OTHER VARIETIES OF
David Austin Wedding Roses
The rose Miranda 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 Miranda™
The David Austin Wedding Rose Miranda™ was part of the second generation of David Austin’s Cut Roses and remains very popular today for weddings and events. This rose is remarkable for the giant blooms, made up of approximately 120 wavy petals, perfectly arranged to form beautiful, almost flat rosettes.
When fully open, the heart of the David Austin Wedding Rose Miranda™ is a pure rose pink, while the outer petals pale to the softest shade of pink.
At the bud stage, the outer petals can be seen to have a lovely streaked green effect, which adds to the garden style, creating a look reminiscent of a parrot tulip. These outer petals gradually turn back and are hidden as the blooms open.
David Austin Wedding Rose Miranda has a delicate fruity fragrance.
Named for Prospero’s beautiful daughter in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Specifications of the David Austin Wedding Rose Miranda™:
- Shape : Rosette
- Color : Mid pink with paler outer petals
- Petal Count : 120
- Diameter : 10-12 cm
- Fragrance : Light ,fruity and floral
- Vase Life : 6-7 days
- Breeder : David Austin
- Plant Name : Ausimmon
- Best use after: 5-6 days
DID YOU KNOW
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.