David Austin Roses have introduced some very beautiful red roses. Last year they introduced another red Austin Rose named Munstead Wood, Named after Gertrude Jekyll's famous home and garden in Surrey, England. Most agree that the red Austin Rose William Shakespeare 2ooo, is one of the best red Austins or English roses so far. So all rose lovers always look forward in great anticipation to another red Austin Rose. I do have a problem with the term English Roses. I prefer the term Austin roses, since many have piggybacked on David Austins Work and produces roses that look like Old Garden Roses, that repeat bloom well.
In my experience Munstead Wood is every bit as good William Shakespeare 2000. It even seems to have a better growth habit; WS 2000 sometimes produces very large canes with so many buds that the canes break under the weight of the flowers. This rose seems to carry fewer flowers at the end of each cane. The flowers are not as heavy as the Flowers on WS 2000. The buds unfold into cups, that later becomes shallow cups, with the inner petals forming a rosette, until the flowers turn into a rosette - the petals reflexing. I cannot tell the difference between the fragrance of WS 2000 and Munstead wood. Both have a wonderful warm Old Rose Fragrance with berry notes like blackberries and blackcurrant.
Calling it a red rose is perhaps misleading. It has many shades of red in various stages, crimson, burgundy, mauve with a velvet sheen. The ability to display a wide range of colors, that changes with the light and stages of the flower, is one of the most charming qualities red Austin Roses have. I predict that this rose is going to be even more popular than WS 2000.