette that I’ve been eyeing for awhile!

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  830. Kristy on

    My favorite rose right is Dixieland Linda. I love the way she opens and is more long lasting then may of my David Austins. Ash Wednesday is also stunning.

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  831. Diane Hopkins on

    I love fragrant roses! And the best of those is Double Delight. It is a bicolor rose, pale yellow and deep scarlet, and the fragrance is amazingly strong! Love it!
    P.S. Thank you so much for sharing with us! I loved the Dahlia info and now this on roses…great info!

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  832. Gail B Wynne on

    My favorite would have to be Belinda’s Dream. It repeat blooms all summer in my zone 7 Oklahoma garden. The smell throws me back to my grandmother’s front door. The blooms are sturdy and hold up well. Very little disease. Next would have to be Aloha for it’s variegated color and wonderful scent. It is however a bit more disease prone. And who can have a garden without New Dawn. I first saw it years ago on Martha’s Vinyard covering picket fences. Guess I really like pink roses!

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  833. Chelsea on

    I have Koko Loko coming this spring and I can’t wait to see it in bouquets!!!

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  834. Jane Merdan on

    My favorite rose is one that I have no idea of its name. It came from a rose that my grandmother purchased on her honeymoon! It has been a very hardy rose.

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  835. Twila Smucker on

    I love my David Austin Carding Mill Rose. I also just ordered a Graham Thomas yellow climbing David Austin that I am so excited about! I would love to win to order more of some of the varieties you like!

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  836. Kelli on

    We just bought our first house, so I finally get to invest in the garden I’ve been dreaming about for so many years! It will be tough to narrow down my choices, but Abraham Darby and Distant Drums are whispering to me…..

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  837. Allison Oberg on

    Though I’m late to the game, I’ve only just discovered roses in the last few years. Now I’m hooked. I’m partial to the many petaled cup type blooms. I have a few shrub roses and am looking for some climbers to plant this spring (peachy colored David Austin maybe) since I live on only .14 of an acre lot. I’ll be trying for vertical growth against my small brick house and garden fences. This series couldn’t have come at a greater time for me!

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  838. M. Thomas on

    I love full billowy blooms in soft colors. Wollerton Old Hall is a favorite and Desdemona is about to join them in the garden. I would love to see how Wild Eve blends with them.

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  839. Tami Brown on

    I have so many favorite roses but my top performer is David Austen’s Princess Anne. She’s always the first to bloom in my cold blustery garden, absolutely covered with gorgeous raspberry pink blossoms– but the magic happens four or five days later when the petals fade into a silvery silky indescribable shade of faded mauve. I don’t usually go for bold colored roses and I only bought her because of her reputation as a tough survivor in the cold. But she’s truly spectacular and she captured my heart!

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  840. Nancy Dasenbrock on

    I love my Abraham Darby that i learned about from my friend in France.i love its fragrance and its full form. Also i have a Rosa glaucoma that i love for its foliage. My other favorite is hot cocoa for its unusual red color and ebb tidal for the way it changes color as it matures.

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  841. Mary Knopp on

    Believe it or not, my favorite roses were the wild roses that would be growing in the ditches by the roads near my house where I was growing up as a child. I’d love to find them and grow them as I don’t see them growing anywhere anymore. I’d also like to try growing some climbing varieties. So the ones you mentioned here, Cecile Brunner, Glorie de Jon, Malvern Hills, and Alchemist would be a few that I’d like to try.

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  842. Jordyn Olson on

    I would love to grow Iceberg rose this year on one of my arches! Would love to see the white blooms completely cover it.

    Rosarium Garden Center in Spokane propagates own root roses each season over here! They have a gorgeous display garden and nursery, if you’re team is ever in the area, it’s well worth the visit. Dozens of old varieties that have been growing here for decades. @rosariumgardencenter on Instagram. And Northland Rosarium is their sister company that ships their roses all over the country!

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  843. Kerry White on

    I love the peace rose I inherited from my grandma.

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  844. Monette Lunt on

    Abraham Darby is on my wish list! Those colors <3

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  845. Tricia Farrar on

    I am waiting for some David Austin Roses to come in. You posted a picture of one called Carding Mill months back. I looked up D.A. website up and fell in love with all of them.
    Up until now, I thought I didnt like roses because of the thorns. I can’t wait until they arrive. I am planting 6 of them in a big ole stock circle container in the backyard.

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  846. Elizabeth Z. on

    I don’t know the name of my favorite rose in my garden, but after my mother died a few years ago, I planted the rose in her honor. I purchased it at a nursery in the area that I remembered going to with her to purchase rose plants for her garden. It is a soft orange, her favorite color. It always reminds me of her, and I know she knows that it is there.

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  847. Britiney on

    I love roses so much. My favorite is Mr. Lincoln because its deep red color is so beautiful, but mostly because its scent is heavenly. I love hybrid tea roses becasue they are so long-lasting after harvesting them.

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  848. Ruthann Staley on

    Ohh, I love soo many roses!! I have several that I don’t know the names of, but one that I have that is just gorgeous is Double delight! My grandma has two very old rose bushes that have the most beautiful yellow roses and they have the most wonderful scent! That is definitely another of my favorites, but unfortunately she doesn’t know the name of it.

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  849. Teresa on

    I’m just starting my rose collection. I LOVE all types of roses and a couple I’m looking forward to growing are At Last and Ambridge.

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  850. Summer on

    I am brand new to growing roses, and I would love to try growing Queen of Sweden!

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  851. Lisa on

    I have always thought of roses as too fussy and so many have lost their fragrance in the process of making them more hardy it seems. Then I discovered David Austin roses through a friend. I have Lady Shallot and she has been hanging in there through some tough conditions. I also purchased another one that is a beautiful pink but the name escapes me at the moment. It blooms only once but what a scent!

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  852. Jodi on

    After wanting roses for years, I finally bought my first rose bush a couple of years ago–Julia Child rose. I love the soft yellow color, and the amazing scent, and now I am hooked with dreams of adding more varieties–particularly some climbers!

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  853. Sandy Lee on

    I love Bronze Star. It flowers profusely, smells nice, is low maintenance and produces the most beautiful and large blooms that changes shades throughout its bloom. I look forward to spring every year with it.

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  854. Amy on

    I had a student give me a gift card to a garden center as an end of the year present. I chose a Julia Child rose because it reminded me of his mop of beautiful blonde curls. Every time it blooms I think of that sweet boy with such love and fondness.

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  855. Karen on

    The Fairy’s happy sprays of small pink blossoms make me smile all summer.

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  856. Karen McKee on

    Loved reading your rose stories . I have a David Austin climber Strawberry Hill ordered. I’m looking forward to seeing it bloom.

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  857. Jessica Devin on

    Princess Alexandra of Kent is the rose that I am currently dreaming of! Celestial Night has also caught my eye. But… they are all beautiful in their own right.

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  858. Joan F. on

    I am fairly new to flower gardening and don’t know about many rose varieties yet, but I always find myself drawn to David Austin roses. Looking forward to learning more. Hope you write that rose book you mentioned. That would be awesome!!!

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  859. Laura Wentz on

    Abraham Darby is my favorite. I grew it for several years, but when we had the Polar Vortex it died back to the rose it was grafted on.

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  860. Sarah F. on

    One of my favorite roses is the Lady Banks. I have one white and one yellow. I love how it’s smothered in blossoms in the spring and it’s wild growth habit. It’s also relatively thornless, easy to take care of, disease resistant, and drought tolerant. The Lady Banks is one tough rose. :) Thank you so much for the generous opportunity and these wonderful blog posts full of information! It’s so nice to read something beautiful. :)

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  861. Isabel on

    Olivia Rose Austin. She’s a beauty. I started planting rose bushes two years ago on our three acres. I have a lot more to go. I will try propagating them. Thanks for your tips!!!

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  862. Amy VanSlembrouck on

    I love the rose Double Delight. This was the first rose I ever bought when I was a little girl and it made me fall in love with roses. The coloring and the scent are amazing!

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  863. Brenda Geerdes on

    I just started adding roses in my garden the last couple of years and of course, now I’m hooked. I have a Chris Evert and the way the colors shift between red, orange, and yellow over the course of blooming is magnificent. I’m excited to add David Austin roses Evelyn and Gabriel this year as those are the names of two of my children. I’m also hoping add some climbers in the coming years.

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  864. Paula G on

    I’m in Michigan
    I would love Carefree Wonder as a border between the side of my house and the street. I also, love Orange Floorshow or Purple Floorshow. I believe the open centers and fragrance will attract bees and other pollinators. My three-year-old granddaughter loves to see bees on flowers.

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  865. Shu-Jean on

    I know I like fragrant roses but I don’t know any specific varieties. I hope to learn more about roses.

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  866. Maria Galvan on

    What a love for roses you have found , I cant wait to see all of your beautiful work. This year I plan on starting a small cut flower garden but also would love to add roses to it . I have always loved them . When I was in the fourth grade my teacher would always bring in roses . At the end of the week who ever had good behavior would get to choose and take one home . I would always make sure my name was not on the board. And come home with a rose for my mother . Now I want a rose garden for my self to be able to share with friends & family.

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  867. Marcee Vest on

    I just ordered an Abraham Darby and am very excited to hopefully order a couple more climbing for a trellis…just can’t decide on which variety! So many beautiful choices!

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  868. Nancy Gilliam on

    Prosperity is one of my favorite roses. Its a good repeat bloomer with clusters of the softest little pink to white flowers. All of this with less than a half day of sun. Love all those hybrid musks.

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  869. Amanda on

    Abraham Darby is next on my wishlist! I love the variation of colors it has 😍

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  870. Stacey Mcphee on

    I would love to plant a rambling or climbing rose in our garden this year. I remember visiting my grandmothers house as a young child and loving a beautiful yellow climbing rose that swallowed up the front of her home.
    Mine would be yellow!

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  871. Allison Capek on

    I really enjoyed reading this post :-) I’m excited to try a variety new to me this year: David Austin’s Desdemona, classic white fragrant English shrub rose. Last year I planted Munstead Wood which had an very pleasant fragrance and highly recommend.

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  872. Heather on

    I am new to roses, but want to try all the rambler and climbing varieties I can to cover the perimeter of my garden. I fell in love with David Austin’s Evelyn rose a few years ago.

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  873. Carol Sammons on

    I love the English roses – Claire Austin and Olivia Rose Austin are two I would love to have in my garden.

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  874. Kim on

    I do not have a lot of experience with roses, but I want to soon change that! I am very interested in the David Austin series and want to start my rose garden this year.

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  875. Andrea Winters on

    I’m in love with David Austin Roses, and heirloom roses is one of my favorite sources! I love Abraham Darby and Jude the obscure! I am planning a rose garden and flower farm on my 2 acres in north Texas!

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  876. Brigitte on

    I would like to try a variety called Bleeds Maroon, it seems appropriate for where I live.

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  877. Penny Kristek on

    I loved this article! When we moved into our house 7 years ago I wanted roses everywhere. Its too hot and humid here in South Texas for peonies, hydrangeas and lilacs and such (I tried alot of those and killed alot! Well, all of them.) but my roses were wonderful. I had around 200 plants by the time Covid made the rounds. That was also the time we had a crazy 11 degree/-3 degree chill factor winter with snow and power outages. Next, a spring flood due to 30 inches of rain over 3 months that just wouldnt dry out. And the worst of all…DEER found me and my stressed babies. It was a war and they won. I tried hot wires, multi depth fences, stinky stuff, motion activated sprinkers, and pop guns. I lost alot of roses in 2021, but this year I’m putting up a high fenced area and moving all my roses in there along with my fruit trees and cut flowers and my sanity. I dont know if I could pick a favorite, but I’ve gotton some beauties from Heirloom Roses and a day trip to the gardens and shop at the Antique Rose Emporium is a treat for the senses!

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  878. Alison Webb on

    I can’t grow roses because the deer eat them but I would love to win so I could give the gift certificate to my sister. I love her David Austin roses.

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  879. Julia Moore on

    They are all so beautiful and I’m so inspired to plant more roses. I’d love to try any of the David Austin Roses.

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  880. Jen Koym on

    My favorite rose is Earth Angel. I love it’s pale, blush color! This year, we are hoping to add Abraham Darby, Queen of Sweden, Boscobel, Desdemona, Evelyn, and Olivia Austin to our donation garden. We are excited to start adding some roses to our donated bouquets!

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  881. Elisheva on

    I like Soul Sister Sunbelt, Mme Violet, & Distant Drums, to name a few. I’d like to grow them one day.

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  882. Heidi Wernke on

    I just love a great climbing rose…..my very first rose was a Tangerine Skies Arborose. I didn’t know much about roses but when I saw the beautiful orange blooms and wonderfuly stong sent I was hooked. I have moved a few times since then but every time I move I make it a point to plant another Tangerine Skies climbing rose. I am delighted every year when it fills the trellis with it’s large beautiful orange blooms!

    I loved that you shared all your beautiful rose and inspiring stories! Amazing!

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  883. Karen on

    I have started to grow plants that share names with my family members. I am hoping to grow Tess of the D’Ubervilles after my daughter and Jude the obscure after my nephew. I wish there was one named Cora!

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  884. Gayla Thompson on

    Just planted my first roses last year. I don’t know if they had any names or not I bought them on clearance at Tractor Supply but Iam hooked. I would love to have many many more!

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  885. Jennifer Bingham on

    This has been sheer bliss to read and experience. Thank you for sharing Erin. You have quite a few that are on my wish list, and you gave me ideas for others that I can’t wait to add to my ever-growing wish list! Two roses that really stand out to me this year, which I want very much are Buff Beauty, and Star of the Republic…Alchemist looks very nice too!

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  886. Melanie on

    I’ve got some David Austin roses and made plans to plant more by the stone wall.

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  887. Brittney on

    I’d love to grow Abraham Darby or Portlandia. (I love the elegant feel of Darby and the colors and fun structure of Portlandia!) I don’t have a ton of experience with roses but one of my resolutions is to push my comfort zone in the garden this year and try as many new varieties and plants as possible!

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  888. Laura on

    I’m not sure what my favorite is called — it looks like one called ‘Scentamental’ but I can’t be sure. It was planted by previous homeowners and I have yet to identify it for certain. I love it because it smells amazing! It is beautiful too, a streaked peppermint-y looking rose with dark pink and white.

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  889. Kelly Sutton on

    I love my Golden Celebration rose; I planted it in honor of my late father and each spring it welcomes the return of lighter, longer nights. It’s fragrance is superb and it is a great rose for cutting as well.

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  890. LavandulaLady on

    I have no idea what rose I like best, as I’m not at all knowledgeable about them. My only experience with roses was with a hybrid tea variety a few decades ago, and it did not go well. I would just like to have a rose that smells heavenly.

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  891. Nicia on

    Thank you for sharing all this beauty with the rest of us! I am inspired to grow many of the different rose varieties. It is so hard to narrow it down but I would love to try Winter Sunset, Jude the Obscure, Lady of Shallott, Quietness, Darcey Bussell, Moonlight in Paris and the list goes on!

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  892. Ricki on

    I love The Pink Double Knock Out Rose Bush with Pink Flowers. My children enjoy picking its tiny blooms and smelling its sweet fragrance

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  893. Lizzie Swartz on

    My favorite rose variety is Lady Banks. Even though she blooms only once, she blooms so early and prolifically that she is worth it. I’ve found her growing in the most magical places, and her leaves and vines look more like jasmine than roses…thornless with small leaves, so she is perfect to put in spaces with traffic as long as she has enough room.

    I’ve also been trying my hand at breeding roses, and of course some of my favorites are the imperfect ones I’ve grown from seed. :-)

    Thanks for sharing all these magical sources!

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  894. toni murray on

    Colette, an heirloom rose, grows on a trellis in my side garden; soft pink, slight blush, very feminine!
    This sweet rose has an understated fragrancy that makes me close my eyes and breathe deeply the moment.
    Fond memories of adventures in Lynchburg VA’s Old City Cemetery during their annual heirloom rose sale;
    hundreds of old roses growing on the grounds.

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  895. Kylee on

    I’ve currently got five itty bitty Cecile Bruner plants nestled along the edge of my property, ready to completely take over and provide a glorious privacy screen. And in my two gardens, I have Bonica, Eden Climber, Abraham Darby, Bliss Parfuma, Windsor Castle Wedding, Prairie Star, and a mystery hot pink rose I was given for Mother’s Day, but whose tag has been lost. Oh!! And this last season, I discovered actual wild roses on my property: dark pink, and beautifully fragranced. I can’t wait to add more!

    Man, I never win anything but if I were going to win one thing, this would be my dream!

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  896. Kathlean Faver on

    Our garden focus has always been to grow as much of our own food as possible. This last year I have noticed a decline in our bees and therefore our vegetables did not do as well as we normally see. My daughter has always been in charge of what we planted, now I will be in charge of the flowers and she will continue food.

    I found Floret from Magnolia network and found my new greatest love dahlias. So I am gearing up to plant flowers with our veggies to bring back our pollinators. I am so excited to bring some heirloom roses to my garden this year, they will thrive with all of my other flower seeds that I purchased from Floret seed sale. I am in a quandary on which new roses to add to the garden, for sure I want a white and peach heirloom rose, but I can’t decide between PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF KENT or HARLOW CARR by David Austin. Both are beautiful but only have one more spot for a rose. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my flower story.

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  897. Katrina Miller on

    I moved two years ago and have been slowly working on the landscape around my house…finally determined several spots that I think would be perfect for roses. I haven’t totally decided which varieties to plant, but definitely a David Austen rose.

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  898. Laurie Stoker on

    I’m gardening in Georgia. I have continued to plant roses even though I fight disease, deer, and Japanese Beetles. I grow quite a few in pots on my deck so I can keep my eye on them. My favorite this summer was Ch-ching. A fragrant yellow grandiflora. I grow many cut flowers, but roses are my true love.

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  899. Deborah Snyder on

    I have a flower garden with two rose bushes and several drift rose bushes planted in my landscaping along a brick path in the front of my home. I started my interest in flowers a few years ago and the interest is turning into a passion. I will retire this coming summer and look forward to flower gardening in earnest with the intention of brightening the days of others with beautiful bouquets of the blooms I’ve grown. I’m just beginning this venture, so I currently do not have a favorite, but look forward to the journey! Your books have been an inspiration to me. I’ve purchased them as gifts for others, as well. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  900. Shawna Mason on

    I have asked for a rose trellis in my garden for my birthday this year. I would love to plant two of the Eden Climbers. I haven’t tried an heirloom rose yet, just simple landscaping but I am hoping to expand to new things this year. Thanks!

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  901. Shea De Leon on

    Right now the only rose I know and love is the Oregon native Nootka rose, with its wild habit and constant buzz of native pollinators! Roses have always seemed like fussy, intimidating plants—this series makes them much more approachable. Thanks!

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  902. brooke hansel on

    Last year was my first year trying a cut flower garden and I am hooked. This year I would like to snag a few climbing roses and have my eyes on the David AustinTeasing Georgia. 🌼

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  903. Debbie Schwab on

    I am enjoying a rose I bought this past summer called ‘Life of the Party’. The blooms change so much throughout their life span and smell wonderful too!! I need all the help I can get in learning how to grow roses but also trying to keep the deer away!

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  904. Kelsey on

    I love peach colored roses, and Colette definitely has fun tones of pink mixed in with the peach, so I like that one the best!

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  905. Shlawna on

    Currently my favorites are ‘french lace’ and ‘desdamona’. I love their simple elegance and beautiful aroma. But every time I see ‘lady of shallot’, it stops me in my tracks, so I would like to try that one soon.

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  906. Emily on

    I would love to grow Cecile Brunner!

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  907. Linda Green on

    Roses are one of my favorite flowers, but I have not had much luck in producing these beauties year after year. Between blackspot, clay soil, deer, and insects, I have had my struggles! However, two shrub roses have been the exception. I do not know the names, but each Mother’s Day I am rewarded with beautiful pink blooms with amazing scent and I’m once again in love with roses. I am hoping to learn more about successfully growing these cherished flowers!

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  908. Tanya Bednarski on

    I am new to growing roses and my garden quickly went from just one (Tamora) give to me by a friend to eight in my small urban backyard. I am partial to the David Austin roses that have references to literature like Roald Dahl, Munstead Woods and Jude the Obscure. It takes me back to my favorite high school class, British Literature taught by Mr. Dutcher in the 1970s in Southern California.

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  909. Linda Marshall on

    When I moved to my current home 15 years ago, I came across some antique roses at a nursery and planted several varieties. Once they started blooming I was hooked. The fragrance can’t be matched by any contemporary rose. For me the beauty of roses is their fragrance. One of the most fragrant and beautiful is Paul Neyron. Antique roses are also a gift to those of us who live in the midwest as they are more hardy and can take our harsh climate.

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  910. Norma Aguilar on

    Honey Dijon is new to me and I’m waiting for them to go on sale 1/20. I like the unusual color.

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  911. SMurphy on

    I’ve been partial to apricot colored roses all my life! La Park is one of my favorites!
    I also love cabbage roses in absolutely any color! They are sooo gorgeous. William Morris is my current favorite!
    We have a very small piece if land, but I love planting roses any where I can!

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  912. Jodi on

    I don’t know the name of them, but I’m always looking for the really small pink or white multi flowering climbing roses like my grandparents had! I wish I had gotten a cutting of them before their farm sold. They were such sweet looking roses and smelled good too!

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  913. Christina Utz on

    Love Song – this gorgeous purple bloom reminds me of Valentines Day my senior year of high school. I was given the largest white basket filled with purple roses (purple being my favorite color). It was the largest bouquet given at our school and transformed me into a celebrity for a few hours. It’s amazing how a bouquet of roses can make you feel like a queen.

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  914. Helen on

    If only one, I’d pick Chrysler Imperial – my mom’s all-time favorite and introduced the year I was born. It has such a powerful rich rose fragrance and beautiful velvety red petals, and the large flowers are full and shapely.

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  915. Deanna Hasse on

    “The Fairy” is my favorite. It adds the perfect softness to the landscape. I’ve gotten every book about roses/cottage gardens at my library. I’ve ordered bareroot roses for this spring. I can’t wait to eventually see them in bloom, and have my own magical garden

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  916. Hannah on

    Thank you for sharing your list of trusted nurseries! I hadn’t heard of a lot of them! :)

    I would love a lot of David Austin roses (who doesn’t), but I’m starting to feel partial to Emily Brontë. Heirloom Roses also has Poseidon that is subtle in my favorite kind of way. I’m in 6b/7a, and these both should do well. <3

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  917. Mike A on

    I am new to rose gardening. The articles have inspired me to jump in and try roses. My first purchase will be Jude the Obscure Rose – David Austin. Woohoo.

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  918. Kara Vienne on

    Looking forward to trying Cecil Brunner and Rosa the All Bright Rampler… honestly too many to list! Pick me!!!

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  919. Sheryl on

    David Austin are by far my favorite variety of rose. They are just magical and I am completely enchanted by Rosa ‘Heritage’. I plan to add these to my garden this year. I have struggled with David Austin roses in the past and I’ve been busy researching this winter as I eagerly await the Spring! Thank you for sharing your Rose Story.

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  920. Kaylin on

    I am brand new to roses. I saw Erin post a few pics of Carding Mill a while ago on Instagram and fell in love with that one instantly. Ever since I have come across many more DA roses that I would also love to have in my garden! Thanks for this generous giveaway!

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  921. Jan Fechter on

    Always & forever white iceberg! SO MANY BLOOMS all seasons here in napa, easy care, no thorns! I have 7 in my garden and just cut a bouquet yesterday before their annual pruning.

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  922. Erin C. Day on

    I’m excited to try some ramblers this year. I have a fence that I cannot wait to be engulfed in the beauty of the roses.

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  923. Darzi on

    OH. MY. GOSH!!!!! You guys are one of my favorite garden follows ever and now you are adding my favorite flower too: roses. 😱 (swoon)
    I’m fairly new to roses but as of now I have an unknown variety that is my favorite. A couple people thought she looked like Buff Beauty but according to what I saw on http://www.helpmefind.com I don’t think that’s right. Anyway. This spring I have 13 more roses coming. Next year I want to get into the old garden rose varieties. I love High Country Roses too. Forget if you mentioned him. 🤔 Matt Douglas has recovered a lot of old garden varieties too.

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  924. Toni on

    I have no idea what my favorite rose is as I am new to the idea of creating a rose garden but have heard the call and your blog with favorite resource suggestions is excellent! Thank you!

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  925. Joan Kinnischtzke on

    Carefree Wonder just looks so child-like and happy, so aptly named! What a dream to have it planted in my yard and have my little grandson enjoy it!

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  926. Mimi Renaud on

    Oh how I would love to find a Zsa Zsa Gabor rose, at least that’s what my grandmother called it! Between my grandmother’s and my mom’s roses we always had fresh cut flowers in the house. And the smell . . .

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  927. Samantha on

    Just Joey. Not because of any particular quality of their own (though I do like their color & scent), but because last time I visited my grandmother back in New Zealand, she cut stems from her garden for the house. I planted some here & now they make me think of her :)

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  928. Lisa Edelhuber on

    Don Juan has always been the most fragrant variety that I’ve grown from a cutting. I love the deep rich scent & velvety petals.

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  929. Heidi Garman on

    My favorite old rose is Madam Isaac Perier. It has that old rose fragrance that everyone wants a rose to smell like. Its very disease resistant here in the Pacific Northwest. I am collecting Bourbon roses but they can be hard to find. Another great Bourbon rose is Varigata de Bologna. It has the most beautiful cream striped red blooms! I absolutely love it!

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  930. Erin E Stewart on

    We finally have some room to grow a few things so I ordered some roses locally and am excited to start! I think I’m most excited for Princess Charlene de Monaco? Should be an adventure!

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  931. Pat Carlson on

    How do you pick one? But Lady of Shalott is one of my favorites! 🧡💕

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  932. Rebecca on

    Wonderful to hear Anne’s story. Canadian growers can find wonderful heirloom roses at Fraser Valley Rose Farm. Jason is an advocate for preserving old rose varieties and educating growers.
    You are going to have a lovely secret garden.

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  933. Anne B on

    I would love to plant either Seafoam or Alba Meidiland roses. I love white roses, and both of these would be hardy in my zone (4).

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  934. Lin Constans on

    My absolute favorite rose is David Austin -The Lady Gardener. I chose it for its lovely apricot color. Now it’s January (we’ve had a couple of frosts) and it’s still blooming! And, while all my other roses have lost their leaves, this one is now producing blooms in a rich pink.

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  935. Tyne Strickert on

    Thank you for the story! I’m new to planting roses and I’m excited to do more research and start my own rose garden!

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  936. Sheila on

    Abraham Darby, Buff Beauty and Generous Gardener. It’s overwhelming, really :) I am on quite a journey with roses; I never liked the smell of them as a child, and the tight red buds of Valentine’s bouquets never appealed to me. Then one day about five years ago, I fell head over heels in love with Rose 31 parfum by Le Labo, and I have been on a hunt for a rose to match my messy cutting-garden yard ever since!

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  937. Terri Jackson-Laird on

    I love growing roses and I’m still learning! I’m planing to build several rose gardens across my farm! My favorite rose is the English Rose. I love the old roses for their fragrance, but I also love the gorgeous big Hybrid Tea Roses too.

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  938. Jennifer Unruh on

    Roses. I have been dreaming of roses, waiting for a place to put in my first roses for a cutting garden. I love all flowers, but always it is roses I come back to. I have been making a list of David Austin roses to start with, and now, I am so inspired hearing about old, rare, half-forgotten varieties. .I can feel more research coming on that may completely change that carefully made list of roses to buy first. Carding Mill, Boscobel, and Munstead Wood are my current list to start the rose garden I have been dreaming about. I have an opportunity to start that garden this year!! Thank you for sharing this story, it is the passion of my gardening heart to hear such! I have a friend who lives on an a very old homestead, in a cabin that is over a 100 years old. She has told me about a tremendous red rose there, and now, I am determined to see if I can get cuttings to grow for my garden.

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  939. Brittany on

    The Damask rose is a beautiful rose that is also European and centuries old that adds fragrance to your garden or house symbolizes love and beauty what more can you ask for from a flower!

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  940. Jenna on

    I have lovely memories of my mom and grandma tending to their roses in their gardens. I think it’s time to get my rose garden started! I am in my second year of smale scale flower farming and would be so thrilled to start a rose section for cutting! :) Especially Abraham Darby!

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  941. Denise Suratt on

    I have a gorgeous Kentucky Rose hybrid that is in a large pot that has moved with me twice. It’s a stunning shade of red and smells so wonderful! I will be moving this year to a place with more land and space to grow and would love to start my own collection. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, knowledge and love of flowers!

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  942. Colleen Leonard on

    My favorite rose is the Heritage rose from David Austin. I love this English rose because of the vibrant pink color and its amazing smell.

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  943. Lisa on

    I like the David Austin, Claire Austin.

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  944. Mary Seelen on

    Lena, Ole, Sigrid, and Sven Northern Accents I could call my favorites…if I had any. I aspire to try these out, and will one day. They are said to be hardy and I live in a cold area but love roses.

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  945. Hannah Rudy on

    I am such a fan of you and your beautiful pictures! Such beauty! My favorite is David Austin Hermione. I love blush roses and scent is extremely important to me. I want to experience the beauty as a multi sensory experience! ❤️

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  946. Anna on

    I’d love to add roses to my budding little backyard garden. I’m afraid I only know of a couple but one in my area is the double knockout. It’s mass grown here and not generally all that impressive compared to the beauties throughout this post. I’d like to enter in hopes of growing something special in memory of my grandfather. He always had a rose garden and roses always bring him back to me. Thank you for reading!

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  947. Karen on

    I only grow “easy” roses and we have an old fashioned pink ruffled rose with amazing fragrance that has survived many years on our farm. I affectionately call it the “grandma rose” since it smells like grandma lives here.

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  948. Amy Pilgrim on

    My favorite rose is the Peace Rose. It will always remind me of my mom, who was an avid rose gardener for 20+ years. Sadly, she passed away in August 2019 at the age of 83 from cancer, and her rose garden languished and finally was uprooted. I would LOVE to win the gift certificate so I can purchase a few of her favorites, and now that I’m living with my dad as a care-taker in the house in which I grew up, I can re-establish a small corner of her rose garden.

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  949. Amanda on

    Hoping to grow several varieties this year, including Wollerton Old Hall, Grace, Pearlie Mae and Teasing Georgia!

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  950. Julie on

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I would love to grow the Roald Dahl English Shrub Rose from David Austin. I absolutely love the creamy soft peach color and that it was named after a great children’s author!

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  951. Mary M. on

    I love Abraham Darby, the scent is unreal!

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  952. Rachel Cross on

    Oooh, a giveaway! My b-day’s tom 1/12 (I’ll b 39!) I favor all roses differently. Perl d’or is a fav bc of her intricate beauty. Her pale peachy petals are ligulate which’s unique compared to most. Her disease resistance’s great, which’s hard to come by in a rose grown in Fla. My 2 top favs tho are Clotilde soupert cl. & Princess Alexandra du Luxembourg. Clotilde’s an intricate & elegant climber. I favor the special green & red splashed guard petals her blooms sport @ times. Each white bloom’s small, silky, tightly packed & deeply cupped w/a blushing pink center like a mini old English rose….and Alexandra’s breathtaking in all aspects! Her blooms are impeccably perfect & scalloped around the edges as if they were hand painted by God Himself! I love the form & shape of Alexandra’s blooms, she’s a beauty! Both aren’t as disease resistant here but so worth the extra effort.

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  953. Brandi Goins on

    Just the other day I was looking up rose varitites. I am wanting to put an arch up in our backyard and plant a couple of climbing roses. Thank you for sharing this beautiful rose story and journey with us all!!

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  954. Andrea Beshuk on

    I think my favorite rose variety is Eustacia Vye because its an English rose ( love old garden rose varieties and big cabbage roses) and it has such beautiful hues of peachy pink.

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  955. Anita VanBerkom on

    I loved reading these stories. It reminds me of my sweet friend Grace that passed at the beginning of the virus. We had just moved back to my hometown with our kids and I was so excited for them to get to know her. I grew up with many adventures at her farm. Her Dad had grown and sold hundreds of Rhododendron. They were everywhere! A forest of blooms in early summer. She was like a Grandparent that I didn’t have. So kind. So warm and welcoming.
    My favorite rose is a David Austin rose called Wollerton Old Hall. I love the warm apricot color and the scent is amazing. It unfortunately doesn’t do well cut but I love it anyways. This year I am adding more Alexandra of Kent because she smells amazing.
    I can’t wait for that possible book!

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  956. Mari Kieft on

    I love Ballerina Musk Rose— the old-fashioned look of the single petals, with the beautiful gradation from light pink to a white or yellow center is so simple but exotic at the same time. They are tough and prolific too!

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  957. A Moua on

    I just bought a new home. I am going to start a garden. My first roses will be David Austin roses.

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  958. Olesya on

    I’ve fallen in love with Dave Austin roses. It is so hard to pick just one but I do love my Lady Emma Hamilton. This is a work horse of a rose, that blooms all summer long and has one of the best smells that I’ve encountered.

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  959. katherine patrick on

    Lady of Shallot… fragrant, vigorous and a beautiful peachy color!

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  960. Martha on

    I’m hoping to try star of republic and wind rush on the ends of our rows in the Vinyard

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  961. Jared Troyer on

    Thanks for this amazing series of posts! I really hope you write that book about roses someday!

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  962. Carley on

    I feel so inspired to learn more about roses! I love the “cabbage” style roses, but had not heard that term before. Thank you for piquing my interest. I look forward to discovering my favorite variety. So far I just have wild roses in my yard that I have dug, carefully, from wild spots. I am planning more landscaping projects next year and these blog posts have inspired me to add roses to my landscape! Thank you!

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  963. Amber Broadbent on

    I’m so excited to see my Princess Alexandra of Kent roses really take off this year, as well as my Jude the Obscure. I also ordered Wollerton Old Hall to go with Strawberry Hill and Golden Celebration on my trellises. Thank you for sharing your experiences and time with Anne ❤

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  964. Deborah L Carman-janssen on

    Boscobel! Fabulous color, shape and fragrance. It reminds me of my grandmother on a tropical vacation.

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  965. Kristin on

    The beautiful red Abraham Lincoln is our favorite rose. Also the yellow Julia Childs rose is so pretty. They grow in the Rose Garden at the Arnold Arboretum near our house.

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  966. Katie Ng on

    I started to learn more about roses last year! This year I just ordered 5 different types of DA rose! My favorite so far is Olivia for its fragrance! (Maybe I’m a bit biased since that’s also my little girl’s name 😀). I’ve been enjoying all your blogs this year. You inspired me to have a cut flower garden one day! Thank you for all you do♥️

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  967. Jess on

    My favorite last year was a David Austin called Charles Darwin. It was so magical and had such a sweet scent. I am a lover of yellow and orange roses

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  968. Mary Miller on

    Mary Miller January 11, 2022

    I have always dreamed of growing roses. I have always heard how difficult it is to be a successful rose grower, but I have decided to stop being a sissy and dive in. Wish me luck!!!

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  969. Ashley Voelz on

    My grandmother always had a pink “seven sisters” climbing rose at her house; not sure if you can buy them or not… my favorite color of rose is dark pink or purple. I would love to grow a few at my flower farm!

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  970. Lexie on

    Thank you for sharing this story! I added several Mother Of Pearl roses to my garden during the 2021 season. They were a such a highlight in the yard. I’m hopeful they’ll return just as well this year. But one can never have too many roses, so I’ve got my eye on Poseidon next!

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  971. Deb on

    I’m hoping to add a couple of David Austin roses to my new cutting garden this year. And a couple of new peonies. I love the full lush look of these and the cabbage rose types. Thank you for inspiring me.

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  972. Eunice Letzing on

    Yellow roses are for friendship. I love Graham Thomas.

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  973. Abigail Hight on

    I am very excited about a new climber I planted – New Dawn – in a semi-formal garden I dug in just last summer. I built three trellises out of cattle panels and laid rectangular beds fanning out from these on both sides. I would love to add more climbers and some shrub roses for the front bed – which I refer to as “the showstopper” bed! :-)

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  974. Corina Sahlin on

    Fantin Latour is my FAVORITE! I grew it on our homestead in Marblemount, and it grew outside our goat barn. It was sooo happy there, what with all the goat manure compost fertilizer. I used to milk the goats every single morning and evening, looking at the gorgeous roses, and what a delicious smell! We just sold our homestead, and I’m heartbroken had to leave Fantin Latour behind.
    So now we’re starting all over in Bow-Edison, and I want to replenish my rose collection.

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  975. Laura Heeney on

    Scarborough Fair reminds me of the rose bushes my grandma had at her house. I would love to try growing a few. Loving this info on roses!

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  976. Charlene Skalmusky on

    I just planted a few roses last summer and fall so I am new to roses. I planted Queen of Sweden and princess Charlene of Monaco. Not sure which is my favorite. If I have to pick one maybe it would Princess Charlene as that is my name! Haha!

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  977. Rhonda Fitzwater on

    My favorite roses are Nelson’s roses. Nelson’s roses are a fortuniana rootstock. This rootstock is great for hot sunny Florida and it’s resistant to nematodes. My favorite types are The McCartney rose, a beautiful pink with a strong fragrance. My other favorite is the Kentucky Derby. It’s a beautiful red rose, it has a milder smell.

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  978. Leandra Fuentes on

    Last year I planted 2 more roses, Grace and Cinco de Mayo, and there is no way I can pick one over the other for favorite. Grace has the most unusual shape of petals I’ve ever seen in a rose bloom and the Cinco de Mayo is this exquisite reddish brown color that is delightful to see.

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  979. Deb E. on

    Don’t have a favorite yet because I just ordered my first 3 roses and received a gift certificate for Christmas so will be adding more. So excited to start my rose garden. Your series is so inspiring. Thank you!

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  980. Nicole Mendenhall on

    For years I have coveted Lady of Shallot, and it is the first rose that I planted in our new home. This beautiful rose makes me think of a summer evening, not too warm, a slight breeze, just a little bit of sun left, but the candles are burning and the cocktails have been served. This kids are chasing fireflies and the dogs are trying to sit on anyone’s lap that will let them , but they’re mastiffs, so….I love this rose for the scent/the color, warm and so inviting. Just like I hope my patio to be. But…I also can’t wait to plant climbing Eden outside my bedroom window, growing up and onto our roof, surrounding a window box that is overstuffed and flowing with scented flowers. Then I will regularly photograph said gorgeous window and text photos to my sisters because it will make them extremely envious. Yep.

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  981. Rebecca Snyder on

    15 years ago I had collected about 10 to 12 different roses, woke up one morning and some fungus got on them and it didn’t matter what I did they all died. So just last year I bought a few roses to start my garden over. I have one climbing rosebush called Don Juan. The reason I bought it was because I had a horse for 20 years by the same name, however it did not do well last year so we moved into a different spot hoping it will do better this year.

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  982. Danielle Panichella on

    There are so many beautiful varieties of roses. I gravitate toward English roses like Roald Dahl, with tons of petals and repeatedly flowering. Someday I hope to have a field full of rambling old English roses.

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  983. Amy Steele on

    David Austin Boscobel 💗 my first and still one of my favorites!!

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  984. Sonja on

    I love my Zephirine Drouhin that is climbing over my trellis archway, it is a beautiful thornless deep pink rose

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  985. Karen on

    The high desert of central Oregon is a tough place for growing roses. After several failed attempts at roses that zoned properly for us, I quickly learned to choose from the “Spokane tested” , own-root choices from The Northland Rosarium, for tough roses. We have several David Austin roses that I love, but I am yearning to try the Cecile Bruner that I loved as a child! Perhaps this year I will find one!

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  986. Jennifer on

    There are so many favorites, I don’t know where to start. The Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ is top of the list for sure. My newest discovery is the Wabara Japanese varieties, from what I could find out they are only sold to commercial companies for cut flowers only and not sold as plants for the home gardener, but maybe one day :).

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  987. Maryellen Ellis on

    I’m new to roses, but would love to add a row along a fence in our yard this summer. I’m loving this series. Thank you for giving the incentive to start my journey to roses!

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  988. Lori Simpson on

    Erin, You MUST do a book focusing on roses! I will buy it in a heartbeat. Roses remind me of my grandmother, my father, and my step-father, 2 of which are no longer with me. Joseph’s Coat is one of my all time favorites and I’m hoping to pick one up from Heirloom this year and plant at our new farm! Thank you so much for sharing. I cannot even express how grateful And excited I am that you’re sharing this valuable information!

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  989. Dee on

    My favorite rose so far is Desdemona. My friends are all rosarians and Desdemona is kind of jokingly the gateway rose!

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  990. Beth snively on

    The David Austin’s are so beautiful and I think I’m
    going to need to add some to my garden this year!

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  991. Patti Sinski on

    I am looking forward to my first try at roses starting with a climbing rose. My fondest memory of roses is when one of my aunts couldn’t get her roses to bloom, we were visiting with another aunt and uncle and my uncle who favored a little whiskey threw a shot on the roses and said trust me that’s all they need. We were certainly skeptical but darn if those roses didn’t bloom like crazy that year and every year since with a shot of whiskey!

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  992. Vince on

    Belinda’s Dream I’ve seen at the local LSU ag center, but I have yet to get. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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  993. Sherri on

    So hard to narrow down to just one favorite, but if I must….loving Rosa ‘Thomas á Becket’ for the rich color and lemony scent.
    Distant Drums and Kendyl Marie top my list to try next.

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  994. Tina Schadone on

    I would love to add Abraham Darby to my garden! Thank you for sharing this. What an experience! I can’t wait to see your rose garden!!!

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  995. Cynthia Ernest on

    I transplanted my Climbing Iceberg from Tennessee to Texas two years ago. It was relatively small at the time. I planted it at my front door and it has grown into beautiful arches over my front porch. It is January now and it’s still blooming! I’ve waited over 20 years to be able to have a rose grow like this. It has been worth the wait! Thank you for listing your sources. I can’t wait to add to my own garden.

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  996. Rene on

    When I bought my house almost two years ago, it came with a beautiful deer fenced rose garden of 18 hybrid teas, and they’ve bloomed like crazy! Rose moschata is one I’d love to add and have never found – fragrance is my favorite thing about roses. Another fragrant variety I’d love to find is compassion, which I hear will grow as a shrub or a climber. It’s a pinch-me kind if joy to share beautiful rose bouquets!

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  997. Anne M. on

    I can’t pick a favorite since I don’t even know a fraction of the ones out there. I mostly gravitate toward pink varieties and I’ve successfully started a few from cuttings. My neighbors had a couple of roses that I’d gazed at longingly for years and then when they started talking about moving, I asked if I could try to get a few starts since I didn’t know if the new neighbor would take care of them(it’s a college-age boy so I’m sure they won’t be. =0( ) I’ve got another neighbor that has a variety that I’m trying to get up the nerve to ask for a cutting as well. I just need several more acres to grow all I’d like. Someday.

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  998. Stefanie Delinois on

    As a former flower designer, I always loved David Austin’s Peach Juliet Ausgameson. Now I am a mom of 4 and work on my own personal flower garden and landscaping

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  999. Heather Jahn on

    I would love to try growing Evelyn and Ava rose varieties in my yard. Both varieties are the names of my girls. I hope to plant them and one day when they are older they can use them in their wedding bouquets.

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  1000. Cynthia on

    I love them all! Graham Thomas, Jude the Obscure, and a lovely deep rose-plum one from Heirloom Roses that I can’t remember the name of. I, like many others have said, think of my mother who loved roses (and all flowers), and think how she would have loved to have the ones I have. She struggled so on a farm in SD, where roses have a hard time.

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  1001. Jennifer Waite on

    I would love to find a unique and beautiful rose to add to my cut garden. David Austin’s are just lovely!

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  1002. Ashley Marie Laabs on

    Roses are the supreme garden flower. So glad this is all about my favorite flower. I was just shopping for Abraham Darby, so I’ll call that my favorite that I’m most excited to plant this year. Thank you.

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  1003. Chasidy Brabham on

    I love the David Austin roses. They will always have a tender place in my heart. The beauty they bring to my cut flower garden and my spring/summer bouquets always leaves me breathless. I especially love the Olivia Austin Rose. It has such a delicate texture and reminds me of an old English tea rose.

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  1004. Jennifer Crisp on

    I love roses especially David Austins. My favorite rose of all is Evelyn, she is just fabulous and more vigorous than some say… she bloomed her heart out in the pot she arrived in before I had a chance to plant her. Evelyn is so gorgeous & of course her fragrance is to die for! Thank-you Erin for introducing us to Anne, so happy to hear of her late start because I’m a bit old myself. Her inspiration lives on through her roses, thanks to you Erin!

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  1005. Julia on

    Oh I was so happy with ALL the roses, particularly that one of your sources is right in my state: Florida!

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  1006. Lynn Galloway on

    You have said that Menagerie’s coupon is good Jan 11- 15, however they do not open for Barefoot sales until Jan 22 and their potted rose shop is also closed. Was this an error?
    Thanks. Love your blog on roses.

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  1007. Johanna Humbert on

    I’ve always wanted an Abraham Darby. That pinkish, apricot is color is so lovely!

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  1008. Nicole on

    Mister Lincoln—beautiful big red blooms…my son’s name is Lincoln so this one has to be a favorite♥️

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  1009. Meg on

    I grew a Wollerton Old Hall last year and it wooed me into more David Austin purchases for this spring!

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  1010. Erma Yoder on

    I ordered a James Galway from Heirloom Roses and it has done great. Would love to have more roses.

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  1011. Kadie Burrone on

    I would love to add climbing roses to my garden. Something like The Impressionist would be a beautiful addition.

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  1012. Johanna Walker on

    Amazing story, thanks. I am excited this year of adding Tantau roses to my garden. I have few David Austin but will love to find old ones. I hope more people in the rose business bring commercially out of patent roses that are hard to find. This year I will try to propagate few roses too. It is hard to choose a favorite: Double Delight, Paris the Yves St Laurent, Neil Diamond, Olivia Rose, Abbaye de Cluny, Queen of Sweden…

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  1013. Rachel Eyo on

    As a child, my parents had several Double Delight roses and they were a favorite. I loved just walking by at different times of the day to smell there fragrance. Lately, I’ve loved Distant Drums, a rose my grandma purchased at a grocery store on a whim that has been prolific. Now that I have my own yard, I am eager to start my own rose garden, including some poorly maintained ones from my great grandma’s rose garden.

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  1014. Andrea M Rice on

    Hi from sunny too salty Florida! I have two rose plants growing in my front yard less than a 1000 ft. from the Atlantic. They have weathered many dreadful storms and seem to endure our humid and horribly hot summers. I have no idea what they are called, but one bright red grows long arms and reaches above my front door porch. I keep it trimmed during the summer to protect it from the heat. The other is a petite pink common rose I bought from Aldi, probably 5 years ago.
    I have a history with roses that my mother grew in Anaheim, Calif. and I tended as she grew older and the planter beds were overrun with peanut grass? Again, she would have told me all of the names, but I have missed her for nearly ten years. The smell of roses and sweet peas remind me of both my mother and meme, both loving women who shared time with me in their gardens. Of course, one of my favorite books is “Linnea in Monet’s Garden.” Someday, hopefully soon, I hope to travel and visit more gardens both in the USA and Europe.

    I am patiently waiting for my seeds that I ordered from Floret, but will have to plant them in late fall to see if they will grow during our winter. I have some sweet peas enjoying our milder weather now, but some are not liking the bright warm sun on the west side of my home. Still hoping for some blooms in a few weeks!
    Thanks for sharing your time and talents with me in this blog and website! Andrea

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  1015. Annie on

    I’ve never grown roses before, but homegrown roses smell splendid. My memere has two wild rose bushes that burst with blossoms every summer. A rose variety that I would someday love to grow would be Princess Charlene De Monaco. I’ve never seen them in person, but I’ve heard they smell wonderful and their bloom is beautiful.

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  1016. Denae on

    I love my Queen of Sweden! The blooms have been somewhat smaller than expected, but I love the many petaled look and oh my the smell on that one is just lovely!

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  1017. Peggy Buarotti on

    Heirloom roses just happen to be my favorite type of roses also.I unfortunately don’t have as green of a thumb as some people do,but I keep trying.I appreciate all the beauty that Floret brings into my life and the world!

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  1018. Jennifer Kilmer on

    I adore roses. I have only planted a couple because I know those varieties were resistant to disease, which is a concern for me living in rainy Western Washington. I would really love to buy more, but I am lost on where to start and how to care for them. I have been loving Autumn Sunset so far!

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  1019. Lauren C on

    I added a Bolero rose to my garden last year and it has quickly become my favorite. The perfect white rose and it smells amazing!

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  1020. Joanna Gonzalez on

    My brother gifted me Knock out miniature roses. It’s maintenance free and long blooming. I love going out to my garden in the morning with a cup of coffee in hand to take in the beauty.

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  1021. Marie on

    My favorite erode is Marie Pavie. I love the fragrance so sweet. The beautiful pink bud opens up into a beautiful soft white. Bees love this rose.

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  1022. Candy Horton on

    I don’t have any roses in my garden as I live in Ohio and the ones I have tried to grow have not done well. I would love to have a really pretty light pink rose in my garden. It’s one of the plants I want to add into my garden but need to research first.

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  1023. Debbie Piper on

    I just love David Austin roses! Not only for their beautiful color and variety but their fragrance. A particular fav that I’d like to add to my garden this year is Lady of Shalott. I also love and will eventually add others like Golden Celebration, Wollerton Old Hall and Grace. Your blog was a wonderful read!

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  1024. Michele Jensen on

    I just ordered Lady of Shallot and Cream Abundance from Heirloom Roses and am so excited to get them planted in my renovated rose garden this spring!

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  1025. Jen Worthington on

    Seven Sisters and Hansa are two favorites. Old Iowa farmsteads hold treasures!

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  1026. Tina S. Laarkin on

    I have loved every rose I have ever grown. I have moved several times in my adult life, and plant my favorite roses at every house. Gruss an Aachen, Don Juan and Abe Darby are such old friends, and they are always with me. Gruss also grows well in partial shade, so she is very impressive to me. My fav rose right now is a brand new one, David Austin’s MUNSTEAD. The fragrance is just intoxicating, pure magic. Hard to believe that one smallish dark red rose can hold such sway over one’s nose!

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  1027. Kristin on

    Ooh I can’t wait to grow roses soon. I’ve been eyeing Abraham Darby, but so many heirloom style varieties are on my list.

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  1028. Stephen Wiedenfeld on

    I love Mr. Lincoln roses, even if they are a traditional red rose. I’d love to grow David Austin roses, especially blushy/peach/salmon colored ones since that’s my fiancée’s favorite flower color.

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  1029. Devon on

    Gertrude Jekyll from David Austin is a beautiful, low maintenance climber. It has a lovely fragrance!!!

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  1030. Jennifer on

    Sterling roses have always been my favorite, love the color and the scent. Currently I only have white roses (variety unknown), inherited from my yard’s former owner.

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  1031. Sarah on

    I have always loved roses and I am so excited by the amazing work you are doing to save these older varieties!! I think it is such important work! My personal favorite has been ‘Brass Band’ because my great grandma, grandma, and mom all had this one in their rose gardens and I think of my great grandmother every time I smell it. We moved to a farm in need of a lot of fixing up five years ago and the only real consistent flower I have been able to grow well is a rose, so thank you for all the great tips! I look forward to expanding my rose garden here.

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  1032. Lyanne on

    So beautiful! Not sure I have it in me to pick just one rose. Love so many of them. I am definitely looking for a rambler at the moment to climb up one of my trees.

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  1033. ElizabethPatterson on

    I love the simplicity of Sally Holmes. I planted it on a trellis over 20 years ago and every year I am so happy to see it blooming. One cluster of blooms makes a stunning arrangement!

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  1034. Liz on

    I adore DA ‘Jubilee Celebration’. I’ve noticed it’s not listed in the DA catalog this year! And I have a sweet Gourmet Buttered Popcorn that outdoes itself every year.

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  1035. Angela Turley on

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Golden Celebration is a beautiful rose I’d love to get my hands on!

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  1036. Dawn Williams on

    My daughters purchased 2 David Austin roses for my birthday! I can’t wait for them to be delivered and the weather to warm up!

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  1037. Bridget Everett on

    My favorite rose is Juliet. I first fell in love with Juliet when I was choosing flowers for my wedding, and I have been hooked ever since! I get to plant my first garden this year, and I am so excited to get to grow flowers of my own! Floret is such an inspiration! :)

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  1038. Malinda Ringo on

    I love the Alchymist for its wonderful fragrance and changing colors!

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  1039. Connor McLeod on

    I enjoy the deep purple color of the Twilight Zone rose, a grandiflora type.

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  1040. Elizabeth Sallee Bauer on

    I’m super excited to put Nuits de Young in my garden this spring. It will be my first old moss rose. I can’t wait to use the mossy buds in arrangements.

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  1041. Jolie on

    I would love to add David Austin’s Queen of Sweden. I have a very small urban flower farm in Kansas and I have heard wonderful things about this variety in our Midwest climate. Fingers crossed! Thank you so much!

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  1042. Cheryl Burch on

    La Traviata and Distant Drums are 2 of my favorite roses. I purchased both from Heirloom Roses and they have been going strong for several years. Both are fragrant but it is the color that will win you over. Disease resistant and very prolific ,I can’t say enough in favor of these ladies.

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  1043. Donna on

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful rose gathering experience – Lucky ladies!

    My all- time favorite hybrid tea rose is Fragrant Cloud for incredible fragrance and brilliant red- orange color as well as Crown Princess Margareta by David Austin for it’s beautiful fragrance and yellow-apricot color.

    Cant wait for Spring!

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  1044. Peggy on

    Teasing Georgia looks like an amazing rose. That is on my wish list.

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  1045. Nancy Kriek on

    I like the Betty Prior floribunda rose. My grandmother had these in her garden and always a few in a simple vase.

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  1046. Susan O'Halloran on

    My favorite rose is Louis Phillipe. This is a sentimental favorite for me as my grandmother grew it in her garden when I was a child. The bush was passed on to my mother who grew it at our house. The appearance and scent brings me back to my childhood.

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  1047. Kathy on

    Oh Erin, what an adventure you’ve been on! There are so many amazing varieties I would like to grow, but I think I will start with “Kathleen” if I’m lucky enough to locate it. So looking forward to seeing your rose garden and thank you for sharing the wonderfully inspirational story of Anne Belovich’s life.

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  1048. Karen Pritchard on

    My garden includes DA’s Carding Mill, Abraham Darby, and Princess Alexandra of Kent. I’ve got to go with Princess Alex – for the size of the blooms and fragrance. Love, love them!

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  1049. Daniela Klimsa on

    I’m hoping to find and glow Love Song this year. I love the lavender color and its scent. But so far I haven’t been able to get my hands on one.

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  1050. Sherry Mitchell on

    My favorite, that I hope to propagate this year, is a pink tea rose that is on my Grandmother’s farm. I don’t know the name, but it is a common rose in the area, as most of the farms have at least one in the yards.

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  1051. Rachel on

    I have several of the old English cabbage roses in my garden currently. My absolute favorite is the Earth Angel Parfuma rose, the scent is positively intoxicating. While it does have a main flush in May and June, and again in October, it is the most reliable repeat bloomer in the garden, insuring that I always can add a few roses to my bouquets.

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  1052. Sheena Nash on

    Thank you for sharing this! Ohhhh…to pick just one favorite rise is so hard. I’d say the two roses that come to mind are 2 that I don’t actually have…Mister Lincoln a rose my paternal grandmother had that my mother now has in her garden & this lovely pink rose bush with petite rises on it that me maternal grandmother had & I am hoping to find someday. Ahhh…the nostalgia of roses!

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  1053. Faith Bean on

    I love roses and started my garden two years ago and have planted 23 roses so far. I have 11 David Austin Roses and 12 spray roses as a rose hedge. I hope to have a more English style garden and want to add climbing varieties and intersperse roses throughout our property. I would eventually like to cut flowers to bring with me for my elderly clients, so they can enjoy the flowers.

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  1054. JNP on

    I’d love to grow any roses this year! Desperately in need of planting new ones after a difficult pregnancy prevented me from caring for mine and they died. French Lace and Mother of Pearl are top contenders, but I’ll grow any rose I can get my paws on! Love them!

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  1055. Hema Krish on

    I would love to grow Rose, Mr. Lincoln to my garden. It was recommended by a rosarian who mentioned it to me and all about its beauty.

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  1056. Jody Hug on

    My current favorite is a David Austin rose “ Charlotte”. It was given to me by my sister-in-law because my first grandchild is Charlotte. I love walking my garden and remembering the people that have shared their plants with me.

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  1057. Darcie on

    My favorite rose is a wild rose called Rosa woodsii. Its pale pink single flowers always make me smile and I can never walk by without burying my nose into its sweet scent.

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  1058. Paula Rose Olivares on

    First off Erin thank you so much for taking the time to sit down and write out your heart through these posts! It has been such a joy reading through each one! I will have to say that The Poet’s Wife is my favorite and that is because my grandmother Rose whom I am also named after for my middle name, is the one who gave my mother and then I the love of gardening and who our youngest daughter is now named after! I knew when we started Basket of Flowers Farm that I absolutely had to have a Rose Garden in her memory and have now accumulated 8 David Austin Roses but I knew that I had to have The Poet’s Wife because you see my grandmother’s favorite color is yellow! That beauty is for her especially! I can hardly wait to see these beautiful plants grow and flourish and just remember my sweet Grandma Rose and all the memories that I have with her in the garden!

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  1059. Kelli Dunlap on

    This is so helpful and inspiring! I was bitten by the rose bug last year after we moved to our new property and several varieties of existing rose bushes began to bloom. It was quite intoxicating and I still haven’t taken the time to identify them all. Then I read Jane Eastoe’s Vintage Roses from cover to cover in just about one sitting and my mind was completely blown. I would love to have David Austin’s Roald Dahl, mostly because of the color but partially because of who it’s named after – big name in our household. I look forward to more Floret rose guidance in the future!

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  1060. Kari Ferguson on

    Jude the obscure. It smells divine and is loaded with delicate soft apricot petals. I fell in love with it at the Heirloom Rose garden years ago and look forward to it blooming each spring.

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  1061. Jetta Neely on

    Peggy Martin is my favorite survivor so far because of the pink color and I know her name.
    At our farm, there are 3 roses growing that I’ve wondered how to identify. They have been in place for decades with long periods of no human care.
    Each of these 3 is very different. One is a ramble on a fence, the other two are next to the house.
    I’ve tried to contact the Rose Rustlers in the area but did not receive a reply.
    We purchased the farm 8 years ago. It’s about an hour west of Houston.
    This rose story is wonderful!

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  1062. April Davis on

    I’ve never grown roses before, I’m new to gardening in general. But I would love to grow Louis Philippe (or Florida Cracker Rose) roses since they’re so saturated in color!

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  1063. Tamara Main on

    I love Roald Dahl for the perfect peach color, scent and mass blooms. Munstead wood is on my wish list for its deep wine red color and scent.
    Thank you for this lovely rose series…I’ve learned much!

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  1064. Molly on

    I’m new to roses, but would love to give the French Lace variety a try!

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  1065. Sarah Zaniewski on

    To be honest I’m brand new to roses. I have no clue what I’m doing with them (which is why I’m here! To learn!). However, I would like to try and grow some amazing smelling varieties that won’t take over as I have a smaller garden space. If there are any white varieties that fit this bill, I’m in!

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  1066. Evelyn J. Gonzalez on

    My favorite rosebush belonged to my mother. It was a gift from my sister to her about 25 years ago and it came from Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
    I was never able to ID the variety, but I took some cuttings last year as the original bush didn’t look very well. One of those cuttings was successful and is now planted in my sister’s garden in Dallas, GA.

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  1067. Jana Gillaspie on

    I just ordered 4 David Austin climbers for my new house. I have a whole yard to landscape and need more beatitful roses. Dreaming of an englisg rose garden in cengral Texas. This series is so inspiring.

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  1068. Janene Knowlton on

    I have had a love of flowers from my youngest memories. My yard was a collection of cars and car parts… as my father was a mechanic and collected more than my little mind thought was necessary. But along with that there was a huge vegetable garden that he faithfully kept up every summer to feed the family with its treasures canned and carefully preserved for the winter months. But there were no flowers on our property. I begged my mother to let me dig a little 5 foot in circumference circle and plant seeds there at the ripe old age of 5. It grew a few flowers which I tended faithfully. Then I managed to convince my mother to plant a lilac bush, then some tulips. We lived in high desert country and winters were brutally long and I waited and watched for every March and April to see if the tulips bulbs were appearing through the snow because I would then know that I could start planting flowers again. Fast forward…My Husband and I were finally able to purchase a beautiful piece of property a year and a half ago and I have planted 147 roses and more flowering plants than I care to admit. I am in the height of my joy in the middle of all the beauty. (I won’t lie…I selfishly wish I had more land! this little 2 acre parcel isn’t enough to fit all the flowers I think I need to grow. My favorite rose as if I could honestly choose one out of the hundreds of them I love…but right now is KocoLoco. It was recommended to me by a friend last year. I planted it and was so disappointed with the color of the newly emerging blooms. I thought…thats not a color at all! Then it evolved into the most lovely soft lavender. And it repeat blooms like crazy! Beautiful planted close to strawberry and cream hydrangeas! I too am so grateful for Erin and Floret. What a gift you are giving all of us in this world! Thank you! May you be blessed in all your endeavors! Thank you fore sharing your passion and hard work with all of us!

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  1069. Sunnie Kim on

    Carding Mill. I love it as both a rambler and as a shrub. The deeply cupped peachy bloom is the most romantic shape.

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  1070. Antonya Pickard on

    So many to choose from! I can’t decide between Ebb tide and Twilight zone because I love purple, but also the bi-colored roses like Dick Clark. I love the lush David Austin roses -Lady of Shallot and Crown Princess Margareta are two I’ve been lusting after.

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  1071. Connie on

    I’ve been growing roses for many years now. I, like many, have fallen in love with David Austin roses. The roses I currently have in my collection are Munstead Wood, Carding Mill, Alnwick Rose and my absolute favorite Gertrude Jekyll. Thanks to reading this blog, I plan to keep adding to my collection every year!

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  1072. Sylvia Shi on

    My favorite rose is iceberg, I love the pure  and white color. It is easy to grow and care, and flowers bloom all summer long.

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  1073. Carter on

    I’m brand new to this but am excited to try ‘Abraham Darby.’ We’ll see how it goes!

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  1074. Alicia Gilbert on

    I am a huge fan of David Austin roses. I would also like to add Distant Drums to my garden.

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  1075. Pam Fowler on

    Iceberg climbing rose has always captured my heart ❤️ My grandmother had a garden arch that was completely filled with this rose…as a child, walking through the flower arch was like going into a fairy tale.

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  1076. Alexandra Mudry-Till on

    Boscobel. I bought it because of the name and the description of the scent…. it is so delicious and such a special shade of pink. And the name reminds me of an estate of the same name back in NY where I grew up and used to visit frequently. It makes me recall trips to my grandmothers house and picking roses and currants out of her garden along with family picnics at Boscobel for their annual summer Shakespeare festival. Every time I see the flower or smell its scent I am transported.

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  1077. Linh NG on

    I’d love to get Ruth Clements Rose because of its beautiful color, form and disease resistance that you can’t find from other breeders

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  1078. Denise M Rolls on

    The cecile brunner rose reminds me of my grandmother. She and my grandpa could grow amazing roses. The Eustacia Vye and Gabriel Oak are 2 roses that I would like to try growing in the future. I love the frilly centers in the old roses!

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  1079. Michele on

    Thank you for this series! My favourite rose is the glorious-pink “Gertrude Jekyll” by David Austin. She smells like heaven and I can’t live without her; I’ve replanted her three times now with every house move. So excited to be entered in the drawing, I’ve enjoyed the pure-white, prolific bloomer “Iceberg” that we bought from Heirloom last season.

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  1080. Kelly Ann McCall Anderson on

    Thank you for this beautiful story and well documented steps.
    My favorite since 1980’s has been The heirloom Peace Rose. I see that there are hybrids of the Peace rose around. Each bloom seems to have its own personality and all with a delicate scent.
    This year I’ll be blessed to see my dream garden come to life at my new home. It’s a blank canvas! Heirloom and diversity are the foundation of my search for what will be planted. Erin, Becky and team floret have certainly been a blessing to help birth this dream to life. Thank you all for hearing your souls’ callings …and of each flower.

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  1081. Ellen Holder on

    I have tried to grow climbing roses over a huge fallen snag log next to some hydrangeas plants, unsuccessfully. I was hoping to get a couple of climbing roses to intertwine around the snag/log with hydrangeas surrounding the area. That would be such a beautiful look and highlight that part of the backyard. I love pink and yellow roses so I was thinking Fruity Petals might be the right roses to try in that area this year.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

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  1082. Janea McDonald on

    I’m a huge fan of old fashioned roses, the full blooms and rose perfume. None of these roses they sell at the florists appeal to me. But I’m most partial to yellow roses. And even though they have no smell, I do love the Lady Banks roses as they do so well here in Arizona. Look up the bio on the one down in Tombstone, that’s what I want, a ceiling of roses to walk under! I just bought 2 acres so I definitely need to start a collection!

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  1083. Robin on

    I’m so excited that you did a series on roses! I’ve loved your Instagram stories you shared throughout the year. Last year I bought my first roses. I purchased 5 varieties from David Austin and 2 Kordes. I loved them all so much; I have about 15 more DA on the way this spring. I am completely addicted.

    The Kordes (Earth Angel) were from Heirloom Roses. So gorgeous.

    Can’t wait to check out these other rose sites!

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  1084. Melissa Astin on

    I am new to growing roses. I haven’t started yet, but have had my eye on Earth Angel from heirloom. The beautiful peony shape and the described scent sound like a beautiful addition to my garden. Thank you for posting. It is great to glean information from your experience and research!

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  1085. Sue on

    What a lovely and inspiring story – I hope there is a photo of Anne at the end! I struggle to grow roses, being zone 4 (Minne-snow-ta), clay-ish soil, lots of shade and deer…. I would love to try a Therese Bugnet from Heirloom Roses someday!

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  1086. Kimberly Bauer on

    I love Olivia Austen from David Austen’s collection. It’s beautiful pink color and the bloom size and shape are just the perfect combination. It was the very first rose I started with.

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  1087. Beth Williams on

    Thank you for highlighting roses! Nothing takes me back to my childhood more than old roses. I planted the Zephirine Drouhin an old climbing rose almost 8 years ago. It does amazing at our home in Maryland. The smell is outstanding, it’s almost thornless so my girls love to snip and sniff, and it repeat blooms each year. The best part, every time I take a whiff, I have memories of my grandmother. I also planted the New Dawn climbing rose along side our house. It has crazy thorns, but its vigor, height and disease resistance is well worth the pain. One of my favorite things about it (not sure if this is true for everyone) is the first flush of blooms in late spring are a soft pink. Midsummer white with pink in the center. Last flush in late summer, almost all white. Love it! Highly recommend both! Please keep the rose content coming!

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  1088. Jennifer M. on

    I am new to the group of those wanting to grow specialty roses. I have only recently begun to be more interested in the beautiful cabbage style and heirloom varieties of roses after seeing others growers and flower farms growing them. How beautiful!! I love the idea of being able to learn more and keep some of these beautiful and potentially rare varieties enjoyed for years to come.

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  1089. Aimee Thuen on

    David Austin’s the generous gardener in memory of my Grandma. She loved a pale pink rose. I can imagine the fragrance drifting down from above. Minnesota zone 4b limits many of the roses I can grow but I think this one would fit. Thanks for sharing your story! Plant people are the best!

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  1090. Mary Herring on

    I love Peace for the yellow/pink combination. Also Imperial for its deep red.

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  1091. Marion Melville on

    My favorite rose is Rosa Peace. I was finally fortunate enough to buy a house in Skagit Valley. The house was built in 1982 and Peace rose is planted near the front door. I think it might be almost as old as the house. The rose stalks at the base are like tree branches. This is the second winter I have pruned it in an attempt to preserve the rose. It is beautifully fragrant from late spring until November, the blossoms are large and lush. This rose brings pleasure to all who visit my home. I truly feel blessed to have Peace. Marion

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  1092. Jennifer Pruden on

    New to roses but planted a Rosie the Riveter last Spring and am in love. It bloomed so prolifically, now I’m hooked and can’t wait to try more!

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  1093. Iris S. on

    I live in the Seattle area on a small lot, so far I have 3 David Austin roses, and a rugosa rose. I love the sight of rugosa Hansa unfurling its bright green wrinkly leaves in early spring. The scent of the of Hansa is what I imagine a rose should smell like, and Hansa’s bright magenta flowers are a striking contrast against its foliage. It’s a great carefree rose for the landscape. I love David Austin’s Abraham Darby for its gorgeous apricot yellow color and lovely scent. This year I’m hoping to add a couple roses with good vase life, suitable for adding in bouquets.
    Thank you for sharing the story heartwarming interview with Anne Belovich, so inspiring!

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  1094. Carolyn Tatarian on

    The patio garden at our home was created in the 1970s, and the first owners established a lovely rose garden. When I moved to this home in 2000, I inherited many David Austin varieties. My favorite of them is David Austin ‘Heritage’ because of its lovely scent, pale pink color, and abundant blossoms. Of course a close rival is the floribunda rose ‘Julia Child’ with its double buttery-colored petals and clove fragrance.

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  1095. Nena C Williams on

    Thank you Erin for all that you do and have done to get the word out about saving these Old Rose varieties for future generations. All Roses are beautiful to me, it is impossible to name a favourite; but some lovely ones are Munstead Wood, an Austin; Chantilly Cream, a Hybrid Tea; Distant Drums, a Floribunda; Frida Kahlo and Dainty Bess and Scarlet Moss and Madame Isaac Pereire, and Peace……. and on and on…..my Roses are my children to me, and each one is unique and special. I have over 300 but am constantly looking for more! It’s an insatiable quest methinks!!! Western Montana is a challenge to grow some of them, but I always give it my best and it is truly a labour of love. A Rose is by far, to me, the most beautiful flower on our Earth….

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  1096. Linda Goss on

    Alchemist is one favorite, and there are many I would love to plant. Hoping to plant Abraham Darby this season, and maybe French lace. Love these articles, very inspiring!

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  1097. Angie W on

    When I was young, my mom planted some pink roses as a memorial along a split rail fence. I always loved the look, and since I’m planning to add my own perennials around our farm this year, I’m going to be sure to include roses. I’d love a peach/orange/yellow combination.

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  1098. Linda Archibald on

    I was fortunate to grow up in Pasadena and my parent’s house had a rose garden. I loved looking at them and my grandmother taught me how to take care of them and arrange them. I settled in Santa Fe NM in 1980. I have found roses to be easy to grow here. I fell in love with David Austin roses and I love the yellow and orange ones best. Abraham Darby was my first and it is still my favorite. I love the shape, color and fragrance. 💕

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  1099. Kristen on

    My favorite rose (this year anyway) is Munstead Wood by David Austin. The smell is an old rose smell that no one could resist. It’s what a true rose should be!

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  1100. AmberLynn Wilcox on

    I love all my roses, but Desdemona is one of my favorites. It smells amazing! I have it planted near my sidewalk and have to stop and smell it almost every time I pass. It brings a smile to my face every time. I also love how it isn’t a pure white, but has a hint of pink to it, not enough to be called pink, just enough to make it interesting.

    Love your work and enthusiasm! Thank you for sharing!

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  1101. Annelise on

    My favorite rose is DA Olivia Rose Austin. Being an own root rose it is hardy for Montana winters yet is the prettiest pink in the summer. The number of petals and cupped shape is perfect for summer arrangements and just stopping to smell its amazing fragrance.

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  1102. Nathina Duncan on

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and sharing knowledge!! I’m beyond excited because I’m in zone 4b in VT and thought I’d not be able to grow any. (It was -5 this morning.) I would absolutely love to get my hands on some Olivia Rose Austin. Ruffles of bubble gum for days.

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  1103. Trinity Rinear on

    Though it’s hard to say they are my FAVORITE, I love Knock Out Roses. They are a very common landscaping rose in Texas with an old, classic look, and seeing them reminds me of walking to class in college and stopping to admire their stunning beauty. They are also nearly disease resistant, which is always a bonus!

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  1104. Brenda Hanrahan Waterman on

    Queen of Sweden by David Austin Roses is my current favorite. I love its soft pink color which has just a hint of apricot-pink as it opens. It later turns into the softest pink rose I’ve ever grown. The fragrant blooms look great at every stage, but the wide shallow cup stage is spectacular. This shrub rose has a tidy habitat and isn’t particularly thorny making great for flower arrangements. Add this to your list of must-grow roses!

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  1105. Patty j on

    I love red roses. They remind me of my mother who had a red climbing rose wherever we lived. She passed away over35 years ago but each time I see a red rose Bush it makes me smile. I especially like small tea roses, but the smell of any rose can take me back to my childhood.

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  1106. Paula Harris on

    I love climbing roses but it is a challenge to grow them in central Florida. Still looking for one that will thrive!

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  1107. kathleen willis on

    Such a difficult task. My favorite rose – for cutting? sheer beauty? delicacy? fragrance? hardiness? hips? continuous blooming? The one that fits most of these attributes is Madame Alfred Carriere. Her early blooms are the palest pink with a divine fragrance and excellent vase life. As the summer sun becomes more powerful, she turns to white with the lilt of spice still present. She’s almost never out of bloom, has minimal (if any) thorns and produces delicate hips if you control the urge to clip every bloom to enhance your indoors. She’s one I could never live without.

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  1108. Michelle Collins on

    I’m a bit new to roses, I was introduced to some very old varieties at The Wyck House in Germantown, PA. I believe they have some of the oldest varieties in the US. I hope to be selected for your drawing as I’d love to continue adding to my small collection from your sources and additional David Austin and old roses from the Wyck House.
    Regards,
    Michelle
    West Chester, PA

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  1109. Micaela on

    I put up a new arch this fall in front of my house, and I haven’t planted anything yet to climb it. I’ve been eyeing Graham Thomas, Joseph’s Coat, Iceberg, and The Impressionist, but I haven’t decided which to order yet. Or maybe I’ll look into some of the climbing roses you mentioned here!

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  1110. Josie on

    It is so hard to pick a favorite, but there are 2 rose bushes blooming as long as I can remember alongside my parent’s home that are absolutely a joy to look forward to, Angel face floribunda which is lavender in hue and double delight tea which is fragrant and lasts long in a vase. When visits to my parents were coming to an end and I’d be heading home, my dad would say, just a minute… he’d get his pruners and preciosly wrap a few buds of each in a wet paper towel then tin foil for my ride home. Good memories. Sentimental is another generous bicolor rose that I love, but was left behind when I relocated. Tropical lightening is now the rose climbing over our carport, grown in honor of my husband Ken, still managing to keep green leaves in our sub zero climate currently.
    Absolute favorite is double delight though, as my dad knew how much I loved it, and him

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  1111. Ellen on

    Floret has drawn me deeper into a love for flowers and now, roses!

    I would like to grow a climbing “Compassion” rose in the future. My space is so small and already taken up by lots of other plants that I’m not sure I’ll have anywhere to fit it. I am thankful for my adorable miniature rose that has one little rose right now in January. (!)

    My grandfather grew roses, including these big yellow ones. I have searched through rose books and haven’t found one that matches my memory. The closest one I have seen in terms of shape is Honey Dijon, although I don’t think his had any pink in it. I may grow Honey Dijon anyway because it is beautiful.

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  1112. Emily D on

    Crown Princess Marghereta – I discovered this rose, and other David Austin roses, and the glory of contrasting flowers in garden design when I was 15 years old and designing my parents gardens. It was hopeless, lifelong love at first sight.

    I now, 16 years later have my own home and get to start designing my OWN gardens and you had better believe I have roses going EVERYWHERE

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  1113. Jessica Lawson on

    I just started growing roses last year. It is so hard to pick a favorite rose. I think Princess Charlene de Monaco would be my current favorite. But there are so many I love! The smell is my favorite part, I love the ones that smell the way old time roses used to smell. I can’t wait to continue to grow my rose collection!

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  1114. Gretchen on

    I have to be honest and say I don’t have a favorite variety because I’m entirely new to growing roses. I would love to be chosen and get to find some new varieties to love though!

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  1115. Mabel on

    My favorite Rose to date is Evelyn. I was able to purchase a Bare Root from DA that sadly did not make it past it’s first season. Unfortunately, DA no longer has it in stock but if they ever do, or if I ever find another Nursery that carries her, I will be buying multiples. She is just beautiful. Has that Old Rose, Cabbage look that we all love. She is of an Apricot color and smells heavenly. I wish she was more readily found, but she is a finicky one to grow for sure. The one I’m currently in love is a Hybrid called All Dressed Up. Once again, highly fragrant cabbage look. Multiple petals. I open the windows and her scent just wafts in. Long canes, disease resistant, fragrant and beautifully Pink. My favorite Pink Rose thus far. What a dream it is to be able to Grow Roses. There are so many varieties I want to add: Moonlight in Paris, Yves St. Piaget, Francis Meilland, 1812 Rose, Souvenier de la Malmaison, Lady of Shallot. Need to own acres of land to grow all the Roses.

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  1116. Tessa A. on

    My favorite rose that I grew last season may very well be Strawberry Hill, a David Austin rose. The cupped pink blooms seem to glow from within, and the fragrance is complex and delicious.

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  1117. Angie Landrum on

    My husband and I just moved across the country from TN to northern CA. I’ll be starting a new garden from scratch and can’t wait to add some hardy, old variety roses to our landscape.

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  1118. Rachel Y. on

    My favorite part is that she started at 60! Sometimes I feel like life is over at 45. So inspiring!

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  1119. Olivia Devereux on

    I have so many favorite roses! One that I particularly enjoy is Sui Mei Ren. That is Chinese for Sleepping Beauty. It is indeed a sleeping beauty. It has terrible problems with black spot and has never grown well, except in its first year. The weather that year must have been some sort of perfect condition for it. Yet, when it produces a bloom, it is the most beautiful one of all. I also love Lemon Spice. Lemon Spice has a lemony fragrence that is strong and unlike any other rose. Another one that I love is Saluda Musk. Musk roses are a bit more tolerent of sun. It is slow to get going in the spring and likes to “sleep in”. Once arisen by early June, here in the Mid-Atlantic, it blooms nonstop until a freeze. The tiny white roses are in bunches and never fail to delight people who didn’t know roses could grow that way.

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  1120. Paula Keeler on

    Love roses especially climbers, like Long John Silver’s double bloom with such a beautiful fragrance. Waiting to track down another planting of this beauty to train over an arbor my husband just built.

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