David Austin Garden Roses – 2017

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David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses Website

Garden Roses By Alexandra Farms

Romantic Antike & Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Romantic Antike & Princess Aiko

For my recent floral design class in Colorado I received a beautiful variety of garden roses from the fabulous Alexandra Farms.
The roses were received via Garden Roses Direct and I was very, very pleased with the packing they provided. The roses arrived in great condition and opened just right for my class. I did work with Sandy at Garden Roses Direct and she helped me figure out which day I should receive the roses so that they have time to open nicely for the class. Timing with garden roses is so important as many of them take a few days to open up fully, especially the darker colors like David Austin Tess & Darcey.

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you’ll know that I adore David Austin Garden Roses, who doesn’t?! For my late summer inspired color palette I ordered David Austin’s Edith, Tess, Darcey, Juliet and Beatrice. From this selection of garden roses Sandy suggested I also try Candlelight, Princess Aiko & Princess Sakura, Sunset, Fiction, Romantic Antike, Caramel Antike, and Red Piano.
Seriously, the most luscious and gorgeous selection of garden roses for my lucky students!!

Here are up-close photos of these beauties:

Candlelight Garden Rose; a lovely light coloring of gold and peach and a great accent rose to some of the richer, brighter garden roses like Sunset. Opens up to a nice size and great for centerpieces.

Candlelight - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Candlelight

Candlelight - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Candlelight

 

David Austin Beatrice; she stole my heart! Rich golden blooms, super ruffly and full. She was a showstopper!

Beatrice by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin Beatrice

David Austin Beatrice - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Beatrice

Beatrice by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin Beatrice and Caramel Antike

 

David Austin Edith; sweet and pretty one. Blends nicely with Beatrice and Juliet. She has so much range in colors that she really pairs well with many other roses and offers a great coloring for autumn color palettes. Heck, see here how pretty she looks with Darcey!

Edith by David Austin Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Edith

Darcey & Edith by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Darcey & Edith

 

David Austin Darcey; speaking of Darcey! You can see above how nicely she pairs with Edith. A great dark Raspberry coloring on this garden rose. This is one of the darker colored David Austin Roses that needs a few extra days to open fully. My experience is that it can take 4-5 days for this one to fully bloom open and this is out of the cooler. I usually process and keep my garden roses out of the cooler until they open to that pristine & perfect bloom and then place into the cooler until I need them for the arrangements.

David Austin Darcey - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Darcey

Princess Aiko, David Austin Darcey & Edith - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko, David Austin Darcey, and Edith

 

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko; ok, let’s talk about these two princesses!! I heard about these two while at Alexandra Farm’s display booth at IFTF last two Novembers when touring the show with Joost of Florabundance.
The Farm’s owner, Joey, introduced me to these two lovely roses and I instantly gushed! They are full, luscious, peachy garden roses and they work gloriously with David Austin’s Juliet! Princess Aiko has a touch more color to it and tends towards a brighter peach and pink. Princess Sakura is a bit more subtle and lighter in colors of peach and pink.

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Sakura & Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko Garden Rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Aiko

Princess Sakura - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Princess Sakura

 

David Austin Juliet; I’ve always felt this is the rose that created the peach craze that started with brides and has been a strongly desired color palette for the past 6-7 years. She seemed to appear on wedding blogs around 2009/10 and has taken a stronghold ever since, who else agrees? Not that I’m the least bit surprised – this rose is perfection. It’s the perfect and most wonderful peach flower!

David Austin Juliet - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Juliet

 

Romantic Antike; if you are looking for a big rose be sure to check out this one! She offers a full blossom! Gorgeous dusty pink-

Romantic Antike Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Romantic Antike

 

Sunset; this rose ties together the various roses above to pull of a fabulous autumn palette – rich, bright, ruffly, big blossom. A perfect blender of colors and/or gorgeous as a stand alone rose in an arrangement. I appreciated its big blossom in our centerpieces-

Sunset Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Sunset

 

David Austin Tess, always one of my favorite dark red roses. When anyone asks me ‘what should I use for a burgundy garden rose’ I blurt out – DA TESS! My top picture here makes it look a bit more bright red than it actually is in person. I’m posting this one so you can see the ruffles of the petals. In person it is a darker red and more like the color shown in the second photo-

David Austin Tess - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Tess

Tess by David Austin - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

David Austin – Tess

 

Fiction, I saved one of my favorites for the end of the post! Sandy had suggested Fiction and I had not seen or heard of this one. When I saw it in person I was immediately smitten. Big blooms are surrounded by two buds — eek! Golden yellow with orange/red tips. love love love. I want this one in all my future bright summer and fall designs.

Fiction garden rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Fiction

Fiction Garden Rose - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Fiction

 

Red Piano; a brighter Red than David Austin Tess. The shape you see here is about the max of what this rose will open up to, this picture was taken after I had it for a week and this is it. I really like the rounded shape and would definitely use it in future floral designs. One of my friend’s wanted it to open more, but that wasn’t going to happen! Meanwhile, a client saw this rose being prepared for the class and she asked that it be added into her daughter’s wedding flowers – so it definitely sold itself!

Red Piano Garden Roses - Alexandra Roses Via Garden Roses Direct

Red Piano

 

Again, I was absolutely thrilled with all of these roses. They all offer so much with their color ranges and size of blooms. All of the roses were grown by Alexandra Farms and shipped via Garden Roses Direct. Many of the roses were David Austin Garden Roses.

Designed by Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs

One of the arrangements I created with the Garden roses and various other flowers & textures.

Wedding Wednesday :: David Austin Garden Roses

Today’s wedding wednesday inspiration focuses on bouquets and arrangements with David Austin Roses. Not all roses seen in these designs are David Austin, but each design has at least one of the 12 varieties.

Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design

Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design

Flirty Fleurs Workshop + David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

A Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class where David Austin Garden Roses are the featured flower – the room is filled with the heavenly scent of these beauties, the designers attending the workshop are excited to work with these gorgeous blooms. Oh my, we had so many roses to play with and the designers could use as many as they wished (I could also use as many as I wished in an arrangement for myself!). To top it all off, an amazing photographer who specializes in flower photography happens to reside right here in Seattle and luckily for us she was able to stop by and photograph the arrangements. Thank you, Georgianna Lane, for these lovely shots capturing student’s work –

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Breanna

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Keita

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Molly

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Oriana

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Sabrina

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Sandy

I find it amazing how six students (I keep my class size small on purpose to make sure each attendee receives plenty of attention) can be given the same foliages and flowers to select from and will each design a completely original design. Truly enjoyed this floral design workshop and spending time with these lovely ladies!

David Austin Roses http://davidaustinrosesusa.com
Grown by Alexandra Farms http://www.alexandrafarms.com
Photographed by Georgianna Lane http://georgiannalane.com

David Austin Garden Roses

Carey, Darcey, Tess, Kate, Edith, Beatrice, Juliet, Constance, Patience, Miranda, Keira and Charity David Austin Garden Roses

Carey, Darcey, Tess, Kate, Edith, Beatrice, Juliet, Constance, Patience, Miranda, Keira and Charity


 
Garden roses. The words evoke memories of a beloved grandmother’s garden, filled with soft, show-stopping roses that smelled like heaven. Nostalgia for these gorgeous, old-fashioned blooms has meant a huge surge in the popularity of garden roses in the bridal market and all signs indicate that they’re here to stay.

David Austin Roses are the epitome of the English garden rose and are highly sought after for their beauty. Twelve cut varieties are bred specifically for floral designers and are available in the North American market, in shades of red, hot pink, pink, peach, yellow, and white.

We worked with those 12 varieties in a recent Floral Design Class here in Seattle, Washington: Beatrice, Carey, Charity, Constance, Darcey, Edith, Juliet, Kate, Keira, Miranda, Patience, and Tess. Today on the blog we are featuring the David Austin Garden Roses as part of our Rose Study Series. As with all Flirty Fleurs rose studies, the roses here were processed into clean water. No hydrating solutions or flower foods were used and all flowers were kept at room temperature and not in a cooler. I did speak with Eleanor of David Austin Roses and she informed me that the guard petals should not be removed as they are tougher petals which helps the rose to open to its full cupped garden rose form and prevents the bloom from shattering. Although I did mention above that I did not use any flower food while processing the roses, Eleanor did mention that they recommend using Chrysal’s Rose Food.

Here are our notes:

Beatrice Yellow David Austin Garden Rose

Beatrice

Beatrice
Vase life: 7 days, peak at 4–5 days
A beautiful, rich golden yellow hue for this ruffly-petal garden rose. Beatrice is a slow opener with a slight scent. The bloom itself is a bit on the petite size, so keep that in mind when ordering this rose – you may want to order extra stems to ensure you’ll have enough to make a statement.

 
 

Carey Rose David Austin

Carey

Carey
Vase life: 5–6 days
A solid dark pink coloring on each petal, Carey opens into a perfect buttercup garden rose shape. Carey is smaller than her ‘sister’ Miranda and nowhere near as showy. Shows consistent color throughout a 12-stem bunch. The darkest pink of the David Austin cut varieties.

 
 

Charity David Austin Rose

Charity

Charity
Vase life: 3–4 days, peak at 3 days.
A large, lovely blush pink rose with a wide-open, green-eyed center, which adds a unique touch. I highly recommend keeping this one in the cooler until you are ready to design with her, she’s finicky and opens quickly. Charity is quite an eye-catcher and worth the work, just handle with a kind hand and take care of this one!

 
 

Constance David Austin

Constance

Constance
Vase life: 5–6 days
Constance is a good-sized rose, although shallow, that will open fully and show its center. The petals are lovely, swirly ruffles. The colors in a bunch can really range from blush pink to a brighter pink. This rose appears to be one of the favorites when I talk with other designers – they are drawn to the perfect rounded garden rose shape and sweet blush-pink coloring.

 
 

Darcey David Austin Garden Rose

Darcey

Darcey
Vase life: 7 days. Peak at 4–5.
One of two hot pink David Austin roses, Darcey is smaller than Kate, and a deeper magenta-crimson color. Darcey is a slow opener, but will open wide and show its center at its peak. Give this rose a few days out of the cooler to really bloom to its full size. It is a long lasting rose, just like Tess & Kate – a good two weeks out of the cooler.

 
 

Edith David Austin Garden Rose

Edith

Edith
Vase life: 5–6 days, peak at 3–4
Edith is a large bloom with complex coloring: touches of gold, peach and rose tones all in one bloom. She plays well with others because of her coloring, which can pull toward autumn tones. Significant color variation in the 12-stem bunch. Slight scent.

 
 

Juliet David Austin Garden Rose

Juliet

Juliet
Vase life: 5 days
Juliet is a favorite rose in bridal work for her beautiful peach tones. A beautifully cupped rose. These particular Juliets came from Alexandra Farms, which is a lighter peach. I have noticed that if I receive Juliets from Green Valley that they are a darker, warm peach.

 
 

Kate David Austin Garden Rose

Kate

Kate
Vase life: 7 days
Kate is the other hot pink David Austin. She’s a lush raspberry hot pink into magenta rose blossom that opens nicely, nearly double the size of Darcey. Kate is a long lasting bloom. I’d suggest keeping her out of the cooler so she can open into a full bloom for your design work.

 
 

Keira David Austin Garden Rose

Keira

Keira
Vase life: 4–5 days
Keira is a perfectly cupped-shape rosette whose petals blend from blush pink to cream to light pink. Significant range of colors in a 12-stem bunch of Keira: some tend to be more pink, some more blush. Not a large rose, more delicate and beautifully suited to bouquet work. A slight scent.

 
 

Miranda David Austin Garden Roses

Miranda

Miranda
Vase life: 5–6 days
The perfect pink garden rose, Miranda is a strong and hearty bloom, by far the strongest of the pinks. Opens to be a very large rose, nearly three inches – the largest of the David Austin cut varieties. Great, solid pink color on all petals.

 
 

Patience David Austin Garden Roses

Patience

Patience
Vase life: 3–4 days. An event rose.
A lovely, silky, creamy white color, Patience has an intoxicating scent. Patience tends to brown easily and has a delicate neck, so she requires tender handling. This particular variety should be kept in the cooler, otherwise it may open to quickly for your event. I find it best to let it sit out for a day to hydrate and open up and then I place it in the cooler to keep it at a premium stage.

 
 

Tess David Austin Garden Rose

Tess

Tess
Vase life: 7days
A rich, dark, velvety red, Tess is the answer to your red garden rose needs. A strong and hearty bloom.
Keep in mind that Tess needs a few days to really bloom open, it took 4-5 days for it to open to the stage where I felt it really showed off its full beauty. It was also a very long lasting rose – a good two weeks.

 
 

Pink David Austin Garden Roses Carey, Constance, Miranda, Keira, Charity

Carey, Constance, Miranda, Keira, Charity

L-R - Beatrice, Edith, Tess, Darcey, Kate, Patience, Juliet, Charity, Keira, Carey, Constance and Miranda

L-R – Beatrice, Edith, Tess, Darcey, Kate, Patience, Juliet, Charity, Keira, Carey, Constance and Miranda

 
 
David Austin Garden Roses
http://davidaustinrosesusa.com
All of the David Austin Garden Roses featured here were grown by Alexandra Farms.

Tomorrow I will feature the arrangements we created with these beautiful David Austin Garden Roses during the Floral Design Class.

David Austin Red & Magenta Roses

David Austin Garden Roses: Tess, Darcey and Kate

David Austin Garden Rose - Darcey

Darcey
Vase life: 7 days. Peak at 4–5.
One of two hot pink David Austin roses, Darcey is smaller than Kate, and a deeper magenta-crimson color. Darcey is a slow opener, but will open wide and show its center at its peak.

David Austin Garden Rose - Kate

Kate
Vase life: 7 days
Kate is the other hot pink David Austin. She’s a lush raspberry hot pink into magenta rose blossom that opens nicely, nearly double the size of Darcey.

David Austin Garden Rose - Tess

Tess
Vase life: 7days
A rich, dark, velvety red, Tess is the answer to your red garden rose needs. A strong and hearty bloom.

David Austin Garden Roses

Fleur Friday

David Austin Garden Display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Happy Fleur Friday Flower Friends!
Well, here’s the last glimpse from my epic England trip ~ a parting shot of David Austin’s Display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I sure hope you enjoyed all the photos from England!
It was a great trip, albeit I could have used another day or two to run around and visit more shops. Isn’t that always the way? Could always use another day or two…
I am really happy with what an amazing trip it was and thankful for all the fantastic experiences.

As for next week – we are back to “normal programming” here on Flirty Fleurs! Fabulous Florist Interviews, Wedding Wednesday, the Q&A Series returns on Thursday and maybe, just maybe a book giveaway coming up .. be sure to check in for details.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend and all of you with weddings – hope your events go smoothly!

Ohhh… one more thing before I sign off for the weekend — for those of you in Oregon or Washington! Florabundance will be in Portland next week and hosting a Flower Happy Hour. Francoise Weeks & I are planning on attending, hope to see you there! Here are the details:

florabundance in portland

Visiting David Austin Garden Roses in England

Gift Shop at David Austin Roses

The entrance to the gift shop and the rose gardens

This, this happened! My friend and I took a drive out into the English countryside to visit the amazing David Austin Roses! Can you just imagine?! David Austin is located just outside the town of Wolverhampton, which is about 2.5 hours north of London. Emma was up for a drive and so off we were for a weekend in the country!
Arriving at David Austin Roses was quite exciting, as we drove into the property roses could be seen in every direction. We started with a tour throughout every bit of the gardens. So perfectly and amazingly laid out. Not all the roses were in bloom, I’d say in about 3 weeks they’ll be in full bloom. That was ok, we were still able to see plenty of beauties in bloom and appreciate the gorgeous garden design. We stopped for a bit in the tea room, enjoying some cappuccinos and scones with clotted cream! A true English treat! Afterwards we perused the nursery and selected a phenomenal Graham Thomas Yellow Garden Rose for Emma’s garden. It was truly a special & perfect day!

Tea Room at David Austin Garden Roses

The entrance to the Tea Room

David Austin Garden Path

Yellow Climbing Rose seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Beautiful Garden space seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Hot Pink Rose

Wisteria in bloom at David Austin Rose Gardens, England.

The beautiful William Morris Climbing rose at David Austin Rose Gardens in England.

The beautiful William Morris Climbing rose.

William Morris Auswill English Climbing Rose

William Morris
Auswill
English Climbing Rose

Darcey Bussell Ausdecorum English Rose New for 2006

Darcey Bussell
Ausdecorum
English Rose New for 2006

Entrance to the David Austin Tea Room

Lovely display at the entrance to the Tea Room, yes we enjoyed tea & scones.

Peach Garden Rose

St Swithun Auswith English Old Rose Hybrid

St Swithun
Auswith
English Old Rose Hybrid

Garden statue seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Graham Thomas English Garden Rose

Graham Thomas English Garden Rose

pink climbing rose seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Peach Garden Roses

David Austin Long Walkway

orange garden roses seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Hot Pink Garden Rose

David Austin Garden Roses

Greenhouse full of roses seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

These were behind the privacy gates, they offer a little peek window to see the greenhouses.

greenhouse seen at David Austin Rose Gardens, England

Hot Pink Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Path

Olivia Rose Austin Ausmixture English Leander Hybrid New for 2014

Olivia Rose Austin
Ausmixture
English Leander Hybrid New for 2014

Port Sunlight Auslofty English Musk Hybrid

Port Sunlight
Auslofty
English Musk Hybrid

David Austin Yellow Climbing Rose

David Austin Victorian Garden

Pale Pink Garden Roses

Production area at David Austin Rose Gardens

David Austin Pink Rose

David Austin Pink Garden Rose

David Austin Pink Climber Rose

And now a visual tour of the plant nursery, so many beautiful plants to select from for your garden!

David Austin Nursery

For all your plant collectors .. the nursery at David Austin is beyond amazing! I wanted everything..

Nursery at David Austin Roses

Another shot of the nursery

David Austin Roses

The nursery section.. oh the options!

David Austin Clematis in Bloom

Peeking over the fence at the rose production area.

Peeking over the fence at the rose production area.