Rosa Silas Marner® (Ausraveloe) is a glorious, repeat flowering, English shrub rose which was due to be released by David Austin at the cancelled 2021 Chelsea Flower Show. We are, however, delighted to have these new roses in store now.
Silas Marner's rose buds are borne on red-tinged stems and unfurl into a shallow cup-shape blooms with button eyes. As they mature, the almost ruffled petals pale softly towards the outer edges. In a border, the impact of this remarkable rose is heightened by its medium old rose fragrance with hints of lemon and apricot; they are also breath-taking planted in large containers.
Silas Marner was published in 1861, the fifth book by Mary Ann Evans who wrote under the name of George Eliot. The book describes the injustice visited upon a consciencious weaver, whose faith and love of life is remorselessly stripped away by a series of mischances. As he retreats into the solace of hoarding his earnings, that shallow joy also is taken from him as his gold is stolen. In symbolic rebalance, perhaps, an orphan child – Eppie – appears one night at his remote cottage and his tender care for her over the next 16 years allows him to reconcile his bitterness and retrieve his good name. It is a bitter-sweet story with a happy ending since Eppie resolves to marry, not a rich stranger offering a wealthy life, but a local, working man, so that she can remain with Silas.
Pot Size: 6L
Height and Spread: 140cm x 110cm over 5 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any free-draining soil
Aspect: East, south or west facing
Position: Full sun / Partial shade
Flowering Period: June – September
Care: Repeat flowering, remove faded flowers, prune January - February