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Discussion id : 103-913
most recent 3 AUG 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 3 AUG 17 by CybeRose
Meehans' Monthly. vol. 4. p. 10 (Jan 1894)
Rose, Wm. Allan Richardson.—This beautiful rose is far more popular in the old world than it is here, having been named in honor of Mr. W. A. Richardson, a highly esteemed amateur horticulturist, of Louisville, Ky. The climate being not so severe in that part of the world, it lives out without injury during English winters, and in some cases is used as a climber for ornamenting walls, frequently reaching to the second stories of the houses. Its golden-yellow flowers have obtained for it in that part of the world, the common name of the apricot rose, which name is unfairly supplanting the American name which justly belongs to it.

Meehans' Monthly. vol. 4. p. 56 (April 1894)
William Allan Richardson Rose.—It was recently noted in Meehans' Monthly that this rose, named in honor of a distinguished amateur of Louisville, Kentucky, was very popular in the old world as a climbing rose. Miss Laura Bennett, of Camilla, Georgia, says of it in our country:
"After testing it eight or ten years I would say that the William Allan Richardson combines as many good points as any other rose of my acquaintance. In the South it is perfectly hardy, growing more after the manner of the Gold of Ophir and Zelia Pradel, not so rapidly or vigorously as the Cloth of Gold, Solfaterre, Climbing Devoniensis, Lamarque, Reine Marie Henriette, and some other climbers. It blooms as early and late as any other ever-bloomer.
There is not a month in the year in which I have not seen it in full flower one year or another. Its unusual color adds much to its popularity. In unfavorable weather it has a faded appearance. In common parlance it is "Bill Dick" for short."
Discussion id : 94-600
most recent 31 AUG 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 AUG 16 by Andrew from Dolton
From, English Flower Garden, by William Robinson 1899 edition, published by John Murray.

"Apricot or W. A. Richardson. - This is a popular rose, classed as a Noisette, but it is more a Tea Rose than anything... ...It is hardy and vigorous, free in bloom, and unsurpassed in its deep orange-yellow shade. The flowers are born in clusters, and are best in the bud state, being only semi-double when fully open".
Reply #1 of 1 posted 31 AUG 16 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Andrew. Reference added
Discussion id : 33-159
most recent 15 JAN 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 14 JAN 09 by edalweber
This seems to be a very feeble grower.I have tried four plants from two nurseries ans all died.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 15 JAN 09 by Cass
I have a budded plant that is wonderful. Maybe you can bud one or find someone to do it for you. Even budded, it isn't a particularly large plant. It is among my healthiest tea-noisettes.
Discussion id : 32-710
most recent 3 JAN 09 SHOW ALL
Initial post 30 DEC 08 by Josef Distl
In the 1910 NRS Rose Annual, from which the Notes to this rose are extracted, it is also stated that ... Madame Ducher ... was especially interested in a Rose which he [William Allan Richardson] sent her of a pale yellow colour, and she wrote Mr. Richardson that she had a sport from this rose in her own garden, which, if successful in propagation, she would name for him. ...

This contradicts the Parentage given in August Jägers "Rosenlexikon" which is adopted also here at HMF. Neither is it clear, that the Rose from which Mme. Duchers sport arose, is actually 'Reve d'Or', although Gerd Krüssmann in "Rosen, Rosen, Rosen" states this, and it is adopted in various other publications.

Gregg Lowery in his "Vintage Garden Book of Roses" states: "This should be a sport of 'Reve d'Or' but has rather different character apart form the color of its flowers". This again supports the seedling thesis.

If 'Reve d'Or' is involved at all, is to be doubted from the description in the 1910 Rose Annual again, where a "pale yellow" Rose is mentioned, a colour that can by no means be ascribed to 'Reve d'Or'. It rather would refer to 'Madame Schulz' which is said to be a parent of 'Reve d'Or' and the colour of the flowers of which is named as "canary yellow" in Jäger's "Rosenlexikon". This could also be used to explain the above mentioned observations of Mr. Lowery. But why should Richardson have sent a French bred Rose 'Mme Schulz' to Vve. Ducher?

Is there any Rose similar to 'William Allen Richardson' except in colour of flower, which was introduced a few years before 'William Allen Richardson' from an American source and which endeavouring to sent to Vve. Ducher would have made any sense to Richardson?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 3 JAN 09 by HMF Admin

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