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David Austin Wedding Roses

The rose Darcey 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 Darcey™


The colour of this intriguing rose is transformed as the bloom ages. David Austin Wedding Rose Darcey™ is bright magenta in the bud, opening to rich raspberry red colour, then finally developing velvety purple tones as the bloom ages.

The flowers of the David Austin Wedding Rose Darcey™ are in the form of incurved cups at first, opening out to perfect rosettes with many perfectly arranged petals. When fully open, a beautiful cluster of golden stamens can be seen in the heart of the rose.

The attractive matt green foliage is very characteristic of old roses.

There is a very light fruity tea scent to be discovered in the David Austin Wedding Rose Darcey.

Darcey dries beautifully if the flowers are hung upside down to air in a dark, dry place before the blooms have fully opened. Leave for about two or three weeks until they are completely dried. The dried roses will be a sensational dark purple colour.

Darcey has a long vase life of at least seven days.

Specifications of David Austin Wedding Rose Darcey™:

  • Shape : Rosette
  • Color : Raspberry red
  • Petal Count : 125
  • Diameter : 10-12 cm
  • Fragrance : very light fruity tea
  • Vase Life : 9-10 days
  • Breeder : David Austin
  • Plant Name : Auschariot
  • Best use after: 6-7 days
Darcey Stages of flowering

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.

David Austin died in December 2018. He will be remembered as one of the greatest rosarians and rose breeders of all time who is responsible for creating the world’s first horticultural brand. With over 240 varieties to his name, David Austin was still absolutely passionate about developing new varieties of English Roses until the very end. He died already knowing what the future may hold, having planned and undertaken the next crosses, which will hopefully create a new rose that will be introduced in nine years’ time.

Illustrated here: David Austin Wedding Rose Darcey makes a wonderful table centerpiece for a dinner party, arranged with grasses and pretty wild flowers cut from our hedgerow.
David C H Austin, his son, David J C Austin and his son Richard Austin
David Austin Roses is a traditional family business, led by David C H Austin and his son, David J C Austin. The head office, rose breeding facilities and rose gardens are in Shropshire, UK. They also have regional offices in Tyler, Texas, USA and Osaka, Japan.
David Austin Wedding Rose Patience, a milky white scented garden Rose
While roses naturally flower in gardens only during summer and autumn, David Austin's cut roses are available all year round. This makes them the perfect choice for bouquets, events, weddings and celebrations at any time of the year.
David Austin in Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB England
A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains. From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.
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