The man who put romance back into roses for Valentine’s Day | Allan Jenkins
Try David Austin’s colourful, fragrant and repeat-flowering roses for something personal, surprising and original on the 14th
Valentine’s Day, when unromantic people splurge on overpriced roses and expensive restaurants. It doesn’t have to be this way. Roses don’t have to come in red buds and straight stems, they don’t have to smell of desperation. For this we have to thank David Austin, the rose guru, who died at 92 on 18 December last year.
Mr A, as his staff knew him, brought romance back to roses, creating the English Rose, a marriage between fragrant Old Roses and the repeat-flowering Hybrid Tea varieties which had largely replaced them before the young son of a Shropshire farmer decided to change all that.