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Rose – Abraham Darby
Date of Introduction: 1991
Abraham Darby is one of the most vigorous of all David Austin roses. Having heard from fellow rosarians that it bears long arching canes, I decided to plant it along a fence on the west side of my property in New York and let it spread out. Abraham Darby is a well-rounded shrub which bears numerous, very large 5” across, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, old fashioned, quartered bloom form, double cup-shaped flowers in shades of apricot becoming tinted with pink as they age. Few roses make such a fine display or produce such magnificent blooms with glossy green foliage all through the season. To encourage a better crop of flowers and help maintain its compact form, summer pruning is recommended. The growth is vigorous and reliable and it repeats well. Height is 5 ft. x 5 ft. or 8 ft. as a climber.
Abraham Darby is an outstanding rose with disease resistance, very prolific and continually blooming throughout the season. I planted a pink clematis next to it and they complemented very nicely. It has a rich, fruity fragrance with a refreshing sharpness. Abraham Darby is named after one of the founding figures of the Industrial Revolution, who lived in Shropshire.
Tip #21 – Break big jobs into manageable segments and make sure each succeeding segment builds on what you have before.
Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.