The Lady of the Lake Rose™ was introduced in 2014. She is a blush pink rose, pale but not insignificant, with semi-double flowers that are about 5 cm (2") across and produced in sprays that cover adorn very long and slender, rambling maroon stems which are flexible and easy to train. Each flower has an obvious central gap or boss where the golden stamens are easily visible. The buds are pale pink but streaked with darker pink and some pale yellow while slightly paler green leaves provide the background. And while most breeders are content to leave it at that, David Austin has also bestowed a wonderful perfume on The Lady of The Lake™ . Described as a rambler, the maximum area The Lady of The Lake's will cover has not yet been fully tested but if you need guaranteed, pale pink coverage over a large space then look no further than Paul's Himalayan Musk or just have a potter through the rest of our rambling roses
Now here really is a thing, a rambler rose that REPEATS...we love rambler roses but as a general rule they are a bit of a one trick pony. One magnificent flowering is all you get. Well, here David Austin has aligned the twin stars of rambling vigour and continuous flowering so that your oil tank/unattractive shed/overgrown hedge or more positively, your trellis, wall or wrought iron arch will be completely submerged under a tsunami of blush pink flowers that will float above their support all summer. What is more, the good mannered Lady of the Lake even obliges in the shade, making her a perfect choice for that north wall you have been wondering about. Another enormous plus. Or just put her near a seat or bench to take advantage of her magnificent scent. Naturally other roses can lap at her shores: so you could continue the literary theme with The Ancient Mariner or less pinkly with the faultless Champagne Moments. Or just have her emerge from a wash of wonderful English peonies, penstemons and irises in a classic herbaceous border.
Being Somerset based and therefore home to Camelot at Cadbury castle and Avalon at Glastonbury we rather love anything that perpetuates the Arthurian legends that abound and David Austin's The Lady of the Lake is named after the lady ruler of the lake at Avalon where Excalibur emerged and Arthur was taken to heal after battle. She is also Walter Scott's heroine in his eponymous poem, but this time the lake is Scottish and in the Trossachs. We think that Mr Austin was trying to please all of the people all of the time......