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A Family of Roses
 
(1971)  Page(s) 75, 138.  
 
Page 75: [Poulsen] started the polyantha roses, the type that gave rise to the floribundas, the most popular type today. 'Poulsen's Pearl' is typical of that early type. Poulsen's was the dominant firm with those roses in the thirties. 'Else Poulsen', a very famous rose, is still grown after all this time... 'Else Poulsen', 'Karen Poulsen', 'Kirsten Poulsen' are all roses named after the girls of the family...
Page 138: [Considered by Sam McGredy to be one of the great roses of our time...] The year 1924 saw the arrival of 'Else Poulsen', the first of the true Poulsen polyanthas. Very free-flowering and very frost-hardy, it is still grown all over the world and is seen in large quantities in Denmark and Scandinavia generally and in the U.S.A. It is not fragrant and is rather a harsh pink by present standards.
 
(1971)  Page(s) 152.  
 
Emma Wright McGredy 1918. Orange-shaded salmon hybrid tea. A unique colour in its day.
 
(1971)  Page(s) 32.  
 
Kordes has raised a line of hybrid teas, the best of which, I think, is Ernest E. Morse...
 
(1971)  Includes photo(s).
 
p24. Pencil sketch of 'Evelyn Fison'.

p96 'Evelyn Fison' was named in 1962 for the wife of the managing director of the Fison fertilizer company; the company used the rose in colourful beds around its offices in the large converted hotel it has at Felixstowe, and also at its branches, and sent plants to its customers in many places.

p110 I encountered professional P.R. for the first time in the person of Bob Aylwin....and in the event Bob remained as P.R. man for McGredy's nursery for a period of ten years. He had a lot of sound ideas and he did some very good things for me. He was responsible for the arrangements that led up to the naming of the 'Evelyn Fison' rose for Fisons and we did a lot of business from that - I sold a quarter of a million roses in one year.

p121 ....and 'Evelyn Fison got the gold medal for a red floribunda.

p156. 1962. 'Evelyn Fison' ('Irish Wonder'). 'Moulin Rogue' x 'Korona'. Fragrant scarlet floribunda. Gold Medal, R.N.R.S.
(1971)  Page(s) 92.  
 
The very name Fragrance could be described as witty in the classical sense of the word if only because no one had thought of applying it to a rose before 1924.
 
(1971)  
 
p144. Sam McGredy: ....and 'Galway Bay', and all of these roses are very popular and in the running for the distinction of the adjective 'great'.

p158. 'Galway Bay'. 'Heidelberg' x 'Queen Elizabeth'. Salmon-pink climber.
(1971)  Page(s) 45.  
 
The gene for true orange was not in any rose... and now there are several oranges and orange scarlets because of the mutation that gave Kordes' 'Independence'...
(1971)  Page(s) 152.  
 
Golden Emblem McGredy 1917. Parentage: Madame Melanie Soupert x Constance. Fragrant canary yellow hybrid tea.
 
(1971)  Page(s) 57.  
 
Dickson won the [Royal National Rose Society's President's] trophy with 'Grandpa Dickson' in 1965. 'Grandpa Dickson' is a magnificent rose of a light yellow colour -- but just about that time, or a little later, Kordes brought out 'Peer Gynt', which is not quite as good as 'Grandpa Dickson' but is a deep, deep yellow, and the deeper yellow is always what the public prefers.
 
(1971)  Page(s) 146.  
 
Among hardy hybrid teas we now have 'Peer Gynt' and 'Grandpa Dickson'.
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