Saturday, May 7, 2011


I don't grow many red roses but my favorite is easily 'L.D. Braithwaite'. It is a David Austin rose (named after his father-in-law) with a tidy growth habit and a lovely scent. I have also grown the other Austin reds, 'Shakespeare 2000' and the deep crimson 'Prince', but I still like L.D. the best. Of course it may have been the location of the other roses that made them a bit more susceptible to disease, but this one seems to be the easiest to grow along the coast. The color does vary for me from a deep, true red to this color that is a bit more cherry, but I love it never-the-less. I just wish I could find a couple more!


FlowerLady said...

It's too bad we can't smell the scents of flowers and herbs via the web. L.D. is a lovely red rose.

Enjoy and thanks for sharing your blooms.


ks said...

I don't have LD, but my fave Austin red is 'The Squire', in spite of the really abundant inventory of thorns.My BIL swears by LD..

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Beautiful photo. I have one L.D. planted last fall. It is already putting out nice blooms. Of all my Austins, this one is fast becoming a favorite. Not sure bout "your neck of the woods", but Austin's are increasingly hard to find at local nurseries in the deep south.

Sheila said...

There is a very limited amount of "Austins" in the nurseries around here too. I am always looking for one I have read about and can never find. Guess I'll have to resort to mail order if I want to expand in the future!