The ro­man­tic Mr Darcy

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WE are de­lighted to an­nounce the in­tro­duc­tion of the Mr Darcy rose, bred by John Scar­man, renowned nurs­ery­man and au­thor of Gar­den­ing with Old Roses. ‘Like Austen’s hero,’ says Mr Scar­man, ‘this shrub rose is up­right, shrugs off the rain, and… relishes the com­pany of well-be­haved neigh­bours. As a re­sult of good breed­ing, it suf­fers very lit­tle in the way of disease.’

Un­like El­iza Ben­net’s paramour, this Mr Darcy is a soft li­lac-pink and ap­pears in the style of a 19th-cen­tury Gal­lica rose. It boasts an ‘in­tense and se­duc­tive’ per­fume—in this re­spect, we are un­able to com­ment on the re­sem­blance to its name­sake.

Mr Darcy’s heady scent has won it a Gold Medal (Hy­brid Tea class) in the cov­eted Prix du Public Du Con­cours (La Plus Par­fumée) at the Con­cours des Roses at Roeulx, Bel­gium. Visit www.john­scar­ for more in­for­ma­tion. All roses are sup­plied by post, bare-rooted, from Oc­to­ber to March.

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