Hello Folks ~ We had Valentine’s day last week and spring will be here shortly.
With that in mind, I am going to review the wonderful and beautiful book by ‘David Austin, The English Roses, Classic Favorites and New Additions, Third Addition.’ This was sent to me for reviewing by Firefly Books Ltd.
This book is filled with page after page of David Austin’s beautiful roses.
Part One is ‘The Origins and Nature of the English Rose’. Very interesting information about these roses, history, breeding and growing. A fantastic reference book to go to over and over again for these roses. I could barely stop reading as it is very well written. You can tell the love of roses went into the breeding of all of these and into the writing for this book.
Part Two is ‘A Gallery of English Roses’. Wonderful descriptions of each rose, including scents, how the name came to be, etc.
This is a book for any rose lover, or even if you are not one, it might make you want to at least pick out your favorite rose that will grow in your zone, order it, plant it whether in the ground or a pot, and enjoy!
Before receiving this book from Firefly Books Ltd. I had been doing some research on David Austin roses and found one that truly spoke to me. Then after receiving the book and reading it, viewing the photos and info on roses a second time, that one has stayed number one and then a few others have spoken to me as well.
# 1 for me is Munstead Wood
All of these rose photos are courtesy of HelpMeFind. (The photos in the book are more beautiful that these.)
Now for the others that caught my eye.
I love roses with wonderful scents. I look for roses that are disease resistant, have wonderful scents and will grow in my tropical humid climate. Also ones that will do well in containers as FL has very sandy soil and where I am, we are only 3’ above sea level.
Here are a couple of paragraphs from this lovely book, not one for a shelf but for your coffee table, or somewhere where you’ll see the cover and be tempted to take a few minutes, or more, and view the wonderful eye-candy inside.
“True gardeners love growing things & living beauty, taking pleasure in the whole process of ever-changing life. Plants have their own beauty – they are life. This is what gardening is about & also what growing roses is about.”
“There is a place for pot-grown roses in every garden, whatever the size. English roses are ideal for this purpose.”
So folks, if you want to learn more about these beautiful roses and view the wonderful photographs, you can order the book here.
you can enter the give away that Firefly Books Ltd. has generously graced this post with for this book.
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Leave an email addy so that I can let you know if you are the winner and to get your snail mail addy.
3. One entry per person, and the end of this give away will be midnight, this Sunday, 26th of February 2017. I will use Random.org for drawing the winning name.
Thank you all for your kind comments on my last post. You are so encouraging to me and I really appreciate your kindness and taking the time to write.
So, get your name entered and one of you will be the happy winner of this wonderful book.
Thank you Caroline from Firefly Books Ltd. for this opportunity. The book was a joy to review and makes a wonderful addition to my libary of books, not just for gardening, but books of all kinds.
I love roses!
Have a great week everyone ~ FlowerLady