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This is the English shrub rose Pat Austin, newly planted in 1998. It is a remarkable orange-apricot color, which tends to fade as it opens. It is quite fragrant, bearing a variant of the tea rose fragrance. It has bloomed pretty continuously this, its first season. Here's a shot of the first blossom of 1999.
As is typical of all of my David Austin English roses, Pat Austin blooms in spurts throughout the season. Here's an example of a late July blossom.
Pat Austin is putting on a show to say farewell to 1999!
Roughly six months later, Pat Austin is back in bloom -- May, 2000.
It's early July and Pat Austin continues to bloom regularly.
Late October, and Pat Austin has given us one last bloom.
Pat Austin has begun blooming -- mid-May, 2001.
Pat Austin has literally erupted into bloom overnight, mid-May, 2002.
With the late afternoon sun on her, Pat Austin lights up this part of the garden!
Once again, seemingly overnight, Pat Austin has bloomed -- early June, 2003.
It's the end of July and Pat Austin is into the second flush.
Pat Austin has been covered in blooms most of the season -- this is from mid-October.
We're up to 2 November and Pat Austin continues to bloom!
After the severe winter of 2003-2004, Pat Austin had much more dead wood than normal but has come back strongly and has begun to bloom in late May.
It's now early August; the summer has been cool and very wet and the roses haven't appreciated it. Some, however, are once again in bloom.
The very severe winter of 2004-2005 did a number on many of the roses including Pat Austin. Much of last year's wood had to be pruned away but she has recovered nicely. It's now early June 2005 and she has begun to bloom.
Mid-May 2006 and Pat Austin ties for the fourth rose to bloom.
It's the fourth of July and Pat Austin has given us a lovely blossom.
It's the beginning of August and Pat Austin is starting up once again.
It's now getting toward late August and Pat Austin has opened these beautiful blossoms.
Even in early October, Pat Austin continues to delight.
Late November now, and Pat Austin is still in bloom.
The very last day of November ....
It's Friday, 25 May 2007, the start of the Memorial Day weekend, and Pat Austin has bloomed.
On the evening of Memorial Day eve, we had a violent thunderstorm. On Memorial Day I found that Pat Austin had all of her canes bent over to the ground due to the weight of so many waterlogged blossoms. I staked her and tied her and she seems to once again be happy.
Early July has Pat Austin once again opening up blossoms.
Late July and still going strong!
Late August and still no sign of stopping!
September and the bloom goes on ....
Late September and going strong!
It's Memorial Day 2008, it feels like summer outside, and Pat Austin is opening her first bloom.
By the first of June, Pat Austin is ablaze with color.
In mid-July, Pat Austin is once again blooming.
It's mid-May 2009 and Pat Austin has erupted in to bloom.
Pat Austin has once again started to bloom at the end of July.
It's the beginning of May 2010 and Pat Austin has bloomed. Here's the life of a flower, captured over three days.
It's mid to late June and Pat Austin keeps going!
Straight into July!
Mid-May 2011 brings the first blossom on Pat Austin.
After taking a break, Pat Austin is once again blooming in early July.
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