New David Austin roses

Silas Marner (Ausraveloe)



Named for the unassuming, reclusive yet kindhearted hero of Eliot’s classic novel, Silas Marner (Ausraveloe) is an unfussy rose of soft mid pink, bearing petals which are pale on the reverse and fade at the edges. Held on red stems, the medium-sized cupped blooms have relaxed, almost ruffled petals set around an attractive button eye. Flanked by glossy, dark green foliage, the rose is enhanced by a medium-strong Old Rose fragrance, with accents of fruity lemon, green banana and apricot. A very healthy, abundant variety with good repeat flowering, Silas Marner forms a medium-sized shrub of arching growth.

The Country Parson



Paying tribute to Woodforde’s acclaimed narrative – an informal yet richly insightful account of the daily life of a late 18th century English clergyman - The Country Parson (Ausclergy) is a pretty yet feisty rose of Scottish decent, bearing fully open, medium-large, almost flat rosettes of pure yellow. Appearing translucent towards the outer edges of each bloom, the petals create a ‘halo’ effect. Featuring greyish green leaves and a covering of modest spiny thorns, this tough little rose is softened by a medium-strong fragrance; a fruity blend of sweet apricot, green apple and honey, with apricot notes. A robust and healthy variety, it forms a rounded small to medium sized shrub, giving continuous, plentiful blooms from June through to the first frosts.
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  • Either of those take your fancy rose gang?
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 550
    Thanks for the update @Mr. Vine Eye Silas looks rather nice...the parson looks a bit pale and reminds me how much I dislike organised religion 😂 what do you think of them?
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  • Both look nice to me. Silas Marner stands out a bit more. But they look too similar to roses that I already have.

    I don’t think I’ll be getting either of them, which is a shame. I was hoping to be tempted to buy one of the new ones, just so I had a brand new one.
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 464
    I like the button eye of Silas Marner. It looks like it's going to be a floriferous rose and it looks like it's going to be wider than tall, maybe good for pots or raised beds, cascading or arching down a bit. It would be nice to see more photos, including some of its growth habit.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 2,641
    ..thanks for putting these up Mr Vine Eye.. I wasn't expecting anything for another month or so... this is much earlier than usual... and only 2.. in fact really only 1 because the yellow rose, The Country Parson, was due for release last year but they could not propagate enough in time, so it was deferred to this year.... the description of ''little spiny thorns'' should be read as ''very prickly''... I heard this was the reason they couldn't get it released last year because it was too thorny to work with..

    ...however, most roses are thorny, so one gets used to it.... and I wouldn't want to put anybody off there.... I will be getting Silas Marner for sure, I've already got a place for it... it sounds like it's in the Scarborough Fair class for height and width and continuous trouble free blooming...and might get the other for a pot and see how that goes..  

    I like the term 'unfussy'... that works for me...
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 86
    They both look very similar to other David Austin roses to me.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 2,641
    ..yes I agree Jemula… I mean if you wanted a yellow rose with the same look as that one, you could get 'Charles Darwin'... which is probably better in lots of ways...
  • I like the look of both but I’m definitely disappointed with the new varieties this year as thought their would be at least 3 and I expected them to be really eye catching after the 2 last year!!
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,530
    Both very dense roses. Triples?
  • I was hoping for a new single rose.

    When I saw Silas Marner, my first thought was that it looks like a deeper pink version of Gentle Hermione and also the blooms look similar in colour and form to ones I had on Mortimer Sackler this year. Like a cross between the two.

    Gentle Hermione photo from DA website:



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