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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)
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)
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. 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.
About the Author
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English roses have developed considerably since I wrote my previous book in 1993. Many new varieties have been introduced while others -- now considered to be inferior -- have been dropped. As a result, the beauty of English Roses, both in flower and in growth, has been greatly enhanced. Health and vigour has also been improved.
Not only have English Roses developed in beauty; they have also broadened widely in the range of their beauty, so that as we walk around a garden of English Roses we can always come across something different. As a result of all this, it has become necessary to divide them into six sub-groups, each with its own particular character, so that gardeners may better understand them and enjoy them more completely. These six groups are described for the first time in this book. The new Climbing English Roses are among the most interesting.
With all these developments, it is only natural that we have had new insights into the way in which English Roses can be used in the garden. The greater range opens up further possibilities, all of which are discussed in Part III.
Creating a book of this kind is inevitably a team effort and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have made a contribution: Andrew Lawson, Howard Rice, Ron Dakin and others, for their magnificent photographs; Erica Hunningher, not only for editing the book, but for providing so much wise advice; Ken Wilson for his elegant design; and not least, Diane Ratcliff for her work, patience and skill in typing the manuscript and helping me generally in my task.
Finally, I would like to thank my son David J. Austin, without whom English Roses, as we know them today, would not have been possible.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.