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'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam' rose References
Book  (Apr 2001)  Page(s) 95.  
Whittle Light-Pink Tea ('Lady Mary Fitzwilliam?) Tea. Found Angel's Camp Prot. Cemetery...
Whittle Light-Pink Tea see 'Mrs. Henry Bowles' (Attrib.)
Book  (1999)  Page(s) 52.  
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. Bennett. UK 1882. HT pink.
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Book  (Dec 1998)  Page(s) 348.  Includes photo(s).
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. Modern, large-flowered hybrid tea. Light pink. Repeat flowering. This is one of the best known names in the history of the modern rose, but the impressions it made at the time of its introduction were mixed. It tends to put much strength into forming perfect flowers at the expense of growth, and therefore it delighted rose exhibitors. The secretary of Britain’s National Rose Society gave his opinion of its worth as a garden plant by saying that it would be difficult to find a weaker and more unsatisfactory grower than ‘Lady Mary Fitzwilliam’. In view of that, it is surprising first that it should have become one of the most influential pollen parents behind the modern roses of today, and second that it could survive for more than a century and still be found in nursery lists, though it is hard to be certain if the variety offered is the right one. It has pale flesh pink blooms of regular form that are globular, full, long lasting and scented. They are repeat-flowering and are borne on short branches on a plant of below average height that has matt green foliage. Zones 5-9. Bennett, UK 1882. (Parentage:) ‘Devoniensis’ x ‘Victor Verdier’.
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 33, 34.  Includes photo(s).
'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam', when put to stud -- unlike her French counterpart, 'La France', which was virtually sterile -- proved very fertile and was used extensively by both French and British breeders.
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 246.  Includes photo(s).
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam Large-flowered. Henry Bennett 1882. Parentage: 'Devoniensis' x 'Victor Verdier'. Named for a grand-daughter of King William IV. Description... soft pink... it is one of the most important ancestors of Modern Garden Roses... 'Mrs. Wakefield Christie-Miller' is sometimes sold as 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam'...
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 300.  
Hybrid Tea, light pink, 1882, 'Devoniensis' x 'Victor Verdier'; Bennett. Flowers flesh-color, globular, large; very fragrant; vigorous growth; a famour parent rose.
Magazine  (1993)  
1993 Heritage Roses in Australia Conference Hahndorf, SA. Proceedings.
p48. Bill Grant’s address. This is one that Hazel and a lot of people stood around talking about, because this is Lady Mary Fitzwilliam (HT 1882), parent of many roses and it is available in Australia.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 246.  
'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam'. Large-Flowered. Named for a grand-daughter of King William IV, 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam' was raised by Henry Bennett in 1882. It was greeted with derision:'A weaker and more unsatisfactory grower would be impossible to find',sneered one writer of the day. However, it is one of the most important ancestors of Modern Garden Roses,and it is still a lovely fragrant bloom in soft pink. Foliage is pale green and matt. Beware of imposters - the lovely 'Mrs Wakefield Christie-Miller' is sometimes sold as 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam'. Devoniensis’ x ‘Victor Verdier’. Repeat flowering. Fragrant.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 113.  Includes photo(s).
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. A hybrid tea with rather globular flowers. A very important parent of Hybrid Teas. Raised by Bennett in Britain, launched 1882. (Devoniensis x Victor Verdier). Repeat flowering. Height to 60 cm (2 ft). Slight scent.
Magazine  (1992)  Page(s) 13. Vol 14, No. 2.  
Dr. [A. S.] Thomas recalls: Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. (H.T. Bennett 1882) Somewhat like ‘La France’ but a tetraploid and an ancestor of most modern roses. The world’s top authorities on the older roses disagree as to this rose being still in existance, some claiming that it has been re-discovered in very recent years. I have never seen it.
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