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David Austin Wedding Roses

The rose Carey is a member of the ‘David Austin Wedding Roses’ collection. In the year 2000 David Austin began breeding for cut roses with the shapes and fragrances of old Garden roses but with the vase life of a commercial cut varieties.

David Austin Wedding

Rose TESS™


This ground-breaking David Austin Wedding Rose Tess™ is David Austin’s first true red cut rose. What makes this variety extra special is that unlike conventional red cut roses, ‘Tess’s’ large, blousy blooms exude the natural character and charm of old garden roses.

David Austin Wedding Rose Tess’s spectacular blooms are made up of many, sumptuous, deep royal red petals. They begin as rounded buds, with prettily waved edges. When fully open, the large outer petals surround smaller ruffled petals, forming magnificent, saucer-shaped rosettes, which give the impression of great depth. Each bloom displays a central cluster of attractive golden-yellow stamens. There is a very light and pleasant tea fragrance.

Tess™ benefits from a long vase life of over 10 days, making it ideal for gifting and arrangements in the home. With its rich, romantic, jewel tones, it is not only ideal for Valentine’s Day but also promises to be a popular choice for weddings and festive events. Whilst David Austin Wedding Rose Tess garden-style blooms look stunning arranged on their own, they also harmonize beautifully with seasonal flowers and foliage.

The name is inspired by David Austin’s red English Garden Rose, ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, which takes its name from the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel.

Specifications of David Austin Wedding Rose Tess:

  • Shape : Rosette

  • Color : Deep royal red

  • Petal Count : 120

  • Diameter : 10-12 cm

  • Fragrance : Very light, subtle tea notes

  • Vase Life : 8-10 days

  • Breeder : David Austin

  • Plant Name : Ausyacht

  • Best use after: 6-7 days

The Story behind David Austin Roses

David Austin was born in 1926 on the farm where he lived all his life. He is the son of a farmer and began farming before going into business as a nurseryman in the early 1960s. From an early age, he has been interested in gardening.

In the 1940s, a copy of George Bunyard’s book on old roses gave him the idea of crossing old roses with modern roses. The old roses – that is the Gallicas, Damasks, albas, etc. – had all but died out at that time. His objective being to create new roses in the style of old roses, thus combining the unique charm and fragrance of old roses with the wide color range and repeat-flowering qualities of modern roses. He was also particularly interested in producing well-formed shrubs that would make good garden plants.

In the year 2000 David began breeding for cut roses. He was looking for roses with the shapes and fragrances of old Garden roses but with the vase life of commercial cut varieties. Tambuzi, Rosaprima, and Alexandra farms amongst others are growing these varieties for the cut flower markets of the world and they are testing dozens of new varieties for introductions in the coming years.

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