Monday, December 10, 2012

Pixar's English Roses by Author Austin




Constance Spry roses at the entrance to Pixar Studios in California. The roses, grown by gardener David Austin, were chosen by Steve Jobs. Photographer: Jeff Wincek/David Austin Roses via Bloomberg

The late Apple founder chose to line the driveway with English roses named Constance Spry -- a pink, myrrh-scented climber bred by Austin.

He is now 86 years old, still trying to combine the fragrance and shrubby growth of old roses with the color range and repeat-flowering stamina of modern varieties.
His blooms go as far afield as Bhutan and Russia. Constance Spry was his first hit back in 1961, and it typifies the traits he breeds for -- traits he sums up in a single word: charm.


Constance Spry roses at Pixar Studios in California. The roses, grown by gardener David Austin, were chosen by Steve Jobs. Photographer: Jeff Wincek/David Austin Roses via Bloomberg

The Lion Garden planted by rose grower David Austin in Shropshire, England. The walled garden has been seen in films and many of Austin's books. Photographer: Howard Rice/David Austin Roses via Bloomberg
David Austin, a rose grower and author. The 86-year-old gardener has spent his life creating more than 200 flowers. Photographer: Howard Rice/David Austin Roses via Bloomberg

Breeding roses, despite their ephemerality, is a savage process. For every three or four new roses that finally make it into the company’s catalog, around 80,000 others will have fallen by the wayside during the eight-year trialing process. Catalog: http://www.davidaustinroses.com/


As he tells it in the latest edition of his best-selling book, “David Austin’s English Roses,” the rose has always held a special place in gardeners’ hearts. It was prized medicinally as well as ornamentally by the ancients, and has been used as a religious, historic and political emblem around the globe.  When I ask whether an eye for beauty is something he’s had to cultivate, he smiles coyly. “I think I was always a bit that way. I was dyslexic and the one thing I could do was draw.”
“The English Roses” is published by Conran (320 pages, 30 pounds). “David Austin’s English Roses: Glorious New Roses for American Gardens” (160 pages, $9.95) is published by Little Brown. To buy the book in North America, here: http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780316059732-10


Read More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-10/pixar-boosts-invasion-of-english-roses-by-author-austin.html?cmpid=yhoo



A bit different than the known Disneyland Rose: Bred by John Walden (United States). Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, 2003).  Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2004 as 'Disneyland Rose'. Introduced in Australia by Swane's Nursery/Swane Bros Pty Ltd in 2007 as 'Litl Romeo'.




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