Photo from David Austin Roses
Auscot – David Austin 1985
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.
Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.
Rosalinda Morgan, The Rose Lady