The rosary of David Austin.

For more than 25 years now, I have David Austin roses in my garden. These roses are healthy and flower repeating and have the looks of old-fashioned roses. For that reason they belong to my favourite group of roses. It has been a long-cherished wish of mine, to visit the David Austin rosary. (Albrighton, England).

Since in August most roses are not in flower is this month is not the best to visit a rosary. On the other hand, it is a perfect opportunity to see which roses still flower in this time of the year.

As we arrive at the rosary it's sunny. I notice immediately that the garden is on a windy spot. Good for the air circulation. Hundreds of roses are planted in the rosary. They grow on pergolas and in long borders. All roses look tip top; they are neatly trimmed and have healthy leaves. About 10% of the roses is in bloom. Easy to make a shortlist.

In search of advice I address one of the gardeners and ask which of the roses on my list are the best. "Is ‘The Lady Gardener’ a good choice”? "Pretty good," he says. "And The Herbalist?" "Not too bad," he replies. What a diplomat he is! After some gently persuasion he named 'The Poet's Wife' and 'Wollerton Old Hall’ as possible highlights.

Walking through the nursery where plenty the roses are for sale, I have to resist my greed. A thorny rose in the back seat is not a good idea!

Finally my husband and I go for a cup of tea in the tearoom. The tea is served in the beautiful David Austin tableware. It is a perfect match.

And that delicious piece of pie? Well, that I cannot resist!

The nursery. There are a lot of roses for sale.

The rosary. All roses looked heathy.

Water and roses, beautiful.

The gardener, he turned out to be a diplomat!

Some of the roses that flowers in August:

Winchester Cathedral.

The Poet's Wife


Olivia Rose Austin

Mary Rose

The Lady Gardener

The Herbalist. One of my favorite!

Tea time!


  1. All that beauty and tea as well? What a treat!
    Thank you for sharing at

  2. I love roses and the photos are beautiful. Wish I could visit gardens in England and have roses in Florida.

  3. Beautiful garden and marvellous roses, Hetty! That cake looks great too...
    Thank you for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme, I look forward to your next contribution.

  4. Beautiful roses in so many colours. And to end it with this delicious lunch. What a special visit.


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