David Austin Roses | a NON-SPONSORED POST!

This box showed up on my doorstep a few days ago and an involuntary smile appeared...felt like a kid on Christmas...
There are so SO many sponsored posts nowadays that everytime I see the name of a business, my brain starts to check out, so I want you to know that this post is totally, completely unsponsored...no money, no free product, SIMPLY AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT I want to share with you.

You see, I was a peony fan...and a poppy fan...and a ranunculus fan, but roses...not so much.  Then a few years ago, I started reading about David Austin Roses and I was OFFENDED by the amount of money people were spending on these silly roses.  I mean, come on, roses are thorny and have those weird little budded blooms and smell ok, but ICK the gaudy colors...bright red?   I was totally over it.   In fact, I even visited a famed rose garden and was totally not impressed.  Rows upon rows of pruned canes, ground covered in mulch??  NOT PRETTY in my book. 

Then I saw a picture of a David Austin Rose...the English Rose. 

Have you seen a photo of a David Austin Rose??  I will have many to share with you in a few months, but until then, here is a photo from the catalogue.  You see, David Austin bred OLD roses...the kind that you find in cemeteries and along the foundation lines of old houses long gone.  Old roses that SMELL DIVINE and look like the most delicate peony and ranunculus combo you could imagine.  Big fluffy blooms of intense scent.  Sounds divine, doesn't it? 

Courtesy of David Austin Catalogue 2011 

If you are a skeptic, you would be saying...oh that just sounds like a peony.  I can buy a peony root for $5 or dig a division up from a friend, right?  RIGHT.  ...and I would agree with you, EXCEPT David Austin has bred those old roses (with gorgeous blooms and divine scent) with modern roses that REPEAT FLOWER.  That means flowers all summer long.  No 2 week in spring peony show that gets killed by the rain. 

I was sold.

Sold to the tune of $25 each for three of these roses.  I know...I could have purchased 25 PACKS of seed at that price.  ...but once in awhile...just once in a long while, it is worth it to splurge...well, it is worth it to ask your husband to splurge for a Christmas present :)

Anyway, I wanted to show you how these roses arrive at the doorstep.  I have ordered plants and seeds from many suppliers and I have never received such a healthy, robust plant that had the care these roses had.  Let me show you...

See those thick roots, attached to a strong stem, with healthy buds already?  Notice there is no damage to any of the roots from being dug up.  Notice that the roots clearly grew around a mound of dirt, spaced evenly around the plant.  That is a good plant girls!!

When I first received the roses, they took a bath to soak the roots.  (Notice those clean cuts?  GOOD PLANT)

Then I dug the biggest hole I've ever dug for a plant (I'm usually a bit stingy and plants do fine, but I couldn't fail with these expensive roses...)  Long, deep, wide holes with a mound of dirt in the center.  I spread those (perfectly spaced and already trained to spread) roots around the mound of soil.  Backfilled with soil, a layer of mulch and the roses were planted!

I know if you aren't a plant person, these look like nothing.  Give me a few months and I'll have you DROOLING over these luscious roses.  I purchased 'Emma Hamilton' (pictured above), 'Evelyn' (of Crabtree and Evelyn fame) and a climbing 'A Shropshire Lad'. 

...and in case you are wondering...yes, I do have my 2012 picks circled in the catalogue already...oh dear...


Amy said…
I just found your blog on the Mingle With Us blog hop and absolutely love it. Your project 52 photos are beyond amazing. I'm your newest follower.

Another Amy :)
Jessica said…
Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following you back. :)
Torviewtoronto said…
beautiful pictures
can't wait for summer
Wow, I'm not the most green-thumb-savvy lady, but those photos look amazing! Wishing you luck and good care for your lovely roses! I'll be excited to see when they bloom!
Yes!!! David Austen rocks, and I have over 20 of his roses in my garden.... It will be beautiful and I'm so glad to have found a kindred roses spirit. I chose David Austen for the same reasons: scent, and the look of peonies which I can't grow here in So. California. I like the ones with 60+ petal count because they last longer. My blog has some photos of summer garden tours. Please stop by! www.yournestdesign.blogspot.com
Tiffany said…
I'm discovering so many wonderful blogs this morning. New follower here from Mingle Monday Blog Hop. Have a great week ;-)
Lexie Lane said…
Yes, you're right, there are way too many sponsored posts.
Thanks for sharing this info. The roses really are beautiful.

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Oh man. I feel exactly the way you do (did?) about roses. I adore peonies, but roses can kiss my grits with all their thorns and high maintenanceness.

But those look like something I could get behind! Can't wait to see what they produce!
Sincerely Jill said…
So, I originally found your blog on the Mingle Monday madness a couple weeks ago, but randomly felt the urge to check back.

I am so jealous of the gorgeous roses you will have. Please, please take magillions of pictures. English roses are my favorite.
stacey said…
I really can't get anything to grow but I love that other people can. :-) I was even drooling over the roots.
Great and thanks for sharing!
KSK said…
Those roses are GORGEOUS! I absolutely love them! If my thumb was anywhere NEAR the shade of green, I would try to grow them!

Stopping by from the blog hop!
Jacque said…
Hi I'm visiting from Mingle Monday! Love your project 52 photos, especially the ones with the shoes. The black and white are really great. And your boys are adorable!!
Yay! Thanks for sharing this post on the Garden Party! Beauties like these need to be shared, for sure! AND that's another dollar in the donation pot! I feel like I need a bucket and an annoying bell these days. LOL

Take care! Beth@UnskinnyBoppy
Cherie said…
This rose looks amazing! I'm going to check them out!
Hey Amy! Just wanted to let you know that you've been featured on my Garden Party blog hop this week! It took a lot for me not to use the phrase "kiss my grits" again. :)

Please stop by and pick up a Best in Show award badge and link up any of your beautiful posts if you'd like! http://unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com/2011/05/garden-party-no-6.html
Miss Kitty said…
I had just been investigating cut David Austin roses to use a a freind's wedding and came across your post about actually growing them! Twenty-five dollars for a bush doesn't sound bad when you realize that a dozen cut David Austin roses are about $100. Can't wait to see your photography of these beauties.