'Gladsome' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Sandie Maclean
Medium pink Hybrid Multiflora.
Registration name: Gladsome
Exhibition name: Gladsome
Hybrid Multiflora, Rambler.
Pink, white center. Small, single (4-8 petals) bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Height of 8' (245 cm). Width of 15' (455 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).
'Gladsome' is said to be late (spring) flowering and very prickly. It appears to be a multiflora rose and various authors have referred to it as "no fragrance", and "musk scented". Refer references.
Information received from Sandie Maclean reveals that Alister Clark donated cuttings of 'Gladsome' to the Lord Mayor's Appeal' in May, 1936.
When Fran Cleland
sent her photos of 'Gladsome', she said, "no, it's not a rhododendron. 'Cherub' is just the same in size and flower shape, but is what Susan Irvine refers to as a pale bone china pink which is exactly right. They flower beside each other near the gateway of the Alister Clark Garden and it's like walking through a fountain of roses."
Christine Peterson writes: This is a magnificent rose with flowers that last for weeks on the bush or cut and put into a vase. I grow only floribunda and old world David Austin Roses and as an Australian grower you must include at least one Alister Clarke rose. I would recommend this rose to anyone wanting something special to create a hedge. I first saw this rose at a day where Penny McKinlay spoke and she had one for sale I'm quite sure she could have sold a dozen at least. I purchased mine from her the next day.