One thing I like about the David Austin series of English roses... they do so well on their own roots. That is a bit of a shortcoming of the modern H.T roses, but roses that have some of the old stock in their genes tend to do well from cuttings. I think one of the most enjoyable parts of rose gardening is exchanging cuttings with friends. And I love to get them started and give them away. There is something very satisying about it.
While I have never liked the name Jude the Obscure, I have always loved the actual rose. Beautifully cupped very full blooms of a plae peach or apricot fading to a delicate pale cream as the flower ages.
There is nothing descriptive of the rose in this name. And nothing romantic either, unless you are a fan of the novelist Thomas Hardy. The titled character was an orphaned wanderer who is hopelessly in love with his cousin. The book Jude the Obscure was a publicly burned novel at one point. This type of novel is never going to appeal to me, but even reading the review on wikipedia gives me a sense of despondency. Regardless of Austin's reasons for naming this rose as he did, I despise the name ( for a rose, that is)... even more so after reading the plot of the book. Now when I see this rose, insead of appreciating it for it's beauty, I remember the storyline behind the book!
More English Roses
With around 200 different varieties, we are never going to get a definitive collection of them. However, we will continue to add new pictures and descriptions as we come across more varieties in both public and private gardens.
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