Old Blush Noisette established a new group among roses. Its heavily clustering bloom, its musky scent, its strong growth and hardiness were greatly admired, and Blush Noisette was seized upon by French growers, both professional and amateur, many varieties resulting from new hybridization... Redouté illustrated the Rose of Philippe Noisette, the Blush Noisette, and Thory, the botanist, gave its distinguishing points in the text... [description] Flowers are double and more, two to two and a half inches in diameter, of white, washed with pink, a little yellow at the shank, fragrant with a hint of musk. The pale blush roses, lateral and terminal, three to six on a stem, form in their grouping a great panicle of bloom up to a hundred and thirty, an impressive feature...
(1935) Page(s) 116-117.
[Thomas Rivers wrote:] Monsieur Bréon... a French botanist, and now a seedsman in Paris... arrived at Bourbon in 1817, as botanical traveller for the government of France, and curator of the Botanical and Naturalization Garden there... [Bréon] sent plants [of 'L'Ile de Bourbon Rose'] to Monsieur Jacques, gardener at the Château de Neuilly, near Paris, who distributed them among the rose cultivators of France. M. Bréon named it 'Rose de L'le [sic] de Bourbon'... The original 'Rose de l'Ile de Bourbon' was a very deep rose-pink bloom of about twenty petals...
(1935) Page(s) 186.
... still preserved...
(1935) Page(s) 177-178.
[To create repeat-blooming roses, Jean Laffay] used Hybrid Chinas [especially 'Athelin' and 'Celine'] which he crossed with Damask Perpetuals and Bourbons...
p5. Leonie Bell. Foreword to the 1978 facsimile edition.
One pale pink mailed here as "Mrs. Pryne's Grandmother's Favourite Rose" (try to fit that on a label), now sold as "Fantin Latour" is, we are confident, her much older 'Celine'.
p140 The Hybrid China Rose [chapter].
'Celine' (probably): We saw this rose through several seasons before we said, "Celine, probably." Since we said it we have found that 'Celine', Hybrid Bourbon, was much grown, much used in developing early forms of the Hybrid Perpetual, and much used for understock after its garden usefulness went into a decline. This rose is typically Bourbon in foliage. The growth is arching to six or seven feet, branching and diffuse. Its flowers are a lovely shade of light, clear pink, very large, quite double, cupped in form, coming in large, closely headed clusters on strong stems. On opening the rose shows a tendency to quarter like 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' although it is not nearly so full. The fragrance when the rose is expanding seems like a Damask scent, very sweet but not very lasting. 'Celine' blooms early and freely over a long period, but has no second flowering.
p178 'Celine' pale rose-color, very large and double....
(1935) Page(s) 176, 188, 189.
Page 176: [Ellwanger showed that the most prolific Hybrid Perpetual seed-bearers were:] 'La Reine', 'Jules Margottin', 'Victor Verdier', 'Géant des Batailles', 'Général Jacqueminot', and 'Charles Lefebvre'.
Page 188: 'Charles Lefebvre', 1861, the convergence of two lines, 'La Reine' and 'Général Jacqueminot', a type of rose of thick petals, very velvety and rich in color... given to fading quickly...
Page 189: Charles Lefebvre
Hybrid Perpetual 1861
... so admired in the past... believed to be the result of a cross between 'Général Jacqueminot' and 'Victor Verdier'... very occasional thorns, if any... large... a reddish crimson color sometimes shaded with purple...
(1935) Page(s) 105.
Souvenir d'un Ami, 1846: For two years we hung affectionately about this fascinating rose, photographed it, and studied it through all the books on Tea roses we could find before we dared to say, "You are that old beloved Souvenir d'un Ami." Among all Tea roses of cupped form which we have seen, this rose has the most perfectly circular outline and the finest conformation of folded petals which are of a consistency, strength, and elastic softness of a non-crushable resilient dull silk we long for but never see. The color is, likewise, exquisitely soft, being a light rose, deeper in the center, with yellow shanks, so suffused with a light or infused with a color that the effect is that of a salmonish rose. Two bushes of this Souvenir were among the roses we found at Creek Side. They grow four to five feet, making strong shoots which bear abundant foliage, leathery and much tinted with purplish red, and branching into loose clusters of blooms, each rose on a good stem, the whole forming a wide umbel of bloom. This rose excited curiosity as well as admiration. We wonder how it acquired its unusual blessings of perfect features, form, texture, color, fragrance, beauty and strength of foliage and perfect hardiness. Speaking of Souvenir d'un Ami, Parsons says in his book, "The Rose", "It is indeed the queen of the tea-scented roses and will rank the very first among them."
(1935) Page(s) 52. Includes photo(s).
Crested Moss (Rosa centifolia cristata), or Chapeau de Napoleon, a rose sent out by Vibert in 1827, probably is not truly a Moss. Little whisk-brooms of bristly, resinous green edge the sepals so that the bud seems to wear a three-cornered hat which breaks open and is lost to sight behind the cabbage bloom of rose-pink with Centifolia fragrance. These little fringy bunches occur on the foliage sometimes.
(1935) Page(s) 178.
Duchess of Sutherland Laffay 1840, rosy pink, large, full, shy in autumn
(1935) Page(s) 85.
Ruga was a very popular rose years past as were three other Ayrshires which should be found somewhere: Bennett's Seedling.... Dundee Rambler, white, double, medium, of compact form; Splendens...