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"Smith's Parish" rose References
Newsletter  (May 2015)  Page(s) 14. Vol 36, No. 3.  Includes photo(s).
 
Peter Holmes, President Bermuda Rose Society.
"Smith's Parish (See also title image [page 9]) grew in the garden of Somerville, the home of Miss Bertha Outerbridge, who welcomed Ronica Watlington to Smith's Parish as a new bride in 1954 and gave her several slips of this most interesting rose. It grows into a very big, open bush of up to 6ft.(l.8m) or more. Most of the 2in.(5cm) blooms are white, but many bear a streak of vivid crimson or deep pink and occasionally there is a rose that is completely pink or red. These variations can be seen blooming simultaneously on the same bush - an unforgettable sight. A constant bloomer. There is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that "Smith's Parish" may be 'Fortune's Five-Coloured Rose' but until there is positive proof, we will continue to call it by its Mystery name.
Newsletter  (Feb 2014)  Page(s) 30.  Includes photo(s).
 
Jeff Wyckoff – Immediate Past President American Rose Society- USA. The 75th Bermuda Rose Show.
Among the Mystery Roses, one of the more intriguing was ‘Smith’s Parish’, described by Charles Walker as having “red-tinged buds open to fairly double creamy white blooms. The irregularly-shaped inner petals are initially blushed with faint pink at their edges, which have a somewhat tattered aspect. Some of its blooms are vividly striped in varying degrees with red. More rarely, an entire bloom will be red, pink, or perhaps a combination of the two.” It is now classed by the ARS as ‘Fortune’s Five-Colored Rose’, which it apparently has not definitively proven to be. However, in the Bermuda Show, this variety was divided into ‘Smith’s Parish Red’ and ‘Smith’s Parish White’, the former being almost entirely red while the latter, seen in many gardens across the island, invariably had a small touch of pink on its otherwise white blooms. Sometimes this took the form of a narrow petal edge, at other times just a sort of beauty mark that can appear anywhere on the bloom. Very unique!
Photo. ‘Smith’s Parish White’
Book  (2006)  Page(s) 89.  
 
"Smith's Parish". ["Fortune's Five-Colored Rose"]. T. Rapid rebloom. Outstanding fragrance. Habit [diagram] 2. Found. [Provenance: Manners; Bermuda]. Creamy white petals, occasionally pale pink, of satiny texture with larger petals guarding smaller ribbons. The rare red stripe occurs on a few flowers. Vigorous though China-like in its twiggy habit; everblooming.
Website/Catalog  (2005)  Includes photo(s).
 
p12 Photo. "Smith's Parish"

p23. “Smith's Parish” (Prob. Tea Rose, Found, Parentage, Introducer, & Date Unknown) “Smith’s Parish” is among the best known of the famous “Bermuda Mystery Roses.” In maturity, if not much pruned, this rose achieves considerable size and wonderful presence. Disease free, it blooms throughout the year in mild-climates. Some rose historians believe “Smith’s Parish” to be the long-lost ‘Five-Colored Rose’ – brought to England in 1844 by Robert Fortune. Without prejudice, we note that it blooms in a range of colors, color combinations, and flower forms. Semi-double snow white blooms on one cane contrast with solid red on another. Almost-double, shaded pink blooms bear a passing resemblance to those of ‘Hermosa.’ Some blooms are white, hazed pink. Snow-white near neighbors are randomly-streaked blood red. Have you counted? You'll find five distinctly different blooms on different parts of the plant. this may, or may not, be 'Five-Colored Rose', and there's little hope of proof either way. By any name, however, "Smith's Parish" is a first class addition to any mild-climate garden. (Donated by Ashdown Roses).
Book  (15 Oct 2001)  Page(s) 99.  
 
Marijke Peterich. The Preservation of Old Garden Roses in Bermuda.
"[Bermuda] White Smith Parish". This is a very interesting rose: It grows into a very big, open bush of up to six ft (1.8 m) with pale green, dainty foliage. The three- to five-leaflet leaves are minimally serrated, with prickles under the leaf stalk. Prickles are pale when young and very hooked. Buds are often pale yellowish-white, and it produces small, cupped, semidouble flowers with red styles. Most of the two inch (5cm) blooms are white, but many bear a streak of vivid crimson or deep pink and occasionally there is a rose that is completely pink or red. These variations can be seen blooming simultaneously on the same bush. A constant bloomer, it also sets attractive orange hips. It is thought that this rose may be 'Fortune's Five Coloured Rose'. Dr. Charles Walker did research and his article on the subject for the RNRS in 1986 is reprinted with his permission in our book. Mrs. Tchertoff, who visited Bermuda and lives in France, collected some leaves and Dr. Jay compared them with DNA obtained from other plants believed to be 'Fortune's Five Coloured Rose'. None matched; alas.. the mystery continues.
Book  (2000)  Page(s) 161.  
 
"Smith's Parish" Bermuda mystery rose. ...."Smith's Parish" is an unusual rose of varying color. Large plants to 6 feet taunt the grower with semi-double flowers of white, white with bright red streaks, and deep shades of pink or red. Occasionaly all these color variations will occur on the plant at the same time.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 106.  Includes photo(s).
 
'Fortune's Five-Colored Rose', "Smith's Parish". A Tea. Introduced from China by Fortune, launched 1844. Recently rediscovered in Smith's Parish, Bermuda. .Repeat flowering. Height to 120cm (4ft). Photographed in the Huntington Rose Garden, Los Angeles
Book  (1992)  Includes photo(s).
 
p17. Photo. "Smith's Parish"

p352. "Smith's Parish". Large bush with very light green foliage. The flowers are semi-double - sometimes all white, sometimes with one or more red stripes. Sometimes the bush will have an all red flower. Very pale yellow stamens. Originally found in Smith's Parish, hence the name. Continuous. Suitable for pots. Availability limited. 6' x 5'. 1.8 x 1.5m.
Book  (1984)  Page(s) 46.  Includes photo(s).
 
Plate 40. "Smith's Parish". This rose is a real mystery. It grows into a very big open bush up to 6ft high. The foliage is pale green and quite dainty. It produces small cupped flowers about 1 1/2" across,. pure white with a bright red streak, a deep shade of pink, or a deep red - all at the same time. To see this bush in full bloom is quite unforgettable. Constant bloomer.
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