A fine ro­mance

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In News -

She may have a record eight Olivier Awards and an Os­car un­der her belt, but now Dame Judi Dench has been given the ul­ti­mate ac­co­lade of hav­ing a David Austin rose named in her hon­our. Rosa Dame Judi Dench (right) has rich apri­cot blooms with a medium-strong fra­grance and strong arch­ing stems. It makes its de­but at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show along­side a freeflow­er­ing shrub rose, R. Vanessa Bell, named in hon­our of the Blooms­bury artist, with pink-tinged buds that open up to re­veal fra­grant, lemon-yel­low petals, and R. James L Austin, an English rose with nu­mer­ous petals and a no­table fruity scent. It is named af­ter David Austin se­nior’s son. All three are avail­able as bare-root plants (£19.95) or as pot­ted roses (£24.95) from 22 May.

R. Vanessa Bell (= ‘Ause­asel’). R. James L Austin (= ‘Aus­pike’). davi­daustin­roses.co.uk R. Dame Judi Dench (= ‘Ausquaker’).

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