Rosa Fighting Temeraire - more than just a rose

Last autumn I bought the David Austin rose 'Fighting Temeraire'.  It was was of those, saw the name, checked the flower only very briefly and then purchased moments.  The Temeraire was a 98-gun ship that took a vital part in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 when Nelson defeated the French and Spanish fleet in the War of the Third Coalition, one of the Napoleonic Wars (can I just confess here that until I looked this up I had never heard of the War of the Third Coalition even though I knew of the Battle of Trafalgar.  Apparently it was followed by the War of the Fourth Coalition and I can only assume preceded by One and Two.)  Anyhoo, the ship played a very important role and was finally broken up in 1838.  There is a painting of the ship being towed to its final berth which was painted by J.M.W. Turner in 1838.  This painting was apparently voted the nation's favourite painting in a poll run by BBC Radio 4 in 2005 and can be seen in the National Gallery.

Most important of all though is that this is a painting I grew up knowing the name of from a very early age.  My maternal grandparents had a print of it over the mantelpiece in their lounge and it was something that was just 'always there'.  So when I saw the name of the rose, I knew I had to buy it.
and what a beauty it is.  I am so glad I did, it is really good addition to the garden and I am already greatly enamored of it.
I may need to buy a couple more ......


  1. It is a beautiful rose with different appearances which I like both. It is always nice to buy a rose who links to something in our memory, it is double pleasure. When I was you I should buy some more.
    Happy Gardening!

  2. How lovely that the rose has such meaning for you, bringing back happy memories of your grandparents.

  3. This is a rose I added to my garden last year and am just as enamored with it too. Nice that you have memories attached.

  4. Its amazing to find something that you just would not expect on your daily routine, especially something that reminds you of your childhood! Very nice colour rose, orange is definitely a favourite for me.


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