Discovering David Austin roses is a bit like discovering luxury yarn - you wonder what you did before and there is no turning back.
(and you can save the labels! )
They are bred to be deliciously scented and resistant to insects and disease.
So like with the yarn, there's a bigger initial investment, but the payback is well worth it.
This is Abraham Darby - with fabulously shaped petals that make it look a little like a peony.
This year it was the second rose to bloom.