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'Oakington Ruby' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 79-589
most recent 23 JUL 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 JUL 14 by John Hook
Gloire de Lawrencianas 1837 ('Gloire des Lawrence' ) qui est probablement l'actuel << Oakington Ruby >>

Jan Balis
Bruxelles 1966
page 53
Discussion id : 20-978
most recent 21 AUG 07 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 AUG 07 by Unregistered Guest
More on the origins of 'Oakington Ruby'. Anne Ashberry in her "Miniature Trees and Shrubs",1958, tells us that Alan Bloom discovered this rose in a cottage garden at Oakington. "The old lady who let him have stock of this plant knew of no name for it, but said she had had it for sixty years, and believed that her grandmother had it given to her by the gardener of the then Bishop of Ely. Alan Bloom introduced this rose into general cultivation and it is still very popular." This suggests that this rose has a history going back to about 1873.
Modern Roses tells us that "OR" was introduced by C. R. Bloom in 1933. C. R. Bloom was Alan's father Charles. They both had nurseries in Oakington near Cambridge. Anne Ashberry's details about the history of this rose suggest she had this history directly or indirectly from Alan Bloom.
Discussion id : 10-879
most recent 15 JAN 06 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 15 JAN 06 by Fred Boutin
Re. Oakington Ruby. Saying it was bred in UK (1933) by C R Bloom is misleading. It was found by Bloom in a garden in Oakington and was said to have come earlier from the Cathedral garden of Ely. We don't know that it was bred in the UK. It was reintroduced by Bloom in 1933. It may be one of the early 19th Century Fairy Chinas.
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