Friday, June 18, 2010

Austin Rose Mary

Austin Rose
Rosa 'Mary Rose'
Synonyms: AUSmary
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.


Kala said...

And by any other name it would look as lovely!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

What a fabulous photograph. You've outdone yourself here. And the rose itself if pretty gorgeous, too.

It's been SO wet here that many of the blooms on our 18 2nd year rosebushes are just trashed. Sigh. I do have a few perfect ones, but they are rained on. Take a look:

By the way, sorry to hear that you are busy with doctors and such. Good health to you, soon!