Pat Austin rose File#_D3981
I fell in love with a most magnificent Pat Austin shrub rose in
Sacramento several years back, and have been trying ever since to
recreate that dramatic image. This is an unusual rose, easily
recognized by its distinctively colored blooms. And while the individual
blooms blow quickly, they are produced in such abundance that the plant
is most always full of color.
The colors are an interesting mix. Golden buds open to reveal deep
coppery-orange petals in a softly cupped bloom, with a golden yellow
reverse. As the flowers age, their deep tone softens, moving through a
series of increasingly pastel versions of the original, then quickly
dropping its petals. The plant bears blooms at all stages of this color
succession with more buds continuously developing, to maintain this
My plants of Pat Austin are young so I can't yet judge the eventual size
here. The youngest of my plants is the healthiest - planted in fall of
2008, the longest new cane is 4 1/2 ft. Though this Austin shrub rose
wants to sprawl, this plant is adjacent to lawn, so to protect it from
the mower, the new canes are staked. It will be intersting to see how
this affects the shrub form.
My second Pat Austin was received as a damaged plant and barely survived
its first winter. It is still in recovery mode so is quite small, yet
it blooms quite well. The third was actually planted years before, but
is in a spot with heavy alkaline clay soil and too much shade.
Considering all that, it has done well, performing as most all shaded
roses do - it is lanky and struggling. The ability of all my plants -
even the most site-challenged - to produce so many of these lovely
blooms is encouraging. Perhaps I will yet have that magnificent plant
which first hooked me so many years ago.
Pat Austin roses. File#I-1925
~ Photography from Christine, Reno, NV 2009 ~
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