A Rose for Mother's Day
May 3, 2009

Many of us celebrate this special day with the gift of cut flowers. A worthy gift and loved by just about anyone but if she's a gardener why not give your Mom a more permanent gift? A Rose plant will bloom year after year; reminding her of your love and will be the source of many bouquets. All Roses need is a fertile soil, sun and a modicum of care. Besides, we have a few on sale (don't worry, we won't tell your Mom).

(David Austin Rose - Ausprior) It doesn't take a great deal of thought to realize that if a plant hybridizer names a new introduction after a cherished family member, it's going to be a really nice plant. This is certainly the case with rose CLAIRE AUSTIN, named for the daughter of David Austin, and a well-known plantswoman and author. The rose CLAIRE AUSTIN bears pleasingly cupped buds of a pale lemon shade which gradually open to form large, creamy-white flowers of typical English Musk delicacy; the petals are perfectly arranged in concentric circles, with a few more loosely arranged in the centre. The flowers have a strong fragrance based on Myrrh with dashes of Meadowsweet, vanilla and Heliotrope. It forms a strong, healthy, arching shrub with plentiful, medium green foliage. Undoubtedly Austin's finest white rose to date. Ht. 1.37m (4.5'), spread 90cm (3'). It can also be grown as a climber. Hardy to zone 4 with winter protection.

BRILLIANT PINK ICEBERG - Save 10% of our regular price
(Floribunda Rose) A brand new selection from ICEBERG was found in Tasmania. Rose ICEBERG is considered by many to be one of the greatest roses. It blooms continuously with beautiful, nicely-scented, snow white flowers. BRILLIANT PINK ICEBERG has all the great characteristics of its parent but in a striking cerise-pink with a cream centre. All-season bloom and a mild honey fragrance. Ht. 76cm (30"). Hardy to zone 4 with winter protection.

QUADRA - Save 10% of our regular price
(Climbing Explorer Rose) If you've ever wished for a hardy, disease-free, minimal maintenance climbing rose that blooms all summer then QUADRA is the climber for you. Clusters of 8cm (3") deep red blooms all summer long. Ht. 1.8m (5.9'). Hardy to zone 3 with winter protection.

WILD EDRIC - Save 10% of our regular price
(David Austin Rose - Aushedge) This is somewhat of a departure for David Austin who has only bred one other Rugosa Rose (Mistress Quickly). A super tough, hardy and reliable rose that thrives in just about any sunny spot whether a wild garden, hedge or garden border. Attractive purple-pink buds open to a semi-double flower of deep velvety pink with shades of purple and mauve, exposing a bunch of contrasting golden-yellow stamens. The complex fragrance is strong and delicious. This rose is named for the story of Wild Edric, a Saxon Lord in Shropshire. When he reproached his Fairy Queen wife she left him in anger, and legend has it that his ghost is still be to seen searching for her in the hills. Ht. 1.2m x 1.2m (4' x 4'). Hardy to zone 4 with winter protection.

Gardeners can be hard to shop for. They have so many things in their garden that it's often hard to choose the 'right plant' for a gift. And you know that plants are what they like above all else. Our gift certificates make a perfect gift for your gardening friend or relative. They're available in any amount over $25 and each one is hand lettered in calligraphy by us. We also enclose a copy of our current catalogue and a free 2 year subscription comes with each certificate so your gardening friend needn't make up their mind right away!§ion=FS

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