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'Mabelle Stearns' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 108-923
most recent 1 MAR HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 MAR by CybeRose
The American Rose Magazine 5(6): 119-120 (Nov-Dec 1943)
The Recent Horvath Climbers
R. E. Shepherd, Medina, Ohio
In the shrub or dooryard class, Mabelle Stearns is without an equal. An absolutely hardy, vigorous and healthy plant that produces a wealth of very beautiful live pink blossoms from early summer to late fall has been the goal of many rosebreeders. Mr. Horvath reached this goal when he produced Mabelle Stearns. The lazy rose-grower's prayer has been answered, as this rose will actually thrive though neglected. The critical rosarian cannot fail to admire it and it is truly a rose for every garden. It requires considerable space but deserves it.
Discussion id : 79-316
most recent 4 JUL 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 2 JUL 14 by leezen
Looking at the photos this rose's flower looks bigger than 1"?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 3 JUL 14 by Patricia Routley
They do. However the patent says the bloom is "medium sized". I would have thought 1" (quoted in the 2012 reference) was a small rose. Possibly the rose pictured is not 'Mabelle Stearns'. More references might be needed.

Later - after adding more references, it seems the bloom is quoted separately as 1" and 2-3".
We've changed the bloom size to the middle 2".
The only illustration I can find is in the 1971 reference and is a watercolour by Allianora Rosse. It seems to fit the references beautifully, but I hesitate to attach someone else's painting.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 3 JUL 14 by leezen
Thank you for researching this Patricia!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 4 JUL 14 by Patricia Routley
My pleasure leezen. It is just about my favourite thing to do.
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