Friday, June 18, 2010
Austin Rose Mary
Rosa 'Mary Rose'
Bred by David Austin, UK, 1983
Parentage: Wife of Bath × The Miller
When we first planted this rose my initial impression was “it is just a another pink”. Over the time it has been the garden it has charmed me with its delicate shades of pink, good blooming habit and nice fragrance. Like most of six or seven other Austin roses in the garden it has performed well and is always a delight when it blooms. It has proved itself to be disease resistant and that is always a big plus.
Of the new roses I purchased this year ‘Mardi Gras’ is doing fantastic. The flowers are almost psychedelic and it has kept producing them. On the other hand ‘Burgundy Iceberg’ has been an epic fail. Yesterday it had to be cut to the ground because a heavy mildew infestation. It has a beautiful color and had quite a few flowers before it went away but it was the only rose out of 180 that had the mildew. I hope to be able to report later in the season that it is back but right now it is on the ‘don’t plant’ list.