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'Great Western' rose References
Booklet  (2009)  Page(s) 29.  
Tetraploid...Great Western [Provenance: Antique Rose Emporium]
Book  (2006)  Page(s) 66.  Includes photo(s).
'Great Western'. Hybrid Bourbon. No rebloom. Outstanding fragrance. Habit: No. 1 on page 65. Laffay, 1840. Provenance: Lykke, Denmark. Deep crimson-purple flowers edged with pink, the outer petals flushed with pink, creating a pale aureole of color around the centers and adding extra drama to the deeply cupped, full blooms.
Book  (Aug 2002)  Page(s) 45.  
Great Western
Bourbon 1840
Not rated
Book  (2001)  Page(s) 47.  
Great Western Bourbon, mauve, 1840. Not rated.
Book  (1999)  Page(s) 286.  Includes photo(s).
'Great Western'. Old. Bourbon. Mauve. This fragrant rose starts with round , fat buds; there are so many of them that thinning is recommended to help them open. The double, globular, rounded blossoms are by turns deep red, magenta crimson or purple-maroon. They appear in early summer in clusters of 10-15 and look their best in the shade. It is a vigorous shrub that grows to 65 ft (1.8m) high and has branching stalks and canes that are covered with prickles. It does well on poor soil. Zones 5-9. Laffay, France, 1840. Parentage unknown.
Book  (1994)  Page(s) 3, 45, 47.  Includes photo(s).
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Page 45: Great Western is a hybrid Bourbon created by Jules Laffay, one of the preeminent French rose hybridizers of the early nineteenth century. Laffay was attempting to breed the repeat-blooming characteristic of 'Celine', a now possibly extinct Bourbon with large pink flowers, into a much hardier European rose, probably a Gallica or a Centifolia. The mauve-red flowers, and their tendency to form a button eye at the center, lead one to suspect that the other parent was a Gallica. It is once-blooming.
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Page 236. 'Great Western'. Pedicels: red bristles; small and glandular; sparse. Receptacles: smooth. Sepals: glandular; extended. Stipules: entire; wide. Prickles: small and straight; very dense on new growth; originate immediately below the first leaf, nearly nonexistent on older wood. Foliage: light green; rounded; 3, 5 or 7 leaflets.
Book  (1994)  Page(s) 134.  
'Great Western'. This ship was the second mail steamship to cross the Atlantic, in 1838. She arrived only a few hours after the Sirius which had left four days earlier, so our rose is duly honoured. A free and vigorous variety but rather lacking in quality. Large rounded flowers, well quartered, of vivid magenta-crimson, flushed with purple. It has only one season of flowering. 5 feet.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 226.  
Great Western Hybrid Bourbon, purplish maroon, 1840, Laffay. Description.
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 82.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 114.  
Great Western Hybrid Bourbon. Laffay, 1838. [Author cites information from several sources]
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