Newsletter (2013) Page(s) 14. Issue No. 9. Includes photo(s).
'By Any Other Name'.
Di Durston: Fresh Woods, A Living Rose Museum in the Elgin Valley.
....While on the Roseafrica tour....The trilogy of Tea roses, Rubens (1859), Archimede (1855) and Laurette (1853)
has fascinated both Gwen Fagan and myself for many years. It seems only to be now growing at Cape Town. Excitedly Mike and Jean Shoup and I set out on a two day Elgin Valley adventure. The route would take us past Fresh Woods, and the kind owners had invited us to call by. This would be a magical walk in the misty rain, through the woodland paths of the extensive garden of Fresh Woods, home of Peter and Barbara Knox-Shaw. What a treat. Also joining this special garden ramble were Charles and Brigid Quest-Ritson from the Royal National Rose Society; Jessie Walton, who is Gwen Fagan’s daughter.....
I did manage to see Archimede (photo at right) at Jessie’s, and yes I can now say that all three roses of the Robert trilogy that we have today are the same rose, even though the original descriptions indicate three very different roses. My conclusion after ten years of research is that the world appears to have lost two of the original three Robert Tea roses.
Book (15 Oct 2001) Page(s) 88.
Phillip Robinson. Tea Roses. Bearing a close resemblance in many characters to the last rose is "Rubens" (1859). Originally collected by Fred Boutin in Mexico for the Huntington, I have found it in several places in California. I am not absolutely convinced of the name since Gwen Fagan pictures it as 'Archimede' (1855) in her book Roses at the Cape of Good Hope and rosarians in Bermuda know it, incorrectly as 'Catherine Mermet'.
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 525.
Rubens Tea, white, shaded with rose, center bronzy yellow, 1859, Robert. Description.
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 56.
Rubens Tea. Robert & Moreau, 1859. [Author cites information from different sources.]
Magazine (1987) Page(s) 9. Vol 9, No. 2.
David Ruston: A Day With Peter Beales. ....Now the other rose growing on Octavus’ grave was identified without hesitation as 'Rubens'. Peter has bred an H.P. of the same name. Clair Matin thought it looked similar to the U.S. 'Rubens' but had more petals than in California.
Book (1936) Page(s) 632.
Rubens (tea) Mor. & Rob. 1859; flesh-white, center light pink, large, double, semi-globular, opens, solitary or up to 4, fragrance 6/10, mediocre, floriferous, strong repeat, stems with small prickles, slim light green branches, growth 5/10. Sangerhausen
Book (Dec 1903) Page(s) 729.
Rubens is first-rate in every way, one of the earliest and most continuous bloomers, strong in growth, and lovely in form. The flowers flesh-white, shading into pink, large and full.
Book (1902) Page(s) 81.
Thé. 1973. Rubens (Robert 1859), blanc bord rose
Book (1899) Page(s) 159.
Rubens, thé, Rob. et Mor., 1859, blanc bordé rose
Book (1897) Page(s) 275.
Specialities in Roses.—The number of kinds catalogued is unlimited. The great desideratum is, of course, to secure those which are of vigorous growth, good, healthy, and pleasing foliage, good-shaped flowers, and free-blooming disposition. Those qualities are found largely among the tea-scented and Noisette kinds, the following amongst them:
Rubens, rosy white
...These and many others are reliable for garden decoration and for cut flowers.