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Fifty Favourite Roses
(1995)  Page(s) 78.  
 
Since the introduction of 'Rayon d'Or' a multitude of yellow roses has been produced with greater or lesser claims to perfection from their breeders but, until the coming of the floribunda 'Allgold' from the Norfolk breeder Edward Le Grice in 1956, no rose had really overcome all the drawbacks that the use of R. foetida had brought...
(1995)  Page(s) 14-15.  Includes photo(s).
 
Description. One of his fifty favorite roses ... One of the few American roses to have made the transition [to the UK] successfully. Can be grown as a fairly upright shrub to about 4 feet, or as a vigorous but not especially tall climber. The magnificent flowers of 'Aloha' have inherited many of their qualities from one parent, 'Mercedes Gallart'. (The other parent is 'New Dawn'.) The fully expanded blooms more closely resemble one of the old roses or a paeony than those of a hybrid tea. It can be slow to get started, but is relatively disease-free, though it may be susceptible to rust.
(1995)  Page(s) 101-103.  Includes photo(s).
 
Officinalis One of his fifty favorite roses. The gallicas are the only family from among the old garden roses that is entitled to be written without the "x" indicating hybrid origin (i.e., R. x damascena, etc.) The oldest cultivated rose we know. Flowers: 2 1/2 in diameter, semi-double. The rather rough gallica foliage does not age particularly well and mildew can be unsightly from July onward unless spraying is regularly carried out. In England the First Earl of Lancaster had a French wife with properties in the Provins area and it is said that he brought the rose across the English Channel and made it his badge. Thus it became the Red Rose of Lancaster.
(1995)  Page(s) 78.  
 
Arthur Bell was probably the next noteworthy yellow floribunda, a full ten years after the introduction of 'Allgold'... a first-class rose in all ways except for its lack of colour-fastness...
(1995)  Page(s) 17, 18, 19.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 17: [Photo] Ballerina [One of the author's fifty favourite roses. Gibson devotes several pages to a discussion of this rose, including its history, training and cultivation.] This rose makes a dense, rounded shrub... The many flowering shoots carry large heads of small, single flower, light pink and with a white eye, resembling and often compared with apple blossom... It came from the Pemberton nursery after Joseph Pemberton's death and was probably one of his seedlings... J.A. Bentall introduced 'Ballerina' in 1937, the same year that the German nurseryman, Peter Lambert (who had earlier bred the shrub rose 'Trier' which was the foundation variety of the hybrid musk line), introduced a rose very similar to 'Ballerina' called 'Mozart'... they are so alike that it seems possible that they were sister seedlings...
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Page 19: [Photo] In the 1960s, Fryer's Nurseries put it in their catalogue and really began to promote it... In their 1964 catalogue they devoted a whole page to 'Ballerina'... It makes an absolutely first-rate standard rose, forming an excellent head, much better than that of any hybrid teas or floribundas...
 
(1995)  Page(s) 22, 23.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 22: [PHOTO] Blush Rambler [The author devotes several pages to a discussion of this rose. It is among his fifty favourite roses.]... cupped, soft pink flowers... almost thornless... It is sometimes confused with 'Kew Rambler' [author discusses how they differ]... 'Blush Rambler' was introduced during the peak period for the popularity of the rambler roses, the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth.
Page 23: [PHOTO] If 'Blush Rambler' had arrived on the scene just one year earlier it would certainly have been extolled in Gertrude Jekyll's Rose for English Gardens, for ramblers and their uses were one of her passions and this became one of her favourites.
 
(1995)  Page(s) 48.  
 
Bonsoir was named after a make of pyjamas
(1995)  Page(s) 30.  
 
[One of the author's fifty favorite roses] ('Bizarre Triomphant') Not listed in River's The Rose Amateur's Guide (1840) or Paul's The Rose Garden (1848). Description... Probably originated in France... Illustrates the difference between the formation of the blooms of many of the old roses and those most highly prized today. Without exception, the double roses from earliest days until the middle of the last century or a little later had short centre petals and much longer outer ones. This meant that the blooms would open out cupped or goblet-shaped. With roses such as the centifolias they might stay this way, but others, among them 'Charles de Mills' and many other gallicas, would then open out flat...
(1995)  Page(s) 32-33.  Includes photo(s).
 
Compassion One of Michael Gibson's fifty favorite roses... beautifully shaped, hybrid tea-type flowers of apricot pink with a soft orange glow in the centre... The scent, too, is outstanding... 'Compassion' is known in France as 'Belle de Londres'... The name 'Compassion derives from the United Kingdom welfare organization REHAB, and a proportion of the receipts from the initial sales went to this charity... It has been introduced into the Harkness breeding lines and been eminently successful as the parent of two outstanding hybrid teas, 'Paul Shirville' and 'Rosemary Harkness'...
 
(1995)  Page(s) 34-35.  Includes photo(s).
 
[Of the author's fifty favorite roses...] Description... for long described as a Gallica, although the typical Gallica is a fairyly upright, twiggy shrub of only moderate size. Does not appear to be in any of the old books.
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