It’s a rose jungle out there! Rain-rain and more rain is the reason. ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ is 6-7 feet tall. Invasive Morning Glories that can also plague farmers in the fields were taking over. When it stopped raining I carefully ripped out vine after vine of Morning Glories that had twisted around the canes of ‘Miracle On The Hudson’. It’s a miracle they hadn’t strangled the rose bushes! It might have been pretty to see the purple blooms among the roses but it was not good to see how they had started twisting & twining around every cane in a strangle hold blocking nutrients to the plant.
“Today a rose jungle, spring an English garden, always changing, never static from buds to fully open roses the garden creates a different landscape everyday.”
Normal rain fall in Central Illinois is 3.19″ during August, this August 8.43-10.5″. Excessive rain can wash away rose fertilizer & soil amendments that you’ve added to build up your soil. You can still reapply fertilizer that’s been washed away that you’ve added in preparation for your fall bloom.
Watch For Blackspot
Although hesitant to bring up the ‘B’ word, it’s: BLACKSPOT. Blackspot is especially prevalent during damp cool nights. Start spraying your preferred method of fungicide now to protect your fall bloom.
The rain has produced massive amounts of foliage. Less sun has allowed for limited buds and, blooms but due to more rain fall should bring about more heat to produce the rose blooms we want. I’m adding extra Espoma Rosetone and spraying a high phosphorous foliar feed to produce more blooms.
‘Cape Diamond’ is filled with foliage and just beginning to add buds now that the rain has let up. It’s over 10′ tall.
Inspired by big screen and singing legend ‘America’s Sweetheart’ Doris Day, this lovely yellow rose personified the joyful, sparkling, talented icon. ‘Doris Day’, the Hollywood Star passed away this week on May 13th at the age of 97 at her home in Carmel Valley, CA. It seems fitting to honor her with this ‘Doris Day’ rose tribute with pictures of my ‘Doris Day from Gaga’s Garden.
Qualities That Makes ‘Doris Day’ Special
‘Doris Day’ floribunda originated from the same cross that produced the varieties ‘Sparkle & Shine’ and ‘Jump for Joy’ Bred by Christian Bedard of Weeks Roses. These three sister roses are different yet all share the same super-floriferous attributes. ‘Doris Day’ in particular is a sunny yellow that fills your garden with a sweet, spicy aroma. Old fashioned blooms in round clusters on vigorous stems. The color has incredible staying power and the yellow does not fade, lasting with a hint of gold until you deadhead or the petals drop.
“Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children.’ ~ Doris Day
Parentage: Julie Newmar x Julia Child
If you don’t have a ‘Doris Day’ and run across one be sure to acquire it. You’ll be glad you did. We will miss you Doris Day, I’m glad we have a rose named for you. Rest In Peace.
David Austin who passed away peacefully at 93 years at his home in Albrighton in Shropshire on December 18th 2018 often described himself as a self-taught rose breeder. During his 60+ years he introduced into the rose world the concept of old garden rose form but with the added advantages of repeating blooming and delivered in a wider range of colors. This rose magic was a consummated marriage between Old Garden Roses and Modern Hybrids, opening up a new classification which David had wisely christened â€œEnglish Rosesâ€. Like the treatment received by most entrepreneurs, Davidâ€™s vision was not a easy victory rewarded by instant acclamation!
On the contrary, the climb to his successes were sluggish
but his perseverance for achievement was persistent and always confident. Rose growers throughout the world owe a great deal of gratitude to David Austin for the gift of â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ and the joy and pleasure his varieties have instilled in countless countries. Indeed it can be said of David that he had a fan club of much greater magnitude and significance than some rock stars of the music world. One day his â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ may be recognized and granted the classification of ‘Hybrid Austinii’?
David Charles Henshaw Austin, OBE, VMH, DMH 1926-2018
â€œThe Wisdom to See, The Courage to Actâ€
Rose breeder extraordinaire who created and gave the world the gift of â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ to enjoy, promoted them around the world and yet remained a modest humble man in England during the golden age of roses of the 20th century providing well over 230 hybrids of exquisite beauty and fragrance.
Even ‘Maker of Heavenly Roses’ Fails to of Describe The Marvel of David C.H.Austin
Losing a unique spirit that provided the world of roses with a
lasting legacy barely comes close to comprehending the true meaning and measure
of the accomplishments of David Austin. Rose breeders have often been referred
to as The Makers of Heavenly Roses. And even that description would fail
miserably to characterize the outstanding lifetime work of David Austin and his
tangible contributions to the evolution of roses. His life is a wonderful story
well worth telling for generations to marvel at his achievements.
Davidâ€™s Teenage Years
David Charles Henshaw Austin was born in 1926 to Charles Austin,
a farmer, and his wife, Lilian Austin living in Shropshire, England, where they
worked the land that would eventually later became Davidâ€™s rose nursery. His
developing skills in horticulture were the result of a family friend, James
Baker, who managed a local nursery and taught him the basic skills. It has been
reported that David was initially drawn to lupins.
Roses Not Sheep Breeding Was For Austin
However, at Shrewsbury School where he received his
education, David became entranced with copies of the magazine, Gardens
Illustrated, which he had discovered in the school library. Little did young
David Austin realize that this discovery would point him in the direction of
dedicating a lifetime to roses. After leaving school in 1943 David worked the
land his family had farmed for 800 years growing barley and potatoes and tending
sheep. He soon realized that his calling was dreaming of plant-breeding and not
his sister as a 21st birthday present gave him a copy of Old Garden Roses by
Edward A. Bunyard initiating his inner passion and love for roses as a hobby.
Despite his fatherâ€™s objections, David had chosen a career in flowers with
emphasis in roses. But the telltale signs of rose breeding loomed large in his
dreams, especially when, in his early twenties he ordered his first few plants
and discovering his preference for old garden roses rather the fashionable and
popular modern hybrids while recognizing the best attributes of both.
married Patricia Braithwaite, a sculptor and painter in 1956 who helped him
establish the business in 1969. They had two sons – David, who now works in the
family business (as does his son, a third generation David) and James (Jim) who
is a professor of neutral computing at the University of York.
‘Constance Spry’ the Progenitor of ‘English Roses
And so began a rose journey filled with accomplishments, achievements and honors. The flame that lit the rose candle initiating the journey ahead of David happened in 1962 when a hybrid shrub rose raised by David Austin named â€˜Constance Spryâ€™ (a British writer and society floral designer) received rave reviews at the Royal Horticultural Societyâ€™s show at New Hall in Westminister. Crossing of a 1845 Hybrid Gallica, â€˜Belle Isisâ€™ with a 20th century Floribunda, â€˜Dainty Maidâ€™ had given birth to â€˜Constance Spryâ€™ appropriately assigned the international registered codename â€˜AUSfirstâ€™.
But the continuing journey to ultimate
success was fraught with barriers. Many nursery men initially thought such
varieties would not sell. Ignoring his detractors David made the marketing
decision to sell his varieties by himself converting the kitchen table in his
home in Shropshire as distribution central.
Three Varieties Gained Praise In 1983
Recognition of Davidâ€™s creativity and
genius was slowly picking up, but his fortunes changed significantly in 1983
when he introduced three varieties, including a yellow climbing rose with a
fresh tea fragrance, which he named for the well loved horticulturist Graham
Thomas. These three varieties were praised by the press and colleagues, and the
attention transformed his business. â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ had finally arrived.
The Marriage of Old & Modern Roses Had Begun
unique marriage of old roses with moderns had began and by the start of the
21st century he had created well over 200 hybrids embraced and loved by rose
growers all over the world. David Austin Roses quickly developed into a
thriving company which boasted of products sold in almost 50 countries
generating revenue of about $23 million in 2011 through direct sales, garden
centers and licensees.
Because of strict plant quarantine laws
in the USA imports were controlled through a distribution center in Texas.
Anecdotally Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, ordered hundreds of â€˜Constance
Spryâ€™ to adorn a spectacular 100 meter walkway at Appleâ€™s corporate
headquarters in California. In the UK rose enthusiasts visited the nursery or
bought Austin roses by mail order.
Davidâ€™s literary talents started in
1988 with the publication of The Heritage of Roses followed five years
later by the first edition of The English Roses. Then in 2014 came The
Breathing Earth, a collection of his poems drawing on his life experience
and love of nature.
Popularity Worldwide Grew for Austin Roses
In 1990 his eldest son, David J. C.
Austin, joined the business developing David Austin Roses into a global
company, extending their UK operations into Europe, the USA and Japan. In 1992
a new breeding program was adopted – varieties specially for the cut flower
trade. Although the first varieties were released in 2004, yet once again David
and his son met with some resistance to this new innovative approach. However,
today the cut roses have become very desirable and special as personal gifts,
to adorn wedding events, and have featured prominently in celebrations such as
the most prestigious Royal Weddings. Varieties most often mentioned as especially
appealing as cutflowers are: â€˜Abraham Darbyâ€™, â€˜Eglantyneâ€™, â€˜Fishermanâ€™s
Friendâ€™, â€˜Jude the Obscureâ€™, and â€˜Sophyâ€™ s Roseâ€™.
Still Remains A Family Business
While David Austin Roses has flourished
with great success, it still remains a family business. For instance, Richard
Austin, David Seniorâ€™s grandson, and son of David Junior, joined the company in
2010 continuing his father and grandfatherâ€™s passion. The David Austin family
affectionately referred to David Senior simply as â€˜Mr Aâ€™.
most rose breeders of his time David admitted that the quest for the perfect
rose was a never ending task, and he always insisted that there was much work
yet to be done. When asked a few years ago if he was planning to retire, David
replied â€œNo, Iâ€™m just as excited about breeding roses now as I was when I
started doing it as a hobby as a 15-year-old. I think my latest roses are some
of the best Iâ€™ve ever produced, but theyâ€™re not perfect. I want to breed a
really good crimson rose and continue improving the disease resistance of our
roses. Thatâ€™s what drives me on – my love of roses, and knowing there are still
better ones to come.â€
Some Famous Quotes Â byÂ DavidÂ C.H.Â Austin
â€œA rose without a fragrance was only half a
â€œThis idea of crossing the old roses with the
modern seemed to me to be such a good thing to doâ€.
â€œI was never that influenced by what other people
said or thought. Iâ€™m sightly dyslexic, and I think I make connections that
other people donâ€™t.â€
â€œI was still an amateur with very little thought of
becoming a professional nurserymenâ€
â€œThere are so many leads – many of them blind
alleys. You need great patience and the skills to recognize what is really
outstanding. Every time I make a cross, I think there is always something more
beautiful to come.â€
â€œThere is nothing more exciting than having 350,000
seedlings growing that no one has ever seen before.â€
â€œEvery day, I marvel at my good fortune to have
been able to make a life out of breeding roses. My greatest satisfaction is to
see the pleasure my roses give to gardeners and rose lovers around the worldâ€.
â€œMost of these wonâ€™t ever be releasedâ€ he said in
2016 pointÂing to row upon row of colorful roses from which he would eventually
select only half a dozen or so new varieties. â€œThe rest get dug up and
composted ….. Thereâ€™s no point in being sentimentalâ€
â€œ…. if I had to chose just one, I think pink
â€˜Olivia Rose Austinâ€™ named after my granddaughter has to be one of the best
Iâ€™ve ever bred.
Some Famous Quotes Michael Marriott, his longtime colleague and company rosarian
â€œHe had gone around to other
rose nurseries [in England] and tried to get them to grow them for him. They
all rejected him out of hand.â€
â€œHe used to say that the
easiest way to kill a rose was to give it a bad name.â€
â€œHe lived and breathed them
all the time. He had little time for other things and was not a particularly
social man. He was quite shy and very happy to dedicate his life to roses.
Recognition of His
â€œHe was loath to be drawn on favorites, but admitted to havÂing a weakness for the â€˜Claire Austinâ€™ variety named after my daughter and is an outstanding white rose.â€ â€œBut if I had to chose just one, I think pink â€˜Olivia Rose Austinâ€™ named after my granddaughter has to be one of the best Iâ€™ve ever bred.â€Â ~Â DavidÂ C.H.Â Austin
Order of the Bristish Empire
The Order of the British Empire, or OBE, is an
award granted by the government of the United Kingdom and awarded, typically in
person, by the current king or queen of that nation to individuals who have
performed excellent work in arts, sciences, public services and charitable
RHS Victoria Medal of Honor
The Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) may be awarded
to British horticulturists deserving of special honour by the Society and is
awarded for life. Only 63 medals may be held at any one time, in recognition of
Queen Victoriaâ€™s reign.
RNRS Dean Hole Medal
The Dean Hole Medal is the highest award that the
Royal National Rose Society makes and is awarded â€œFor Outstanding Service to
the Society and the World of Rosesâ€.
RHS Award of Garden Merit
To qualify a plant must be available horticulturally, be of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use, be of good constitution, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care, not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease, and not be subject to an reversion.
â€˜A Shropshire Ladâ€™
â€˜The Generous Gardenerâ€™
â€˜Lady Emma Hamiltonâ€™
â€˜Lady of Shalottâ€™
24 Gold Medals
Worldâ€™s Favorite Rose 2009
Worldâ€™s Favorite Rose 2009Â ‘GrahamÂ Thomas’
Award of Garden Excellence
Technical Significance of English Roses
David Austin settled on the name for his creations
by evoking the fact that the Scots had their own roses and so did the French,
so why not the English. This brilliant marketing plan helped capitulated his
varieties into prominence.
The progenitor of â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ was born in 1961
from a cross of a 1845 Hybrid Gallica, â€˜Belle Isisâ€™ with a 20th century
Floribunda, â€˜Dainty Maidâ€™. That rose was named â€˜Constance Spryâ€™ appropriately
assigned the international registered codename â€˜AUSfirstâ€™. The significance of
that cross between what was a non recurrent flowering Gallica as seed parent
and a repeat flowering modern Floribunda as pollen parent hopefully would
combine the delicate charm, form and bouquet of an old garden rose with the
habit and repeat flowering inherited from a modern rose – at that time an
unconventional approach to rose breeding!
But the cross was not completely successful in
ensuring repeat flowering for â€˜Constance Spryâ€™ was at best only summer
flowering. Then in 1967 Austin introduced another summer flowering shrub
â€˜Chiantiâ€™ hybridized using as seed parent the 1948 prize winning Floribunda
â€˜Dusky Maidenâ€™ with the pollen parent the Hybrid Gallica â€˜Tuscanyâ€™. And again
in 1968 Austin introduced another cross between an old garden rose and a modern
repeat flowering variety, â€˜Shropshire Lassâ€™ born from â€˜Madame Butterflyâ€™, a
classic 1918 early Hybrid Tea with â€˜Madame Legras de St Germainâ€™, an 1846 Alba.
Alas they too were only summer flowering.
With this triumvirate of potential genetic
material, Austin finally developed the first varieties that were indeed repeat
flowering but markedly inherited the charm, elegance, fragrance and form of
garden roses. They were the â€˜Wife of Bathâ€™ and â€˜Canterburyâ€™. Having been forced
to read â€œThe Canterbury Talesâ€ by Chaucer in school, most scholars can only
recollect that the Wife of Bath was a most unattractive lady with perhaps a
front tooth missing or at least a very large space between her front teeth.
Hardly an appropriate name for such a lovely rose! In producing this rose
Austin has used an early 1890 Hybrid Tea, â€˜Madame Caroline Testoutâ€™ as seed
parent with pollen derived from the cross of â€˜Ma Perkinsâ€™ with â€˜Constance
Spryâ€™. Similarly â€˜Canterburyâ€™ with recurrent flowering capability and old
garden elegance was the result of the seed parentage of a cross between
â€˜Moniqueâ€™ (a 1949 Hybrid Tea) and â€˜Constance Spryâ€™.
At this juncture David coined
the term â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ to symbolize a new breed of roses, not a new
classification for they were shrubs under the existing international
registration scheme. By the time â€˜Graham Thomasâ€™ and â€˜Mary Roseâ€™ were
introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1983, â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ had gained
acceptance and popularity throughout the world. Since that time David Austin
has introduced over 200 varieties. This marketing strategy was nothing less
than a brilliant idea which captured the attention of the rose
Properties of an â€œEnglish Roseâ€
1. A Beautiful Flower
The form and brilliance of the blooms is cloned
directly from Old Garden Roses retaining their best qualities. They may be
cupped, quartered, or rosette shaped and come in an attractive array of
delightful colors, mostly pastels although there are a few stunning dark reds,
with many small petals that the light tends to bounce off and be forever
captured within the flower itself.
2. Pleasing Growth Habit
Plants have a natural shrub-like growth that blends
into the overall garden display without overpowering other companion plants. On
the contrary, they create that perfect English garden look oozing with
tranquility and passive ambiance.
3. Attractive Foliage
Behind every great flower is great foliage and
â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ are no exception to that concept.
4. Wonderful Array of Fragrances
Outwardly â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ are first noticed for
their elegant and delicate charm. But the smell quickly seduces the gardener to
their inner intense power. The fragrance range stretches from Tea Rose
fragrance to Musk to Myrrh and to many different fruit flavors adding to their
overall popularity and acceptance.
5. As Cut Flowers
Every gardener has a desire to bring the fruits of
their labors into the home rather than allow the weather to cut short the life
of their roses. â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ amplify that urge while providing even the
amateur flower arranger a golden opportunity to create beauty within the home.
This aspect of â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ as cut flowers has spawned a new sales activity
within David Austin Roses, that of providing the florist trade and the
public the ability to purchase certain varieties tested to be long lasting with
overnight service. This activity has caused a sensation as the cut roses have
become very desirable and special as personal gifts, to adorn wedding events,
and have featured prominently in celebrations such as the most prestigious
Postscript from the Author
The sad part of this great story is that while David Austin has been recognized with various honors for his work, â€œEnglish Rosesâ€ still remain classified as Shrubs by the International Registrar for Roses. For such a wonderful and widely accepted groups of evolutionary roses the stigma of the word â€œShrubâ€ does not do justice to the superlative work of David Austin. Efforts were made at the recent World Rose Convention in Copenhagen in July 2018 to recommend a new classification recognizing David Austinâ€™s work as Hybrid Austinii based on the historical precedence of the existing group known as Hybrid kordesii. After all the classification scheme currently adopted is a mixture of both botanical names and popular commercial selling names. The proposal failed to be adopted and so prevented a formal recommendation to the international registrar, the American Rose Society. Perhaps some day in the not too distant future, the rose world will finally recognized the true significance of this evolutionary development in the history of the rose. But for the moment we must be content to call them Shrubs but can constantly remind the world they are ‘English Roses’.
The David Austin Rose Garden at Albrighton, Englandï»¿
The garden started life in 1969 as stock beds for sourcing propagation material but visitors wanting to see a particular rose in flower were shown these roses and the garden gradually grew with the size of the nursery. Initially it was just the Long Garden, with a wide of different varieties â€“ David Austinâ€™s English Roses, Old Roses, Modern Shrub Roses. Species and many climbers and ramblers trained up the pillars and along the wooden beams connecting them.
Next came the Victorian Garden
with beds in concentric circles filled with English Roses, repeat flowering Old
Roses and climbing roses trained over arches. The Lion Garden has had a number
of different guises over the years and is currently a mix of English Roses, Old
Garden Roses and perennials with the surrounding walls covered with Climbers.
The magnificent stone lion carved by David Austinâ€™s late wife Pat Austin lives
at the far end.
The Renaissance Garden used to
be the site of the original breeding greenhouses over 30 years ago. New ones
were built on the other side of the hedge so this area is purely for David
Austinâ€™s English Roses. There is a central canal with a very distinctive
crenulated double border on each side. The roses here are pruned quite hard and
so stay quite short as opposed to the much more informal beds towards the
outside with curved paths and lightly pruned roses.
Right at the top of the garden
is an area dedicated to Species roses and their near hybrids underplanted with
early flowering daffodils and narcissi. The final garden is separate from the
main area; it is an acre paddock of true Species roses, the aim being to plant
as many as possible of the 160 or so thought to exist. So far there are over
100 and very splendid they look in the summer with the flowers and in the
autumn with the hips.
The main garden covers 1.5
acres and contains about 5,500 roses and several hundred perennials. The first
flowers are seen in late April or early May with the early species like R.
sericea pteracantha, R. hugonis and the Banksias. It is at its truly
magnificent best usually from mid-June for about 6 weeks and then again in
September into October and even November.
Naming Logic to Austin VarietiesÂ
With an appreciation of literature and history,
David Austin gave such memorable names to his roses as â€˜Charles Darwinâ€™ (with
yellow cupped blooms), â€˜James Galwayâ€™ (a climber with dense pink rosettes),
â€˜Dame Judi Denchâ€™ (orange blooms with ruffled petals) and â€˜Roald Dahlâ€™ (whose
orange-red buds open up to peach rosettes).
Some varieties were named after people whom Austin
admired including â€˜Mary Webbâ€™, â€˜Benjamin Brittenâ€™, â€˜Edward Elgarâ€™, â€˜Charles
Rennie Mackintoshâ€™, and â€˜Darcey Russellâ€™, while others had a sense of mischief
such as â€˜Fishermanâ€™s Friendâ€™, â€˜Teasing Georgiaâ€™, and â€˜Queen Nefertitiâ€™.
His early varieties, which he cleverly christened
â€œEnglish Rosesâ€, often had Chaucerian names such as â€œThe Friarâ€™, â€˜The Aquireâ€™,
â€˜The Prioressâ€™ and â€˜The Canterburyâ€™. Yet it was not until 1983, when he
introduced â€˜Graham Thomasâ€™, a bushy rose with cup-shaped, rich yellow scented
blooms, and â€˜Mary Roseâ€™, a delicious pink with a classic old-rose fragrance
that they really made their mark, taking roses out of the rose garden and into
the mixed border where they have since become signature plants in innumerable
herbaceous planting schemes
David Austin had an early propensity to name many
varieties after characters from The Canterbury Tales such as â€˜The Friarâ€™, â€˜The
Prioressâ€™, â€˜The Yeomanâ€™, â€˜Canterbury and â€˜The Wife of Bathâ€™, his family members
and historical icons. Shakespearean characters were represented by â€˜Prosperoâ€™,
â€˜Cressidaâ€™, â€˜Wise Portiaâ€™. From Thomas Hardy novels the varieties were â€˜Tess of
the dâ€™Urbervillesâ€™, â€˜Mayor of Casterbridgeâ€™, â€˜Jude the Obscureâ€™.
Commissions from various businesses and charities:
â€˜Evelynâ€™, â€˜Financial Times Centenaryâ€™, â€˜Radio Timesâ€™. David also also named
them after friends, relatives, and famous English horticultural figures: â€˜Geoff
Hamiltonâ€™, â€˜Charles Austinâ€™, â€˜Lillian Austinâ€™, â€˜Pat Austinâ€™, â€˜Graham Thomasâ€™,
& â€˜Gertrude Jekyllâ€™.
The choice of â€˜Robert Burnsâ€™, the Scottish poet, was pleasing especially coming from an Englishman! Other European hybridizers were somewhat slow to recognize the evolution of roses created by David Austin, but soon quickly realized their sales potential and emulated his work and developed their own versions of Davidâ€™s pioneer work. They choose such generic groups names as â€œRenaissanceâ€, â€œRomanticasâ€, ‘Generosas’, and ‘Country Roses’.
Memories of David C. H. Austin
Credit: The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of David Austin Roses for providing access and use of certain images
David Austin Roses Announced: “It is with great sadness that the Austin family announces the passing of David C. H. Austin Snr OBE VMH, rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses. David Snr died peacefully at his home in Shropshire, in the U.K on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92.” If you would like to share your memories and condolences with David Austin Roses, please email them to: email@example.com
The Father of English Rosesï»¿
“He will be remembered as one of the greatest rosarians and rose breeders of all time who is responsible for creating the worldâ€™s first horticultural brand. With over 240 varieties to his name, he was still absolutely passionate about developing new varieties of English Roses until the very end. He died already knowing what the future may hold, having planned and undertaken the next crosses, which will hopefully create a new rose that will be introduced in nine yearsâ€™ time.” David Austin Roses
Garden Legends Live On By Designs & Impressions They Leave on The Earth | Our Hearts and Mindsï»¿
According to Shropshire Star reporter Rory Smith, David Austin Junior, son and managing director of the company for the last 25 years said: â€œMy Father â€“ or Mr A as he was affectionately known within the wider Austin family â€“ was a remarkable man.
The article goes on to state: “His presence will be sorely missed within the global family company that he created. But the passion he instilled will continue and we will hold true to my fatherâ€™s vision when he founded the company almost 50 years ago.”
“His love for the art of rose breeding was truly inspiring â€“ he loved nothing more than seeing the pleasure that his roses gave to others.
The company said although it would be a difficult time for the family, the business would continue as usual.
“We will continue to honour Mr Austin Snrâ€™s memory with vigour and passion in all that we do and in the plants that we love,” they said.
The Shropshire Star article went on to state that David Austin Roses said: “Our success is very much built on our family’s values and ethics and we have no plans to change this. And in the future a special rose could be bred in his name.”
“It is difficult to contemplate a rose that justifies Mr Austin Snrâ€™s name as this would suggest that his ambition had been reached. It is, however, something we would very much like to do in time.”
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