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Visions of Roses
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 86, 102.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 86: [Photo with companion plants]
Page 102: [Photo]
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 164.  
 
....is an outstanding white rambler which my nursery has been guilty for a number of years of listing erroneously as 'White Flight', and which is clearly a sport from 'Mrs. F. W. Flight'. It appears that when first introduced by Hilliers of Winchester in the 1950s it was named 'Astra Desmond' and it has been distributed since under both names.
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 117.  
 
English roses generally have flowers in the style of the old roses but behave after the fashion of the moderns in that, unlike most shrub roses, if they are not pruned fairly hard each season they become spindly and less free-flowering.
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 47.  Includes photo(s).
 
It is one of the most fragrant of roses and has been used in the production of perfume since before the Middle Ages.
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 62.  Includes photo(s).
 
An Ayrshire, blush-pink.
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 136.  
 
....These include that most agreeable, highly scented,rich pink Damask rose of unknown provenance, Belle Amour...
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 23.  Includes photo(s).
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 90, 92.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 90: [Photo]
Page 92: [Photo] A pink continuously-flowering semi-procumbent rose which is one of the best and most widely grown roses of our time. Rosa sempervirens x ('Mlle. Martha Carron' x 'Picasso'). Extremely healthy.
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 28, 87, 167.  Includes photo(s).
 
Origins unknown. Efforts to identify Charles de Mills or Charles Mills have found only an Englishman who was a director of the East India Company in Victorian times, and it is thought unlikely that he ever had a rose named for him...
p. 87: [Photo] Needs sun to bring out its more subtle purple tints...
p. 167: [Photo]
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 124, 187 188.  Includes photo(s).
 
p124. Few rose gardens made up predominantly of old varieties are without at least one plant of Gallica ‘Complicata’.... The flowering season of this rose may be fleeting but it makes up for this by the sheer number of flowers it produces when it is in bloom.

p187. ..... the sumptuous bright pink ‘Chapeau de Napoléon’ cohabiting easily with the much simpler, very lovely bright pink single ‘Complicata’.....

p188. No one knows from whence this rose came. It is usually listed as a Gallica, but both its growth habit and its flowers indicate that it clearly has the genes of other species in its make-up - Rosa macrantha in particular. I have also seen R. canina put forward as a possible progenitor. It is certainly too vigorous to be wholly Gallica, attaining a height, given support, of up to twelve to fifteen feet, especially if allowed to grow to its heart’s content. I prefer it as a shrub, with an accasional pruning to keep it in shape, when it can be quite spectacular in early June each year. Its flowers are large (four inches across) and single; their clear, almost shocking pink pales to soft pink in the centre, which then gives way to bright yellow stamens. They are sweetly scented and produced very freely all along long, arching branches. Foliage is crisp, profuse and mid- to dark green. The plant is not over-thorny and very healthy, tolerating even the poorest of soils. It makes a good informal hedge and, because of its tolerance of shade, will also do well as a woodland plant, looking especially effective in groups of five or more.
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