Pat Austin died to the ground, here is a bloom today
The color is just the way it came out of the camera. 3rd year, 3 blooms, one bud starting to open, several more buds. There is still a slight droop, but every year it improves. First flush, later ones will prob not be quite as many petals.
I'm going to be nicer to him this winter. He has shiny leaves and is not as prone to things some of my others are except those nasty beetles, not as many as on yellow. The strip where he is planted is not very wide, so more compact roses are going to work better generally.
I stuck a Princess Caroline iris in front of him, and she is going to have to be moved, was in a hurry and no spot ready.
It makes up a little what I just went through just previously with mold on my perennials in milk jugs, should not do that in May even though vented. Opened them up, sprayed with dilute peroxide, the tops w/Liquid Fence, and covered with chicken wire, will have to mist a lot now. Squirrels and chipmunks love loose dirt.