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Daily Archive: March 5, 2019

A Shropshire Lad – David Austin Climbing Rose

On 20th February this year it was three years since we lost Adam and to mark the occasion Sean and I went to Ashwood Nursery and bought a climbing Rose to put in the garden as a tribute to Adam. A Shropshire Lad is a beautiful subtle pink rose.

This vigorous pleasantly scented rose with few thorns and large, dark-green foliage forms a bushy, arching and well branched shrub, that also may be successfully grown as a short climber. The name is taken from A. E. Housman’s cycle of poems about Shropshire published in 1896 where the David Austin rose gardens and nursery are situated.  A. E. Housman’s ashes are buried near St. Laurence’s Church in Ludlow, Shropshire. David C. H. Austin, born in Shropshire, is himself a Shropshire lad.