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"Emmie Gray" rose References
Newsletter  (May 2015)  Page(s) 13. Vol 36, No. 3.  Includes photo(s).
 
Peter Holmes, President Bermuda Rose Society.
"Emmie Gray". At one time thought to be 'Miss Lowe's variety', this rose, though obviously a China, was moved to the Mystery class. Miss Emmie Gray, from whose garden it came, was a teacher at the Bermuda High School for Girls for more than 30 years. Among those to whom she gave slips was Mrs. Mary Murdoch (Society President 1977-79) who propagated this rose in her small nursery. Bushes of "Emmie Gray" proliferate today. Vigorous and upright in habit, the bush can grow to 8ft.(2.4m).
Book  (2013)  Page(s) 78.  Includes photo(s).
 
Emmie Gray. At one time thought to be 'Miss Lowe's Variety', this rose, though obviously a China, was moved to the Mystery class....
Book  (2006)  Page(s) 79.  
 
"Emmie Gray". Ch. Rapid rebloom. No fragrance. Habit+ 3. Unknown, found. [Provenance: Manners; Bermuda]. This Bermuda foundling rose is guaranteed to charm garden visitors; its one-inch single flowers open a delicate rose-pink, deepening each day to rose-red, the clusters flaunting the full spectrum of shades; rather like 'Mutabilis' in color and in size, but more restrained.
Book  (15 Oct 2001)  Page(s) 98.  
 
Marijke Peterich. The Preservation of Old Garden Roses in Bermuda.
"Emmie Gray". Emmie Gray was a teacher at the Bermuda High school for more than thirty years. She gave slips to everybody including Mary Murdoch, the President of the Bermuda Rose Society from 1977-79. Vigorous and upright in habit, the bush can grow to eight ft (2.5m). The slender dark green leaves are very finely serrated and stems are delicate. Pink buds with foliated sepals open to single 1 1/2 inch (4cm) bright pink flowers with a darker colour towards the prominent yellow stamens. As the flowers age they darken in colour. The blooms close at night. "Emmie Gray" has lovely oval red hips.
Book  (Dec 1998)  Page(s) 223.  Includes photo(s).
 
Emmie Gray China (Tea) Bermuda Mystery Rose. Description... pink buds with foliated petals that open to single, bright pink to reddish flowers which darken at the center... dramatic yellow stamens... Emmie Gray was a high school teacher in Bermuda for more than 30 years...
Book  (3 Nov 1997)  Page(s) 68.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Feb 1995)  Page(s) 68.  
 
Emmie Gray Description... At one time thought to be 'Sanguinea' or 'Miss Lowe's Variety'... Emmie Gray, from whose garden it came, was a teacher at the Bermuda High School for Girls for more than 30 years... single 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) bright pink flowers with a darker colour towards the prominent yellow stamens. As the flowers age, the colour deepens to a rich crimson...
Book  (1984)  Includes photo(s).
 
p16. No. 7. 'Sanguinea (1887) or 'Miss Lowe's Variety' is a sport of R. chinensis semperflorens. For many years it was known in Bermuda as "Emmie Gray". This lady was a teacher at the Bermuda High School for girls for over 30 years and she must have given slips of her rose to a great many people, Judging from the number of bushes which exist today and the popularity which it enjoys. It is an extremely vigorous bush, with upright growth to a height of 8 ft. The foliage is dark green; the flowers are single, 2" across, varying in colour from rose pink to pinky red to rich scarlet, as they age. It is not fragrant. It is always in bloom, and produces lovely hips.

[no page number evident] Old Garden Roses in Bermuda. Revisions - September 1988.
p16. The rose described in #7 has been put back into the Mystery class and the description should read as follows:
'Miss Emmy Gray" was named after a lady who taught at the Bermnuda High School for Girls for over 30 years. She must have given slips of her rose to a great many people. Judging from the number of bushes which exist today and the popularity it enjoys. It is an extremely vigorous bush, with upright growth to a height of 8 ft. The foliage is dark green; the flowers are single, 2" across varying in colour from rose pink to pinky red to rich scarlet, as they age. It is not fragrant. It is always in bloom and produces lovely hips. The [In?] 1976 this rose was identified for us as 'Sanguinea' or 'Miss Lowe's Variety' and put into the China class. However, it has now been proven that 'Sanguinea and 'Miss Lowe's Variety' are two different roses. 'Sanguinea's description fits our rose better; but until we can get confirmation of this, we have put this rose back into the mystery class and again call it "Miss Emmy Gray".
Book  (1980)  Page(s) 131.  
 
Perter Harkness. Roses in Bermuda.
Finally, there is "Miss Emmie Gray" taking its name from a much loved teacher who gave her pupils cuttings from an ancient rose growing in her garden. it bears single red and single pink blooms, carrying them on the plant together. It has all the appearance of a China Rose, the growth was observed as anything up to 8 ft, and the colour variation was most noticeable, for the red flowers start and stay red, the pink likewise. When one reads descriptions of the true official species of R. chinensis spontanea, not reported seen by Western man since 1885, one is struck by their vagueness ("versatility" is how one commentator puts it) as to heights and colours. "Miss Emmie Gray" with all its variations as I saw them in Bermuda could fit those descriptions reasonably well. And before the comparison is dismissed as fanciful, let us remark that the rose seen in 1885 was growing at Ichang, up river from the port and commercial centre of Shanghai, within a degree or two of the latitude of Bermuda......
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