Often visitors ask me what my favourite rose is, and I usually can’t decide, but in recent weeks and on reflection I think it is Lady of Shalott. I have written about this rose several times and have at present two in the garden, although in pots. Even though I had shared any information I knew on this beautiful rose previously, I did not have my own images when I wrote –Who Killed The Lady Of Shalott.

Lady of Shallot is named after one of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poems. It tells the tragic story of Elaine of Astolat, a young noblewoman stranded in a tower up the river from Camelot. It was bred to commemorate Alfred’s Tennyson’s 200th birth date by the late David Austin, who also loved poetry.

 “One rose is enough for the dawn.”

Crystal Woods

Lady of Shalott is a prize rose with vibrant, orange-apricot chalice-shaped flowers filled with lovely loose petals, salmon pink and golden-yellow in colour. There is a tea rose scent with hints of spiced apple and cloves. It grows quickly into an arching, bushy shrub with mid-green foliage. Lady of Shallot is highly disease resistant, tolerant of shade and poor soil, and a vigorous grower. This rose has won numerous awards in the USA, UK, France and New Zealand for the quality of the rose and the prolific nature of the blooms. It can be grown in large pots and is great for cut flowers—the perfect rose.

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.”

Angelus Silesius

It is hard to believe that my Lady of Shallot is blooming as I write because just a few weeks ago it was completely bare of any foliage. It is a now lush, green, and stunning sitting at the back door, continually blooming in that deep apricot with loose soft petals.

The exquisite chalice shape and golden, orange in the flowers catches your eye passing by, and it has a surprising beauty that tends to stop you in your tracks. The bright glowing colour fades to a soft blush as the petals fall, so it is still beautiful even as it finishes.

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“A garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.”

Jeff Cox

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Title quote by Edmond Jabes

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