I've not presented the Bard much on the blog yet, despite the fact that this is my favorite of David Austin's red roses. Grown well, the lush quartering, large blooms, deep, rich crimson colour, and full old rose fragrance make it one of the most superb of roses.
This bush was planted at the same time as the other David Austin varieties, but in a different location - namely, a small planter in the front patio. I had so longed to see a deep red rose there. But I am learning that the front patio is perhaps the toughest location on our property, more of a heat sink than anything else. I hadn't expected this with its northern exposure and shade-producing (and heat-reflecting?) walls on all sides. But most plants find it difficult there, and roses particularly tend to have trouble with spider mites. So Will, having recovered from a combined attack of mites and aphids, shall soon be relocated to the garden; I have just the spot...
In the meantime, he is recovered enough to put out some blooms: small, yes, but it's thrilling to see them coming finally! I cut one open blossom and one bud for today's vase. Then I added the scarlet equivilent to their crimson, the colour supplied by my faithful Russelia. A few stems of Salvia greggii "Flame" (almost invisible in these photos) and the silver foliage of Convolvulus cneorum completed the effect in my small-mouthed earthenware pot.
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