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My skin prickles. My fingers begin to tingle and twitch. And I can feel the hairs on the back of my favourite soft touch, grain leather Lycra and nylon gardening gloves come up.

Once a year, I get the horticultural goosebumps. And even the Velcro on my rose border gloves  gets goosebumps.

The arrival of the year’s David Austin Roses’ new arrivals is the gardener’s and rose lover’s equivalent to the release of a new Glenmorangie or  Islay expression to the malt whisky connoisseur.  The occasion releases the same endorphins as the anticipation of a new series of Peaky Blinders does for the fans of nineteenth century Brummie gang lords.

Suddenly the sun starts shining and all seems well with the world. Life isn’t so bad after all. There is hope for a brighter, exquisitely-centred future

The annual announcement that two new bare root  (£25) and potted (£33) David Austin rose varieties are now available causes the same trembling excitement  as the  gamers must experience when the latest editions of Football manager 22 , Call of Duty or Elder Scrolls come out.

The sheer joy only equalled by I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!” finishing and being at last over for another year.


Last year, to celebrate and recognize the work of the NHS and to contribute to health charities and causes, the Nye rose was especially  bred  with its soft yellow  paling to cream, plain open-cupped, golden stamened, scalloped-shaped  petals.  Appropriately, the rose is officially called Auspital.

Based in Albrighton, Shropshire , David Austin Roses was founded in 1961 and has now bred over 200 new roses. This year’s releases two new shrub roses pay tribute to the Queen and Morecambe & Wise. The handbook commemorates the company’s sixtieth anniversary.

To mark the Platinum Jubilee,  “Elizabeth” ( Ausmajesty)  is a versatile repeat-flowering apricot-apple blossom English shrub rose with an enticing  lemon sherbert scent.

“Bring Me Sunshine” is a large-flowered, all soil types and positions, sunset orange-yellow paling to lighter apricot rosette bloomed, bushy shrub with a medium-strong myrrh fragrance.

David Austen was a great Morecambe & Wise fa and their famous theme song was played at his funeral in 2018 so holds a special place in the hearts of his family , close friends and rose lovers everywhere for whom he brought and still brings , from now on, so much pleasure.