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Jeri Jennings
most recent 15 SEP HIDE POSTS
Initial post 12 SEP by Jeri Jennings
The study name "George Washington Richardson" should probably be added to synonyms for 'Mlle. de Sombreuil', as its identity appears to be pretty certain.

It was found on the grave of George Washington Richardson, a Northern California blacksmith who died, age 32, in 1896.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 12 SEP by Patricia Routley
Has anybody grown "George Washington Richardson" alongside "Huntington La Biche" or "La Biche (In commerce as)"?
Reply #2 of 6 posted 12 SEP by Jeri Jennings
No. There is little distribution for George Washington Richardson. But everyone here who knows both roses recognizes them as identical.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 14 SEP by Patricia Routley
I suspect that we may end up with many foundling roses in the 'Mlle de Sombreuil' file one day. Whilst HelpMeFind does tell us which name the photographer has selected when the photo is opened, it is not immediately obvious at first glance. I think it will be valuable to have the photos edited with the name of the rose, (or foundling name, whichever is relevant). Would the photographers please insert names for the photos in this file and then I will feel happy to merge "George Washington Richardson". I have added the names to the "George Washington Richardson" file, but it is peak spring here and my garden calls.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 14 SEP by Jeri Jennings
The only photos I am aware of are mine. But I'm not quite sure what I need to do.

Let it rest until you are at a less-busy time! Here, I'm just praying that cooler weather will continue. The plants seem to think it will.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 14 SEP by Patricia Routley
Thanks Jeri. I was probably not clear in my comment. I will rephrase by asking:
Are there any photos in the 'Mlle de Sombreuil' file which were the rose once known as:
• "Huntington La Biche"
• "La Biche (In commerce as)"
If so, which ones please? I believe the "study name" should be included in the photo's description.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 15 SEP by Jeri Jennings
Oh, I see. Likely all of them, since it is STILL in commerce as 'La Biche' despite the fact that most authorities are now in agreement that the rose which was at the Huntington as 'La Biche' is in actual fact 'Mlle. de Sombreuil'.

Let me take a look at the various photos and give you a better answer.
most recent 23 AUG HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 AUG by Jeri Jennings
A Chinese-speaking friend told me today (8-22-2017) that the name of this rose translates more or less as "Beautiful Damsel":

"SUI...means Chinese dialect...mei ren means people..hence its like "beautiful damsel"...lovely name for a lovely rose..."
most recent 26 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 MAY by John P
Hi There,

My name is John, I'm searching for a Cleopatra Rose. It's reddish pink in color with white accents. I've called around 50 growers and had to luck finding one.

We lost our cat, Fuzz Face, whom we often called Fuzzopatra. We're hoping to bury her ashes with a Cleopatra rose as a tribute.

Do any of you have a Cleopatra rose in your garden? If not, do you know anyone who might?

I thank you for any of your time and efforts with this. Have a great day!
Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 MAY by Jeri Jennings
Sorry John -- Don't have it, and don't believe I've ever seen it.

I checked to see if the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden lists it, and they do not.

Best advice would be to try a query on the Gardenweb Rose Forum.
most recent 31 MAR SHOW ALL
Initial post 26 APR 13 by Rupert, Kim L.
The rose was a gift from Mel Hulse of The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden some years ago. Reportedly, it was collected from the grave of Sam Hill.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 31 MAR by Jeri Jennings
Pretty sure "Requa Plot" is the same rose. I grew several of whatever this is, including Requa . . .
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