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Does anyone know why David Austin hates teas?

Robin Lemke
6 years ago

I've been reading The Heritage of the Rose where he traces the evolution of the flower through time and different classes and he lists several roses in each section that he thinks will make good "garden roses" but essentially says none of the teas are good for the garden, that they are a twiggy mess and not to waste your time with them. They are, however, always the ones I'm drawn to. I've always thought my climate in the PNW is pretty similar to England so I should pay attention to Austin roses and advice, so I'm wondering if they just don't do well here? Or if there's something awful about them I'm unaware of before I go ordering a bunch. Thanks for any thoughts!

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