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The Pilgrim Climber, a David Austin Rose

Updated on April 21, 2018

The Pilgrim Rose

The Pilgrim is an English climber , bred by David Austin, 1991. United Kingdom.

The Pilgrim can be grown as a shrub which will remain quite short. At times sending up long shoots. If you want to retain a shrub like shape these canes will need to be kept cut back.

My Pilgrim is about 8 feet tall.

In 1991, David Austin introduced Rosa 'The Pilgrim', a cross between R. 'Graham Thomas' and R. 'Yellow Button'. The soft yellow flower is a definite and welcome change over some of the other yellow hued roses. The pilgrim is great as a flower for cutting.

You will find that this English rose, has continuous blooms (three flushes), is disease resistance, vigorous, and fragrant, and the flowers are unusual and beautiful.

In my mild and warm climate it seems to act more like a climber; Whereas in a cooler climate it grows like a shrub rose.

Rose, The Pilgrim
Rose, The Pilgrim | Source

The fragrant flowers are strong and perfectly shaped. A pure egg yolk yellow rose with the outer edges laced in white.

Unusual bicolor blooms are rich yellow and white. Rosette, shallow cups have up to 140 petals, with strong mixed tea and myrrh fragrance. Large, upright bushes are 5 x 3 feet in size can be trained into climbing roses. Very healthy and a good repeat bloomer.

A the most beautiful English Climbing Roses, It produces nicely-shaped medium-large flowers. As each bud opens it reveals many petals, which forms a shallow cupped rosette, It will then open out quite flat. The color is a very delicate, soft shade of yellow, the edge of the petals are pale . The flowers repeating continuesly . The Pilgrim has a sweet fragrance which of of tea and myrrh. The plentiful green foliage compliments the flowers perfectly. Up to 8 ft.

The Pilgrim is an upright, shrub . It has deep green leaves and pale yellow, flat, fragrant flowers that bloom from summer into autumn.

Tips For Growing Beautiful Roses

  1. Planting a bare root rose, toss a banana peel into the hole before planting. The decomposing banana peel adds organic matter to the soil around the rose roots.
  2. Spread a 1 to 2 inch layer of organic mulch around the base of each rose bush. this will improve the soil while adding nutrients, it will help keep the roots cool during heat spells and cuts down on weeds..Do this about twice a year , but keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk of the rose bush.
  3. Plant some garlic among the roses. It will greatly enhance the health of the roses. You can buy garlic at the supermarket..Simply divide the cloves and plant...This will benefit the roses and you can eat it too.

Austin Roses

About David Austin

David CH Austin lives in Shropshire where he oversees one of the world’s largest garden rose breeding programs. He was married to the late Mrs Pat Austin, a talented sculptress.

David Austin has spent the last fifty years developing his English Roses. A garden of these outstanding roses is hard to beat for sheer exuberance of flower and fragrance. Designed to blend harmoniously with other shrubs and herbaceous perennials, they are perfectly at home in mixed borders.

Along with his eldest son David J.C Austin, he is the owner of one of Britain’s leading rose nurseries, David Austin Roses Ltd. David Austin is still very active at the nursery, as well as,dividing his time between the breeding program and writing.

It is a blessing to know that English Roses are grown in almost every rose-growing country in the world. Making it easy for us to obtain one of his beautiful roses .

10' climber
Bushy upright
Bloom size
Bloom Color
Soft pale yellow
Medium green
Green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn
Petal count
50 to 140
Mixed tea and myrrh
Graham Thomas x Yellow Button
David Austin

Yellow Roses

Here is a list of some other beautiful Yellow roses from David Austin :

Poet's Wife

Golden Showers


Golden Celebration


Malvern Hills

Graham Thomas

Blythe Spirit

The Pilgrim Climber

The fragrant flowers are strong and perfectly shaped. A pure egg yolk yellow rose with the outer edges laced in white.


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    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      Prasetio30 thank you for the compliment and the means a lot

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...beautiful flower. I had never heard about it before. I should give my vote to this hub. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. The photos are strikingly remarkable. Voted up!


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      Sranunta Lamduan 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Faythef, thanks for your response. I'll try to plant it here. Hope it will grow up very well here in Chaingrai Thailand. :-)

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      kesinee, not sure how it will do in Thailand..I know it loves warm weather as most roses is do..If other roses do well there, than this rose will also..we do have high humidity here , but not as high as there.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      LeTotten, this rose will be beautiful against your fence

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      LeAnna Totten 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for the great hub. I am currently looking for this type of rose for my garden. I would like to use it as a climber against my fence.

    • kesinee profile image

      Sranunta Lamduan 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I do love your hub with the classic English roses like David Austin. I am looking for this kind of rose for my garden but I am not sure whether it will properly grow in the lukewarm - whether zone like Thailand. I saw it once when I was young, the arch roses at the front door of a grocery store, lol.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      I know all about the trees..I need more shade , but I NEED my roses more...LOL

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I am crazy for David Austin roses! They are so beautiful! I had several but, sadly, my trees grew up and threw the roses into shade. Those David Austin roses have such a heavenly scent. I love the color of yours.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank You The Dirt Farmer...this rose is very pretty , the color being so much different than other yellow roses

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Oh my, I love a yellow rose. Yours is a real beauty!

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      6 years ago from USA

      Gcrhoads64....thank you....I love them as well..especially old fashioned roses

    • Gcrhoads64 profile image

      Gable Rhoads 

      6 years ago from North Dakota

      Beautiful hub. I love climbing roses. ++


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