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The rose named ‘Diana Moore’ is a repeat-flowering seedling of the once-flowering rose ‘Francis E. Lester’. It is one of a group of seedlings found growing under the parent plant in my Perth garden in Autumn 1996.

‘Francis E. Lester’ is loved for its exquisitely lovely and fragrant spring/ summer flowers. It is variously classified as a Hybrid Musk or a Rambler and was discovered in the Lester Rose Gardens in the USA in 1946, presumed to be a seedling of the 1922 Hybrid Musk rose ‘Kathleen’ growing there.

Graham Stuart Thomas describes ‘Francis E. Lester’ like this:
"Dark green leaves, neatly pointed and usually with an edging of maroon serrations, and profuse, rather bushy growth. Reddish young shoots and flower stalks. The bunches of flowers, borne rambler-fashion, cover the plant and fill the garden with an intense fragrance. The buds are clear pink, opening like apple-blossom, fading to white, with good yellow stamens. Few roses give more flower and scent at mid-summer. Excellent as a lax bush or supported by a stump or hedgerow. About 14 feet. Small oval, orange heps."

‘Diana Moore’ has the profuse early summer flowering habit of its parent. But, unlike ‘Francis E. Lester’ which only flowers once a year, ‘Diana Moore’ continues to flower through the summer and autumn and into winter. The speed and generosity with which it repeats its bloom depends on a number of factors including food and water and whether the spent blooms are removed from the plant or allowed to form hips.

‘Diana Moore’ has similar flowers to its parent - the graceful panicles and bunches of small, five-petalled, fragrant flowers with bright golden-yellow pollen. The flowers open from slender pink buds to blooms that are white, sometimes blushed with pink. The petal reverses are a pale pink that gradually fades to white.

A distinctive feature of this rose is the way the upper-most blooms in the inflorescence open first and then successively, towards the tip. In this way, the spent blooms often disappear into the foliage and one only notices the freshly opening blossoms.

The plant is gracefully clothed with deep green, healthy, foliage that can have reddish margins.
It makes well-armed arching canes that build up into a small mound. The new growth is reddish. If the spent blooms are not removed, ‘Diana Moore’ sets many small, round green hips that ripen to orange, then red, then deep blackish red. It has many prickles.

‘Diana Moore’ has very beautiful flowers and foliage, and the growth is healthy and graceful. The flowers are delightfully fragrant with a strong, sweet, musk perfume. It has a pleasing contrast of flower and foliage both in colour and in the proportion of flower & leaf.

This rose was named for my dear friend, the late Diana Moore.

It has been shared with friends and given to several public gardens but has not been registered.

Billy West
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Initial post today by selectroses
I'm the breeder of this rose and just want to compliment you on this photo. I think it captures the rose showing its best colours and I would sure love to have a copy of it and use it with your permission.
Brad Jalbert
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Graham Stuart Thomas. CLIMBING ROSES OLD & NEW, published 1965. Aldine Press, Letchworth, Herts.
R. gigantea, 'the giant rose' -- we might say the queen, the empress of wild roses -- ascends in nature to a height of 40 feet or more by means of its strong shoots and hooked prickles, with large elegant drooping leaves and great lemon-white silky flowers 5 inches across. They have lent their poise and length of petal, their texture and their fragrance, to the Old Tea roses of the last century, which became merged with the Hybrid Teas and are now seldom seen. It is scarcely surprising that this luxuriant inhabitant of south-west China and upper Burma, where the monsoon spends itself in the mountains, should not be taken kindly to the British climate. We can perhaps give it the rain it needs, but not the sun's ripening power, and in consequence its sappy stems get cut by the autumn frosts, and really cold winters will raze it to the ground or kill it outright. In greenhouses and on the Riviera the tale is different, and superb blooms have been picked under glass. For some years Mrs Nigel Law grew large plants in the open in her garden at Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, but they were killed in a cold winter; they flowered well in warm summers. There are records in the 1939 Annual of the National Rose Society, page 177, of its growing and flowering well in such varied districts as Chepstow, Monmouthshire; Hinckley, Leicestershire; Hayward's Heath, Sussex and in Suffolk. It is evidently worth trying in sheltered gardens.
    This regal rose was introduced from the Far East in 1888; there appears to be more than one form in cultivation in this country: a white flowered plant with rather small leaves and a much larger plant with large leaves and large lemon-white flowers. The former grows well on a sunny wall at the John Innes Institute, Hertfordshire; the latter was my first introduction to this species when it flowered in the corridor of the greenhouse range at the University Botanic Garden, Cambridge, in 1929. An account of this particular form is in The New Flora and Silva, vol. i. The smaller type would appear to be more hardy, but could certainly not be called 'regal'. It is possible that the larger type may be that which Collet called 'macrocarpa'.
    We must, I am afraid, write this rose off as a garden plant for general use in England. But if what Dr Hurst called his 'Four Stud Chinas' -- or at least two of them -- were descended from the China Rose and this species, it has had a profound influence on modern rose-breeding. 'Park's Yellow Tea-Scented China' in particular, and 'Hume's Blush Tea-Scented China' are both looked upon as of gigantean derivation, if only on account of their scent. They were, presumably, old roses in China before being bought over here. These China hybrids produced flowers throughout the summer and autumn, and R. gigantean gave them what yellow colouring they had, together with long petals and a silky texture.
    All this and more is fully explained in my two earlier books on roses. Here we are concerned with climbing roses, and unfortunately these two 'Stud Chinas' became linked with a species of the Musk Rose Section, and gave several roses of diverse characters which later became known as Tea-Noisettes or Climbing Teas.
    It has been stated that the fragrance of the Tea Rose resembles that of the Tea plant (Thea sinensis), but I have not found this so. On the other hand , several of them smell exactly like a freshly opened packet of gentle China tea -- not the fully 'tarry' quality but 'slightly tarry'. This delicate and delicious aroma is found in several roses, one of the best known being 'Lady Hillingdon' and another 'Paul Lédé'.
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