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djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

hi folks

can anyone ID this rose for me? all i know is that it's a david austin, about 2 years old. lost the ID tag for it so no idea what it is:



  • The photos not too brilliant, can you give us a short description, like thornless or not, single, semi or double flowers, serrated leaves? image

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    best get a close up of the flower head, most of david austins have very good pictures of the heads, should be easy then.

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211


    is this photo any better? i dont have a close up sadly (leaves have since fallen off) ...

    but to confirm the questions: its thorned, and im pretty sure the leaves are not serrated (or if they are, they are very tiny)

    is there a general pruning rule you can apply to this type of rose - assume it would be classified as a bush/shrub rose? it flowers around july-october so would it be ok to prune it around about now?

    also with regards to pruning, this year a whole new set of stems grew up from the middle of the plant - nice green coloured, and the older stems on the outside are darker/woodier. which do you chop and how far down?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,056

    I can't find a crimson/dark pink single or even semi-double bush-type rose on the DA website, and although the photo isn't clear the flowers don't look single to me image

    At a wild guess it might be Darcy Bussell but that is just a guess, based on colour, habit and the fact that it's recommended for containers. 

    Prune as for English roses instructions here - as we've not had a cold snap yet I'd wait until  the end of Feb/early March this year.  Prune the older growth a bit harder than the young growth.

     I would also repot it at the same time, using John Innes No 3 - make sure the draining hole isn't blocked.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

    hi - another photo - sadly not a close up of the flower but a closer view still than those above ...


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,056

    Sorry, unless we can clearly see the form of the bloom we can do nothing except make a guess - maybe we'll have to wait until it blooms again.  

    But don't let lack of identification hold you back from pruning and potting on as I suggested, end of Feb/beg of March I think this year, as we must be due some cold weather soon. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

    hi, great thanks. it was the pruning and care for it that i was looking for really so as youve answered that im happy image

  • Hi,

    would it be worth contacting David Austen themselves? they may have a record of your order or at least be better able to ID it.

    I just logged into my crocus account and can see all past orders which is useful because I also mislay plant labels and often forget what i've planted esp. when they're dormant.

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