'Gilbert Nabonnand' rose References
Article (newspaper) (Jul 2009) Page(s) 3. Includes photo(s).
Patricia Routley: Once I used to patrol the back streets of nearby towns, driving slowly and searching gardens looking for bushes of thick-trunked and obviously old roses. G. Nabonnand was found like that, down a side street in Nannup at a house that had a derelict car body in the front garden, as well as this massive, creamy pink tea rose. There was nobody home that day but I took cuttings and eventually planted out two bushes in 2000. In that same year Rose Marsh at Kojonup sent me over cuttings of what she had bought years ago as ‘George Nabonnand’. I found it again in 2001 in Joan Lefroy’s garden in Manjimup where it was so old that the main trunk, thick as a mans thigh, was lying on the ground from its own weight. In her youth Joan had taken a cutting from a house in Guildford and as her plant had aged, she had tried to propagate it but was unsuccessful, I had more luck and it gave me great pleasure to be able to return two healthy young plants to Joan later that year. This tea rose does well on its own roots. ‘G. Nabonnand’, was bred in France in 1888 by the Nabonnand family. The G. was often guessed at and quoted as George, or Georges, but it was the initial for Gilbert Nabonnand, the breeder. The rose was still being included in the West Australian Dawson & Harrison 1932, and Bommeli, Baywater 1938 nursery catalogues, but after that, there was no public sign of it. In 1938 Alister Clark pleaded for it in the Australian Rose Annual as he saw it disappearing with changing fashions: “G. Nabonnand holds pride of place in late autumn and winter; nine feet high, its glorious foliage and clean flowers are a delight. Probably it would be difficult to replace it.” Forty years later the rose re-entered the nurseries in 1981, just two years after the birth of Heritage Roses in Australia and the growing awareness that members must seek out and conserve old roses. The fine new book Tea Roses. Old Roses for Warm Gardens gives the full story of how ‘G. Nabonnand’ then assumed the wrong name of ‘Jean Ducher’, under which it masqueraded for the next three decades. Excellent pictures of ‘Jean Ducher’ have now come to light and it was a prickly yellow tea rose, not really anything like the delicate tintings of the peachy pink and almost thornless ‘G. Nabonnand’. A 2009 worldwide plebiscite of tea roses places ‘G. Nabonnand’ as the 4th favourite tea rose in the world, and in the Western Australian charts, this rose tops the list. It is one of the few tea roses that grow well in our cooler climates and as our seasons get warmer, it can only get better still. The more it is picked, the more it will bloom, and that is the only pruning an old tea rose ever needs. ‘G. Nabonnand’ has the delicacy of colour, a large flower of good form and utter charm, a graceful half-nodding stance, exquisite perfume and few thorns. And the flowers are never affected by rain. What more could we ask?
Book (1987) Page(s) 379.
G. Nabonnand (T.).-Pale flesh ; vigorous ; one of the best garden Roses of its colour. (Autumn-flowering)
Book (1936) Page(s) 503.
Nabonnand, G. (tea) Nab. 1888; delicate pink, shaded light yellow, large to very large, semi-double, opens, large broad petals, solitary, fragrance 6/10, floriferous, upright stems, growth 7/10, upright, bushy. Sangerhausen
Book (1921) Page(s) 69.
My Back-Yard Roses in Their Fourth Season By Arthur P. Greeley, Washington, D.C.
Roses Giving over Fifty Blooms
Mme Eugene Marlitt. Bourbon... Own Root, 12th Season, Average Blooms = 185, 1920 Blooms = 234
Ecarlate. Hybrid Tea... Own Root, 4th Season, Average Blooms = 113, 1920 Blooms = 185
Eugenie Lamesch. Polyantha... Own Root, 5th Season, Average Blooms = 112, 1920 Blooms = 126
G. Nabonnand. Tea... Own Root, 11th Season, Average Blooms = 229, 1920 Blooms = 97
Lady Ursula. Hybrid Tea... Grafted, 4th Season, Average Blooms = 82, 1920 Blooms = 87
Winter Gem. Tea... Own Root, 12th Season, Average Blooms = 45, 1920 Blooms = 58
Antoine Rivoire. Hybrid Tea... Own Root, 5th Season, Average Blooms = 54, 1920 Blooms = 57
Lucullus. Bengal... Own Root, 12th Season, Average Blooms = 80, 1920 Blooms = 51
Leonie Lamesch. Polyantha... Grafted, 3rd Season, Average Blooms = 92, 1920 Blooms = 50
Website/Catalog (1920) Page(s) 25.
Tea-scented Roses. G. Nabonnand, pale rose, shaded yellow
Article (magazine) (1919) Page(s) 70-71.
There is a popular error that these decorative Tea and China Roses are excessively tender. This has not been my experience. There are a few... that are undoubtedly tender, but with me such grand Teas as Lady Roberts, Madame Hoste, G. Nabonnand and the like, are as hardy as Betty or Mme. Abel Chatenay.....
I shall not attempt any order of merit in setting down the varieties, but I cannot refrain from mentioning, first, one Rose that seems to me an outstanding beauty, and that is G. Nabonnand. It has very large petals, colour soft salmon pink, shaded yellow. The flowers open very wide, and in autumn are wondrously beautiful. Its buds, too, are long and handsome. The wood is thornless, and foliage bold and bright.
Website/Catalog (1914) Page(s) 30.
G. Nabonnand... P. Nabonnand, 1889, vigorous. Pale flesh, shaded yellow, distinct; very fine for decorative work.
Website/Catalog (1914) Page(s) 14.
Tea Roses. G. Nabonnand. Soft pink with yellow, attractive colouring, extra beautiful bud; cut rose.
G. Nabonnond. One of the most satisfactory. Continuous bloomer. Delicate cream suffused with pink. A beautiful rose. 35 cents.
Book (1913) Page(s) 92-3.
G. Nabonnand. -- An excellent Tea rose for the garden, with good blooms of pale rose and yellow colouring. Free growing and very fine in autumn; during September and October it is often the best rose in the whole garden.