Belle Story rose
AUSelle, David Austin shrub 1984,light pink,large bloom


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Belle Story rose

Belle Story rose File#D8969

Austin's shrub rose Belle Story is an especially appealing plant in my garden. It has gradually built size year by year. With 4 1/2 years in the ground, it is now 4 1/2 feet tall by 4 1/2 feet wide and grows in a nice vase shape. That's a lot of 4 1/2s. Whether this is a reliable parallel of years and sizes, I can't yet tell. However, another plant of Belle Story growing near here, planted up against a sheltering building, is far taller - eight feet? Twelve feet? Though not described as a climbing rose, that Belle Story is growing like one.

As my plant has matured, bloom production has increased, and this summer has been nearly continuous. In mid-July it is briefly without bloom, but new canes are ramping up for the next show. The blooms themselves are particularly attractive. The buds are a mid-pink with a slight dusky, bluish tone. These open to gracefully cupped blooms which frame golden stamens. As the blooms age further, the color lightens just a bit, and the flower is full of lightly ruffled petals. The buds open in succession so that each cluster has blooms at all stages, and all the stages are quite pretty.

This is a rose I love more with each passing year. It's eventual size is a mystery, but it is planted where it has all the room it could want. And the bigger, the better. With performance like this, Belle Story is a rose I will always want in my garden.

Belle Story roses

Belle Story roses. File#D3960

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