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The English Roses: Classic Favorites & New Selections [Hardcover]

David Austin
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Feb. 15 2006
Beloved for their beautiful pastel colors and their appealing fragrance, often enhanced by the hotter and more reliable summers of the U.S., English roses have been garden favorites for years. When he originated English roses, David Austin sought to combine the desirable flower forms and fragrance of old roses with the wide color range and repeat flowering of modern hybrids. To the delight of gardeners across the world, he was successful. Now, in his first book in more than ten years, Austin introduces 40 recently developed varieties in addition to 40 of his best-loved and time-tested favorites. Beautiful photographic portraits of each are complimented by notes on attributes, history, and special requirements for growing in the garden. Ideal for rose enthusiasts and gardeners.

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Austin achieved great success as a hybridizer of his so-called English Roses, which possess a combination of alluring traits found in antique varieties and modern hybrid teas. More than a decade has passed since his first guide to these cultivars, and Austin now explains the ancestry and qualities of his roses, presenting 80 roses in six subgroups that include more recent introductions. Only roses that have proven to be vigorous and disease free make the cut. Succinct descriptions sum each rose's attributes, from growing habits and overall shape to luscious fragrance, flower form, foliage, and origin of the plant's name. And breathtaking photographs illustrate the reasons English roses are beloved by gardeners everywhere. Rose lovers will find Austin's personal observations regarding the development of these exquisite flowers mesmerizing, while his candor regarding a rose's faults is noteworthy and will surely help a gardener select roses for any given situation or climate. Novices will appreciate a final chapter with useful tips on culture and maintenance. Alice Joyce
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Full-color illustrations will make you want to cut them out and frame them for a bright bedroom or an elegant dining-room wall. (Grand Rapids Press 2009-06-28)

Exquisite photographs. (Rob Mooy Kingston This Week 2009-06-18)

English Roses is a love letter to roses, written by David Austin, the Englishman who has been breeding new roses with old looks for decades. Breezily written and admiringly light on self-promotion, Austin's book is filled with beautiful close-ups of his roses and the old roses they are descended from. There's plant history for the serious rosarian, but gardeners who just like to dream as they peruse big pages filled with luscious photos also will enjoy the book. It's a fine tribute to a man who has spent his life bringing old-fashioned grace and perfume back to a plant that too often lost its scent and natural beauty as breeders pursued the perfect bloom. (Mary Jane Smetanka Minneapolis Star Tribune 2010-01-05)

This book practically leaped off the shelf into my arms. If you love roses, this truly is a sumptuous book! If you can recall David Austin's popular original book published in 1993 you will have some idea of what is in store in this newest offering. Not only is the subject matter superb, but the Howard Rice and Andrew Lawson photography is amazing... Drool. (Donald McClure Picton County Weekly News 2008-11-28)

Anyone with an affection for roses will be very pleased with David Austin's new book.... Encyclopedic in scope and somewhat literary....this book is basically everything you could want to know about English roses. (Ginny McGraw Washington Gardener 2009-10-00)

Austin achieved great success as a hybridizer of his so-called English Roses, which possess a combination of alluring traits found in antique varieties and modern hybrid teas.... [He] explains the ancestry and qualities of his roses, presenting 80 roses in six subgroups that include more recent introductions. Only roses that have proven to be vigorous and disease free make the cut. Succinct descriptions sum each rose's attributes, from growing habits and overall shape to luscious fragrance, flower form, foliage, and origin of the plant's name. And breathtaking photographs illustrate the reasons English roses are beloved by gardeners everywhere. Rose lovers will find Austin's personal observations regarding the development of these exquisite flowers mesmerizing, while his candor regarding a rose's faults is noteworthy and will surely help a gardener select roses for any given situation or climate. Novices will appreciate a final chapter with useful tips on culture and maintenance. (Alice Joyce Booklist 2008-01-00)

Gorgeous photographs. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 2009-01-00)

Roses truly are a sight to behold. Each one seems so unique, and they are all classified in this informative book, including their fragrances and appearance. It is the sheer number of roses that make the book all the more interesting... The English Roses is a great book for the occasional gardener or serious one. David Austen has created something amazing with his roses, just as he has done with this book. (Shelf Life 2009-06-00)

It would be easy to argue that no other individual has contributed more to modern roses than breeder extraordinaire David Austin. (Stephen Westcott-Gratton Metro (Toronto, Ottawa) 2009-06-11)

It would be easy to argue that no other individual has contributed more to modern roses than breeder extraordinaire David Austin. Here, he tells the tales of more than 80 of his English rose hybrids from the beginnings ('Constance Spry' 1961), up to and including several of his 2005 introductions (my favourite: Gentle Hermione). (Canadian Gardening 2010-06-08)

With The English Roses, David Austin has returned to the flower form of the Old Roses and has created and reintroduced many different rich fragrances. With their pleasing, shrubby habits of growth and their ability to flower continually throughout the summer, The English Roses are amongst the most beautiful and useful of garden flowers... any rose lover will be impressed with this book. What a beautiful book to have or to give as a gift! (I Can Garden.com 2008-01-00) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful roses, gorgeous book! April 20 2007
Format:Hardcover
David Austin's new book describes and displays every available variety of his stunning, fragrant roses. Anyone who has a garden, or wants to create one, should buy this book. Although I've grown Austin's English Roses for years, it gave me a lot of new information about their growth and cultivation. Highly recommended for rose lovers. Granted, you can buy 5 or 6 of the actual plants for the price of the book... But unless you get a paper cut, leafing through the book is a lot less painful than spring pruning!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money... March 25 2006
By MartaLovesAnimals - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As an avid collector of David Austin books and roses, I was very displeased with this over priced book. It's pretty much his older books just rehashed with a few more added roses. The quality of the photographs are not very impressive. The book just seems to photograph each rose by itself as opposed to a full bush. I was hoping for a lot better quality for the price I paid for this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 30 2006
By ams15726 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love growing David Austin roses, reading about them and deciding which ones to add to my garden. I was disappointed with the quality of the paper and the printing has declined since the previous edition. I found it difficult to really see what a rose would look like in the garden when the backgrounds of the photos are all stark white.

After having this book out on my coffee table for three months and making notes to decide which roses to buy I noticed that the binding is starting to tear. I feel that stardardizing this edition took away the charm and beauty of the previous edition. ams
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Roses Feb. 22 2006
By K. Mras - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book to get an update on what is currently available on this subject in the garden market. This is a beautiful coffee table book. The full page color photos are well done. David Austin is The definitive expert in English Roses and their developement. This is a great reference book for folks who like this class of roses. Beside each photo is a detailed explanation of name selection, cultivation, and hybrid history information. Who doesn't like a rose which actually has real fragrance!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the roses...why didn't they show pictures of the bushes? Sept. 4 2006
By A. Oneal - Published on Amazon.com
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With all this talk (by David Austin) of breeding a more attractive flower on a more attractive shrub, why didn't he include a picture of a mature shrub of each rose he was talking about?

The book does have beautiful closeups of many, many, (I think 71) of his roses. And... there are pictures in the other sections of some of the rose bushes... but it could have been much more helpful if there were also a picture of each shrub, not just the close-up of the flower.

But not to be forgotton, other than the beautiful flowers and the missing shrubs, David Austin's history of the English roses, etc, makes for interesting and educational reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty flowers, pretty book May 11 2008
By Eric C. Sedensky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My wife picked this book up when she got on a rose kick earlier this year. Although I'm more into jazz than flowers, I have to say this is a very impressive, beautiful book. For the most part, this book is pretty much a catalog of Mr. Austin's roses, but the layout of the book is especially user-friendly and approachable. Most of it has text on the left hand page and a full page picture on the right hand page accompanying the text. You always know what you're looking at and what the author is talking about. The nuggets about caring for roses and laying out a garden are embedded in the text; there's no comprehensive "how to" section for the beginner, which might be a negative point for some. And although the book is a little pricey, it really is pleasant to look at. This book will be revisited often not only throughout the rose growing season, but especially in anticipation of spring, when your eyes want to dwell on flowers and there's nothing but stems in the garden.
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