The English Roses: Classic Favorites & New Selections (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/1/18
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Includes 22 new varieties released from 2011 to 2016.
David Austin is one of the world's leading rose hybridizers. He has spent decades creating and perfecting his roses, which combine the charm and fragrance of the Old Roses with the repeat-flowering and wide color range of the traditional tea roses, also called Modern Roses.
David Austin English Roses are vigorous, hardy, heat-resistant and disease-free. The bushes have a pleasant rounded habit and bear large, delicately scented blooms throughout the summer. The relative ease of growing a David Austin English Rose has inspired gardeners everywhere to try their hand. Interest in North America was so overwhelming that in 1999, the company opened an office in Tyler, Texas, which ships to the USA and Canada.
The roses are organized into seven classification groups. Each rose profile features a description and cultivation techniques opposite a stunning full-page photograph. There are 32 new photographs, 22 of them of the new varieties released between 2011 and 2016. They are:
- Old Rose Hybrids - Sir Walter Scott, The Poet's Wife, The Lady Gardener, Lady Salisbury, Queen Anne
- The Leander Group - Bathsheba, The Ancient Mariner, Olivia Rose Austin, Fighting Temperaire, Carolyn Knight, Boscobel
- The English Musk Roses - Roald Dahl, Desdemona, The Lark Ascending, Tranquility, William and Catherine
- The English Alba Hybrids - Royal Jubilee
- Some Other English Roses - Imogen, Thomas A Becket
- The Climbing English Rose - The Lady of the Lake, The Albrighton Rambler, Wollerton Old Hall
- The English Cut-flower Roses.
David also recounts how he set out to create the English roses, beginning with his first, the fragrant Constance Spry, released in 1961. In eloquent prose he reveals his passion for these roses and his lifelong dedication to their improvement. He describes their growth habits, flower form, foliage and name origin, and provides valuable cultivation tips and instruction on how to cut and arrange roses.
This book displays beautifully why David Austin English Roses are beloved by gardeners everywhere. It is an essential selection for every rose lover and gardener. Artists will enjoy it for the glorious photographs.--このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
Beautiful photography throughout.--Carolyn Aiken-Aiken House and Gardens Blog- (03/01/2017)
A beautiful guide.--Natosha Miller-Test Try Results Blog- (02/03/2017)
Beautiful photography throughout.--Carolyn Aiken"Aiken House and Gardens Blog" (03/01/2017)
This book seriously has me swooning! Pages of to die for bouquets... Beautiful illustrations of the gardens... And of course some up close shots of the roses! This book will be on my coffee table for a long time!--Bella Rogers"Bella's Rose Cottage Blog" (02/21/2017)
At first glance, all you want to do it thumb through the pages and drool over the colorful photographs of truly stunning roses... This is a large book and is suitable to be displayed on your coffee table where visitors can enjoy the beautiful photographs... I encourage you to try out one, or more, of these English beauties in your garden.--Noelle Johnson"AZ Plant Lady Blog" (02/01/2017)
A beautiful guide.--Natosha Miller"Test Try Results Blog" (02/03/2017)
[Review of previous edition: ] Exquisite photographs.--Rob Mooy"Kingston This Week" (06/18/2009)
[Review of previous edition: ] 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)" (06/11/2009)
[Review of previous edition: ] 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" (01/05/2010)
[Review of previous edition: ] 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" (11/28/2008)
[Review of previous edition: ] 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" (10/01/2009)
[Review of previous edition: ] 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" (01/01/2008)
[Review of previous edition: ] Gorgeous photographs.--Marilyn K. Alaimo"Chicago Botanic Garden" (01/01/2009)
Run, run, run to the stores (or hit the internet) and buy this book.--Jim Dronenburg"Washington Gardener" (04/01/2017) --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
There are some photographs of roses in the garden environment and these are gorgeous, but most images are of the roses from a single bush to illustrate what the flowers of the rose looks like. In some ways, these images are misleading, because as the davidaustinroses website indicates, the colors of these roses change based on climate and season. In short, what you see is probably not going to be exactly what you get. Also, Austin prides these roses as being good garden plants, so it seems odd that images of them as garden plants are not offered more frequently.
If what you are looking for is like a visual bouquet, or if you just love looking at the English roses' flowers--and there are many who do!!--this may be a great book for you.
Other reviewers have mentioned that there isn't too much updated in terms of how to grow the roses or even the history, although the English Musk class division is either new for this edition or greatly expanded in breeding since the last one.