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Visions of Roses
 
(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.
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 139, 142, 181.  Includes photo(s).
 
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Page 181: Description... almost single when fully open...
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 162.  Includes photo(s).
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 184.  
 
‘Belvedere’…. is also listed as ‘Princess Marie’ and ‘Ethel’, just one of the many conundrums in the world of roses.
 
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 202.  
 
Centifolia rose. 'Fantin-Latour'. When seen at its best, this rose will convince even the most ardent rejectors of non-remontant roses that it should be growing in their gardens, for it has to be one of the most beautiful of shrubs. The exquisite many-petalled form of its blush-pink flowers is pure Centifolia-like, but in other respects this rose is not easy to classify. Its leaves are not as coarse as those of most Centifolias; their colour is more grey-green, and the whole plant is not as thorny. Its origins are a mystery. There appears to be no reference to a rose introduced especially for the French artist whose name it bears. My belief is that it acquired its name after Fantin-Latour’s death because it resembles roses painted by him. I have heard one suggestion that it was once an unnamed understock, but I cannot agree; it is far too refined and artistocratic for such a role. In any case, it does not root easily enough from cuttings to be a cost-effective understock. As a garden rose it is simplicity itself to grow. Just find a spot where it can do its own thing and let it get on with it, no matter what the soil type. Dead-heading each year will suffice for pruning. If planted against a wall, it will attain a height of at least ten feet.
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 140.  Includes photo(s).
 
Denmark 1914. Description... Large, almost tomato-sized, crimson hips... foliage is bright yellow in autumn...
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 175.  
 
The shortest-growing and yet most free-flowering of the fruit-bearing hybrid Rugosas...
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 166.  
 
Gloire de France can be pegged
(Sep 1996)  Page(s) 106.  Includes photo(s).
 
When first introduced to England two hundred years ago -- though it is actually much older -- it was known as 'Cuisse de Nymphe': nymph's thigh. May ball in wet weather. There are said to be two clones -- 'Great Maiden's Blush' and 'Small Maiden's Blush' -- with little difference between them, except that perhaps in the latter case the flowers are fractionally smaller and the growth slightly shorter; but Beales says he has never seen this difference and prefers the simple name Maiden's Blush...
(Sep 1996)  
 
p70. Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa, California [garden] ....is achieved with Gallicas such as 'Hippolyte' and....

p111. Le Batiment. Thire Ste Hermine, France [garden]. ....not just climbers and ramblers, but several Gallicas which have grown very much taller than normal in this agreeable position. Among these I spotted the very ancient 'Hippolyte', a beautiful, graceful purple Gallica, and the similarly coloured 'Cardinal de Richelieu....
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