A Rose (Nicole) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living


Rose – Nicole

Class:   Floribunda

Date of Introduction:   1985

Parentage:   seedling x Bordure Rose


Nicole is a beautiful floribunda rose introduced in 1985 and has the most stunning coloration that everybody seems to notice. I planted two Nicole on my front yard at my old house and people who passed by the house noticed it right away. They stopped, admired it and touched and smelled the rose to find out if it was real. Nicole is vigorous, disease resistant and blooms continuously. The 25-35 petal bloom is white edged in cherry-pink with light fragrance. The four inch flower come in clusters of three to five blooms on a strong and very thorny stem and makes a lovely bouquet. It has dark, shiny leathery leaves. Nicole is a top exhibition rose and a great garden rose too.

Some rosarians recommend planting Nicole in the back of the border. I planted my two Nicole roses on opposite sides of the walkway in front of my old house instead where anybody who comes by the house can appreciate its beauty. I also planted Nicole in the front yard at my new townhouse.


Tip #22 – Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.


Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer


A Rose (Abraham Darby) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

  Abraham Darby

Photo from David Austin Roses

RoseAbraham Darby

Class:   Shrub

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.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer