Boscobel Roses

Boscobel Roses | David Austin Roses : 2016 latest Roses 

Boscobel Roses are the most beautifully formed flowers of a rich salmon color. They begin to bloom out as shades of red buds and which open up into pretty cup shaped blooms and gradually develop into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation. There are several petals of varying shades, intermingling providing different layers(78 petals per flower) of classic salmon pink.
The fragrance from these roses are medium to strong and have hints of pear, almond and elder flower. They are usually medium sized flowers with dark green leaves which are very vigorous and healthy.
Bred by David Austin, Boscobel are an absolute beauty which is sure to draw attention due to this stunning characteristics. They bloom from late spring until frost. They are usually upto 3 ft tall and generally give out a distinct aroma along the path that it grows. They are best grown in full sun, in rich and fertile well drained soils as it requires adequate moisture to reach its peak.
Named after Boscobel House, a beautiful timber-framed house built in 1600’s and famous for being the place where King Charles II hid in an oak tree whilst being chased by Cromwell’s soldiers during the English Civil War in 1651.
David Austin’s English Roses combine the flower forms and perfume of Old Roses with the color range and repeat flowering habits of modern roses. As a rose breeder, David Austin’s achievement is in cumulating the romantic ‘English Rose’ look with reliable garden performance, vigorous growth, full bushes, disease resistance and prolific season – long bloom. Over 200
English Roses have been release since 1961, many of them have the highest awards.
According to Martin Ogden, the garden designer also known as The Teddington Gardener, it is an absolute beauty with rich colors that vary from peach to pink as temperatures warm up or cool down. As the red buds open, they gradually develop into sumptuous blooms in the form of a classic rosette. Catalog copy tells us “the numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide the most pleasing effect.”
Martin also reports that Boscobel has the strongest fragrance of almost any recent English rose.
David Austin has been breeding roses for over 5 decades and some of the varieties are as below:
Here are the roses (PS. Since the descriptions were written by the folks at David Austin you have to read them with a British accent!)
Tranquillity – Beautifully formed creamy white flowers in the form of a rosette. They are very weather proof and have a light apple fragrance. The growth is relatively upright and it is very healthy. It would be suitable for both more formal areas and in informal borders either purely roses or mixed in with other plants.
Royal Jubilee Large rounded flowers of deep pink with the petals curving in. It is vigorous and bushy and will form a large shrub 5ft or more in height. It has a strong rich fruity fragrant with hints of blackcurrant. It is very healthy. An excellent choice for mixed borders
The Lark AscendingAnother vigorous variety with very beautiful open semi double flowers of light apricot with a light fragrance varying from tea to myrrh. It is extremely healthy. A good variety for a more informal part of the garden and for mixing with perennials or other shrubs
Heathcliff Very large, fully double, rosette shaped flowers of deep crimson. The growth is quite vigorous and would be superb in both formal and informal settings. It has a lovely fragrance of Tea with some Old Rose and hint of cedar wood.
Boscobel – The best of this group for more formal rose gardens although would still be most effective in a more informal border with or without other plants. Very beautiful flowers of rich salmon that change with age to deep pink.  They are very double and in the form of a classic rosette. The fragrance is very strong – myrrh with a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. It is upright in habit and very healthy

Why are Roses so Popular?

Why are Roses so Popular?

All flowers in nature are beautiful in their own special way. However not all of them are popular. There are various flowers that are popular due to their beauty, fragrance etc. Rose is the most popular flower in the world and are the most popular flower sold at Florists in the world flower market.

Rose has become synonymous with love, affection or just plain friendship. If you want to impress someone you love or want to say sorry to your spouse, what do you do? Send them a bouquet of a dozen roses! Roses have become so vastly popular that each color symbolises a different emotion.

Roses were not so popular in the previous century as they are today. Most reasons were that they did not bloom very well and there were no scientific methods of cultivation such as greenhouses etc. Roses would only bloom in spring and summer months and rest of the year one would not see them at all.

Light Pink roses were the first rose to make a huge impact in the floral market. It was the only rose that could bloom in winder and most of the times they were largely sold in a bud form for use in small bouquets, corsages etc. The stems also were not of great length ( upto 6 inches were the norm in those days) However there were times where one could get upto a foot long stem as well but in those days long stems were not so much in demand and not many cared for them as their use was only for small bouquets and corsages.

Post this a few different varieties of Roses were popular such as Safrano, Boston Tea Rose (reddish in color), Magna Carta etc.

American Beauty was one of the major rage of roses that would hit the floral market industry however it wasn’t available to all as it was imported from France. It was a deep red color with long stems. History states that the stems of the largest were a staggering 9 feet long! However the demand for these did not last very long.

It was during the 1900’s that roses rose to fame and became one of the most popular best selling flower for all florists replacing flowers such as carnations etc and became the Queen of the flowers and continues to do so even today.

Until recently, the Netherlands was one of the largest source for roses and was a great supplier to the American Market. Ecuador in South American as taken over and started supplying cheaper roses and they had all the varieties and qualities due to the greenhouses that were made available and the climatic conditions. Columbia has today become the most popular source for importing roses for the American Market and nearby countries.

India has too grown on a massive scale for growing roses and has become one of the largest exporting countries for roses all around the world. Roses are synonymous with the term flower in India. Most of the people do not know flowers beyond the roses and they identify a bouquet only if it has roses. Roses continues to be the most popular flower in India and a bunch of 12 – 20 roses is the most popular item sold at florists across India.

 

In the recent years however, people are learning about different flower sand the fact that so many florists are displaying their products online, is educating the general public and thus shifting the mindset of the common man from rose to other flowers that can go along with roses which would

give more value and depth to their bouquet.

 

Until the mindset changes to a larger audience, roses is and will continue to be the most dominant flower in the floral industry across India for decades to come!