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Your opinion please on the most beautiful, valuable old Austins

posted by: ingrid_vc on 05.10.2008 at 05:08 pm in Antique Roses Forum

I think most of us would agree that many of the older Austins have been relegated to the back burner, sometimes justly so and sometimes rather inexplicably. I'd like to have your opinions on which older Austins are still wonderful for you, with special emphasis on those that are good rebloomers. Please also feel free to comment on those that you consider the worst. For me that would be Canterbury, a spindly shrub whose flowers were much too large for it and clumsy-looking for a semidouble flower. Mary Rose was pretty but thorny in an annoying way and shattered much too quickly. Happy Child just didn't excite me.

My two favorites are Abraham Darby and Cottage Rose. I've been really pleased with the constant rebloom on Cottage Rose and the charming "cottagy" and informal look of its flowers. Abraham Darby almost needs no comments; I think it will stand the test of time.

I look forward to everyone's opinions. Pictures of course would also be wonderful.

Thanks,

Ingrid

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