Friday, April 23, 2010

Abraham Darby

Abraham Darby is another English rose from David Austin that I have a love/hate relationship with.  It's killer beautiful in the spring.  The blooms are huge and full with a fruity fragrance that makes you want to take a bite out of them.  I love the orange/pink/apricot color of the blooms too. However, around May blackspot sets in and nearly defoliates the whole plant and it will be ugly until fall.  You about have to spray it every week if you want to stop this.  Still, I put up with the disease because the plant is vigorous enough to overcome it and still be gorgeous in the spring. 
First up is a picture that shows more of the pink coloration of the blooms.

Next up are some pictures that show more of bush and some clusters of bloom. 

 Such a nice bloom.  The only problem is that the stems aren't very long, so you can't get the best cut roses for a vase.  This rose bush gets huge in Louisiana, but hasn't become the climber for me that I thought it would be. 


Jeannie B. said...

I love this rose. I have one and I just might get another one. I have had problems this year for the first time with thrips and they are brown around the edges. This rose is why I love roses!
I love looking at your blog. In part because it is in Louisiana and also you seem to have the plants I love.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love Abraham Darby. I just added it last year and it did really well. But this Spring it's already got Black spot fairly bad. I normally try not to spray but I love this one too much not to. I hope I get as many blooms on mine as you have on yours.

Garden Much said...

I know someone whos just as passionate about Abraham Darby Roses.