Three Years Wanderings in the Northern Provinces in China
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Another rose, which the Chinese call the “five-coloured,” was also found in one of these gardens at this time. It belongs to the section commonly called China roses in this country, but grows in a very strange and beautiful manner. Sometimes it produces self-coloured blooms—being either red or French white, and frequently having flowers of both on one plant at the same time—while at other times the flowers are striped with the two colours. This will also be as hardy as our common China rose.
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[Robert Fortune describes his visit in Ning-Po in 1844:]
The gardens of the mandarins were extremely gay, particularly during the early months of the year: and, what was of more importance to me, contained a number of plants of great beauty and interest. On entering one of the gardens on a fine morning in May, I was struck by a mass of yellow flowers which completely covered a distant part of the wall. The colour was not a common yellow, but had something of buff in it, which gave the flowers a striking and uncommon apeearance. I immediately ran up to the place, and, to my surprise and delight, found that it was a most beautiful new double yellow climbing rose. I have no doubt, from what I afterwards learned, that this rose is from the more northern districts of the empire, and will prove perfectly hardy in Europe.