Just peachy

Queen Q in at­ten­dance as Felicity Dahl un­veils 'Roald Dahl' rose in hon­our of late hus­band

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CHELSEA Flower Show fea­tures, as al­ways, some spec­tac­u­lar blooms this week, but one in par­tic­u­lar has a story to tell... and it’s rooted in Great Mis­senden.

This year marks the 100th an­niver­sary of Roald Dahl’s birth and on Mon­day a new English rose named ‘Roald Dahl’ was launched at Chelsea.

The peach-coloured rose has been cre­ated by David Austin Roses of Shrop­shire and is a trib­ute to Dahl who lived in Great Mis­senden.

The flower rep­re­sents Dahl’s first ma­jor suc­cess as a chil­dren’s au­thor with James and the Gi­ant Peach. The book was pub­lished in 1961, the same year as David Austin launched his first English rose.

On Mon­day, Dahl’s widow Felicity launched the rose to vis­i­tors in­clud­ing The Queen.

The ‘Roald Dahl’ rose be­gan life eight years ago at the David Austin nurs­ery and was one of 96,000 seedlings born in that year as part of the rose breed­ing pro­gramme.

Only a small se­lec­tion of roses is cho­sen to go for­ward to the next stage of tri­als, which last for eight or nine years. In 2009 one of those was the seedling that has now been named the ‘Roald Dahl’.

Felicity Dahl wanted to name a rose for her hus­band’s cen­te­nary year to high­light his pas­sion for gar­den­ing.

The David Austin Roses stand, which picked up a gold medal, has the rose as the cen­tral fo­cus and fea­tures a gi­ant cop­per peach sculp­ture as the back­drop, etched with Dahl’s words and Sir Quentin Blake’s il­lus­tra­tions from the story.

£2.50 from the sale of each ‘Roald Dahl’ rose will be do­nated to Roald Dahl’s Mar­vel­lous Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

Bloom­ing: Roald Dahl’s widow Felicity, above left, un­veils the new rose in her late hus­band’s name

New rose is a real peach: The peach sculp­ture, left and above, The Queen meets David C H Austin, rose breeder and founder of David Austin Roses and MD David J C Austin PIC­TURES: LEWIS MAXWELL

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