David Austin Darcey
The colour of this intriguing rose is transformed as the bloom ages. Darcey is bright magenta in the bud, opening to rich raspberry red colour, then finally developing velvety purple tones as the bloom ages. The flowers are in the form of incurved cups at first, opening out to perfect rosettes with many perfectly arranged petals. When fully open, a beautiful cluster of golden stamens can be seen in the heart of the rose. The attractive matt green foliage is very characteristic of old roses. There is a very light fruity tea scent. Darcey dries beautifully if the flowers are hung upside down to air in a dark, dry place before the blooms have fully opened. Leave for about two or three weeks until they are completely dried. The dried roses will be a sensational dark purple colour. Darcey makes a wonderful table centerpiece for a dinner party, arranged with grasses and pretty wild flowers cut from our hedgerow.