Six on Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Well this is my first proper blog for a while and tbh I have missed being part of the #sixinsaturday team so excellently built up by its founder The Propagator. Its the last Saturday before Christmas and I was thinking about doing a special one just maybe about Christmas within the garden or Christmas plants, then I heard the sad news about the passing of David Austin Snr at the grand age of 92, I felt this would be a fitting tribute to him.

For those who know me and follow me, know I have a massive love of roses. Though my lifetime, there have been 4 great rose people, David Austin was certainly one of those. though his rose breeding and selection and beautiful catalogue, he brought roses back to the masses and took them around the world, with his English roses that had been crossed between old roses and the more modern roses, to countries as far away as Japan and the USA. This is a testament to his skills as a businessman as well as a grower. Talking about being a grower, He was certainly one of the most influential one of all time, if not since the time of another great rose family, the Viberts

So lets celebrate his live with some of the stunning roses he bred, so here is my six on saturday

Constance Spry
Rosa Constance Spry was one the first of the Austin hybrids. this one flowering climber has a delightful scent
Rosa Graham Thomas was really the rose that set the Austin name amongst the best in the world, selected by Graham Thomas, it was the most clear yellow colour that had ever been bred. can be grown as a shrub or a small climber
Kew Gardens is a newer hybrid and I love the simple white flowers, reminds me so much the wild dog rose, it repeats so well all summer long
Winchester Cathedral again was a fairly old Austin rose.
Wild Eric is a favourite of mine, it has a fair bit of rosa rugosa within the breeding that makes it ideal for the less formal part of the garden. The open blooms are prefect for the pollinators to enjoy these flowers too
Falstaff to me is one of the best Austin roses, it was also the only time I visited the nursery and spent time behind the scenes, looking at the huge set up they have there. I came away so impressed with the whole nursery, the 25000 roses they bred every year just to get 3-4 named varieties, the size of the rose fields and the professional set up they have. Most of all, it was the only time I met David Austin Snr.

I hope you enjoyed my own little tribute to the great rosarian, nurseryman and businessman, David Austin Snr. Of course he was more than that and not only will he be missed within horticulture but also to his family.

Thank you for all that you have done for us rose lovers David, and now may you rest in peace,

For more six on Saturday, please see the great man himself The Propagator and see more links of other great people!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. fredgardener says:

    Graham Thomas is one of mine : A lovely rose !
    Reading that Falstaff is one of your favorites makes me want to take a cutting of those of a friend (she gave me a lot of David Austin rose cuttings, she lives 500m from home and has a wonderful rose garden : I can do my market there πŸ˜‚)
    Happy to read you again.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. thomashort says:

      thank you Fred, there are some stunning roses that didn’t quite make it as well, so many to choose from, so many beautiful roses
      and a very happy Christmas to you and yours as well, hope you have a wonderful time

  2. JohnK says:

    Thomas! Welcome back fella. And what a fine six to return with. I have Wild Edric here (amongst other David Austen roses) and I keep his catalogues on the bookshelf as they’re wonderful little reference books on roses as much as a sales pitch. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas (and that we can look forward to more from you soon).

    1. thomashort says:

      thank you soo much John πŸ™‚ I felt I had to do a little something to honour him and his wonderful roses. I hope so, I am planning to get back into it possibly not as much as before and time is a lot tighter now for varous reason but I will be doing more,
      I hope you and your family have a fantastic time as well John and will have to catch up soon πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve been hoping to read a tribute to David Austin – thank you. Love all the ones you’re talkinh about here; now i just have to try and grow them!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You might like to read this post Chris, from a lady who worked with the wonnderful Mr A.

      1. Thank you! What a wonderful tribute.

      2. Heyjude says:

        Yes, a lovely insight on the man.

    2. thomashort says:

      thank you Chris πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed it

  4. As I was reading through I was thinking “that is my favourite, no that is my favourite, hang on a minute, that one is good ….” Seriously beautiful each and every one. Lovely to have you back. Happy Christmas Thomas x

    1. thomashort says:

      thank you πŸ™‚ they are some off the most flower prefect roses aren’t they. thank you, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well Gill :))

  5. Heyjude says:

    Love roses, though I don’t have many myself. That Kew Gardens is a pretty one. I stuck a link to a wonderful eulogy to Mr A in reply to Chris – you might enjoy reading it yourself.

    1. thomashort says:

      thank you πŸ™‚ I did enjoy it, roses are just wonderful aren they

  6. n20gardener says:

    I’m so glad you did this. They are all beautiful roses. This year I gave my catalogue to a friend and I am now regretting it as you have reminded me of all the lovely roses he created. Looks like I might be buying a book!
    Welcome back to the meme. πŸ™‚

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you N20 πŸ˜€ the book is well worth buying, there’s a lot of the history of the breeding of the Rose amongst it

  7. tonytomeo says:

    It has been a while . . . or I have just missed your posts. I have been out of it for a while too. (My posts were scheduled ahead of time.) Regardless, it is good to see your posts again.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Tony, I had about 6 months out for various reasons, good to be back though and feel I want to write again, hope you are well

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