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David Austin Roses for Mother's Day

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I don't mind saying that the most charming and exquisite Mother's Day bouquet is indubitably a cluster of David Austin roses. Thoroughly English—but now available for delivery in the US!—these specialty roses are the life's work of hybridizer David Austin, who has contributed more than 200 unique rose varieties to the English gardening scene. Haven't popped a card in the mail? It isn't too late to have a bouquet of these heirlooms delivered to mum's door directly from the prestigious family-owned business.

David Austin roses combine traditional properties such as rich fragrance and densely spiraled forms of English varietals with familiar colors and bloom patterns of modern roses. Martha loves David Austin roses, and doesn't she look at home amongst them in the photo above? It was the cover photo from our June 1997 Martha Stewart Living issue. I especially love what an angelic spectrum of deep pink and blush hues they envelop her in—you can almost smell the roses in that picture!



I made a few arrangements for my own apartment recently featuring the creamy peach "Juliet," raspberry red "Darcey" and magenta pink "Kate." These deeply cupped rosette-shaped blooms have scent profiles ranging from fruity tea to rich and intoxicating Myrrh. What better way to show gratitude for Mom's love, support, and patience than a bouquet of these? If anyone deserves them, it's her!

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Comments (3)

  • Hi Kevin! Your idea of giving David Austin roses for Mother's Day is a perfect one. I to grow many Austin roses here in Kansas and just fell in love with them. Their many petals and heavenly scent make them winners in my garden. I hope many men out there will consider giving a bouquet of these gorgeous roses to their loved ones this year. Thanks for reminding us about these remarkable roses and the man who put his life's work into growing them.

  • Hi Kevin,
    I love David Austin roses they are gorgeous. I have one of his books, David Austin's English Roses and I love it. Beautiful photo of Martha at home with the roses. I Love your bouquet, amazing!
    Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in the world, it is the greatest joy being a mom xx

  • I love David Austin Roses, they are hands down the most stunning I have ever seen. One day when I finally have my house in the country I'm ordering enough to blanket a good portion of the garden.
    I didn't know you could order them cut! Thanks!

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