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'La France' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 87-368
most recent 16 AUG 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 AUG 15 by Salix
In Snug Harbor there is an ancient plant of this, about 3-4ft tall and wide (1m-145cm) it always has a few, incredibly fragrant blooms, nodding. The foliage is meh, but not too much BS or PM, but the scent is better than the OGRs! The most fragrant rose I have smelled.
Discussion id : 64-555
most recent 17 MAY 13 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 MAY 12 by Matt's Northwest Florida Garden
I am convinced certain nurseries are selling the wrong rose in place of the bush form of La France. Several years ago I visited a Texas nursery and saw the bush form and climbing form of La France side by side. The climbing form matched descriptions of La France; intense fragrance, two tone pink color, soft petal texture, and globular form; in every way. The bush form had rigid petals and very little scent. This was not a mis-labeling, since all plants sold by this nursery as the bush form of La France for many years have been this interloper. (yes, I have also noted this in the production area)

I have been growing the climbing version at my parents house for many years.

Since, I have bought a bush of La France from Pickering for my Florida garden. The flower of this bush version of La France is identical to the climbing version in every way.

Notice the differences between photos of La France from European sourses versus USA sources on helpmefind. Then, compare with photos of Climbing La France.
Has anyone else in the USA noticed this problem? Who has the real La France and who does not?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 17 MAY 13 by wvdisnut
I recently received my order for La France thru Roses Unlimited. I am quite sure it is the real McCoy as it looks identical to the photos I have seen in Helpmefind. I wanted it for the historical value and also it seemed interestingly different from my other hybrid teas, naturally. My roses from Roses Unlimited arrived in wonderful shape and La France had 11 buds/blooms on it. The blooms last forever, but I had to finally clip them off to allow the bush to take hold and grow. I am sure the blooms will droop their heads when it rains though.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 17 MAY 13 by Patricia Routley
Just to add piquancy to this thread, I will add a page from the Heritage Roses in Australia journal 33-4-5 in 2011
Discussion id : 38-458
most recent 9 AUG 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 AUG 09 by Sandie Maclean
Plate 399.
It is now two years since, walking through the gardens of
M. Guillot fils. at Lyons, we were attracted by the appear-
ance of a Rose which seemed to us quite new in character, and
which only then existed as a seedling. The raiser seemed
proud of having obtained it. and predicted that it would be a
general favourite when sent out. It is the Rose which we now
La France has evidently a mixture of Tea and Bourbon blood
in it ; its perfume evidences that, as well as its habit of growth,
and it is what many of the hybrid perpetuals are only in
name, evidently very free in its autumn flowering- ; it has one of
the peculiarities of the Tea Roses, which slightly detracts from
its merits, viz. an inclination to droop its head; this does not
take place in all the blooms. The colour of the petals, which
are very large, is a beautiful bright pink, with white on the
inside ; this gives it a very silvery appearance, and altogether
we believe that the raiser's anticipations, as to its being one of
the best flowers of the year, will be correct.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 7 AUG 09 by jedmar
Wonderful plates and historic references! We have copied the latter to the Refrence page, too.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 8 AUG 09 by Sandie Maclean
It is one of the marvels of the internet that these old journals and books are now
available in ebook form to anyone who is interested in rose history.
I get lost in them-imagine the time when La France was just a new introduction!
No one at that time could have imagined that La France would go down in history as
an important step in rose development.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 9 AUG 09 by Jocelen
REV. H. HONYWOOD DOMBRAIN knew the value of this rose: he tried to buy the rights on it when he visited JB Guillot fils... But JB, who was a smarty, refused.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 9 AUG 09 by Sandie Maclean
LOL! Obviously both these men saw something special in this rose.
Discussion id : 35-168
most recent 30 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 MAR 09 by Nastarana
If this rose weren't so pretty, and historically important, I would not grow it. It can be very frustrating. The foliage seems to pick every bug and disease that comes along. I have to cut back the foliage at least three times a season. But, flowering is almost continuous, the blooms are large and beautifully colored.
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