Mar 22, 2016
Weeks Roses Unveils “Downton Abbey” Introductions

Weeks Roses has announced it will offer two new additions to its Downton Abbey Garden Rose Collection in 2017.

Weeks Roses has announced it will offer two new additions to its Downton Abbey Garden Rose Collection in 2017. The two new roses, which will be available for retail sale in Spring 2017, are called Violet’s Pride and Edith’s Darling.

Violet’s Pride Edith’s Darling

Violet’s Pride is named for the Lady Violet character played by Maggie Smith on the popular Downton Abbey TV show. Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, is a fierce woman who always cares for and protects her family. The petals of each Violet’s Pride rose reflect the iconic shades of Lady Violet’s lavender dresses.

The blossoms of Violet’s Pride are made even more exquisite by a magenta-colored heart on the inner petals. Violet’s Pride is a prolific bloomer which produces medium-large double blossoms with 35 to 45 petals. The blooms boast a fruity fragrance with a hint of grapefruit that’s worthy of any noblewoman. The flowers are held proudly on top of a vigorous, evenly rounded bush with dense foliage.

Also new for 2017 in the Downton Abbey Garden Rose Collection is Edith’s Darling, a fitting tribute to the Lady Edith Crawley character and her beloved daughter, Marigold. The blooms of Edith’s Darling are a soft apricot color that is delightfully old-fashioned. The petals on each flower grow softly darker toward apricot-gold in the center. Each 3-inch bloom boasts 50 to 65 petals. The fragrance is much like a fruity, fresh-cut apple.

Small in size, with a compact bushy habit, Edith’s Darling is the perfect choice for containers or for a tidy spot in the garden where a show of fragrant, full-sized blooms can be viewed up-close.

The two new Downton Abbey roses for 2017 follow the success of Pretty Lady Rose, which is new at retail stores this spring, and Anna’s Promise, which was introduced in 2015.

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