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'Charles de Mills' rose References
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 140-141.  Includes photo(s).
 
From the Roseraie de l'Hay collection, an old cultivar. Description and vital statistics. A rose of uncertain origin but one of the best, especially in good soil... Large flowers open to a mixture of purple and deep red... quartered... sometimes a dark green eye. [Beales has not been successfully in finding out the identity of the man for whom this rose is named.]
Article (newsletter)  (1997)  Page(s) 44.  
 
One of a number of old French Gallica roses from the 1800s which were considered nearly thornless
Book  (Sep 1996)  Page(s) 28, 87, 167.  Includes photo(s).
 
Origins unknown. Efforts to identify Charles de Mills or Charles Mills have found only an Englishman who was a director of the East India Company in Victorian times, and it is thought unlikely that he ever had a rose named for him...
p. 87: [Photo] Needs sun to bring out its more subtle purple tints...
p. 167: [Photo]
Article (newsletter)  (Aug 1996)  Page(s) 3.  
 
Charles de Mills sends out many suckers, up to 10' long, and destroys its neighbors... [sounds mean, doesn't it?]
Book  (1996)  Page(s) 10, 11.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 10: Charles de Mills ('Bizarre Triomphant') Gallica shrub... large, fragrant, beetroot-purple blooms crammed with infolded petals... it can do with some support...
Page 11: [Photo]
Book  (1995)  Page(s) 30.  
 
[One of the author's fifty favorite roses] ('Bizarre Triomphant') Not listed in River's The Rose Amateur's Guide (1840) or Paul's The Rose Garden (1848). Description... Probably originated in France... Illustrates the difference between the formation of the blooms of many of the old roses and those most highly prized today. Without exception, the double roses from earliest days until the middle of the last century or a little later had short centre petals and much longer outer ones. This meant that the blooms would open out cupped or goblet-shaped. With roses such as the centifolias they might stay this way, but others, among them 'Charles de Mills' and many other gallicas, would then open out flat...
Book  (1995)  Page(s) 61.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Nov 1994)  Page(s) 30.  
 
Description... The shape of the flowers is unique. They are extremely full-petalled, and when partly opne they appear to have been sliced off in the bud, so flat and regular is the cupped formation...
Book  (1994)  Page(s) 50.  
 
Roserie de l'Hay, circa 1800. Description... flowers usually bloom in clusters of four on long arching canes... blooms in spring, but for a longer period than many old roses... tolerant of partial shade... becomes as wide as it is high... may develop black spot...
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 115.  Includes photo(s).
 
Parentage unknown. ('Bizarre Triomphant') Flower: flat, symmetrical, crimson, maroon and purple. One of the best garden roses among the old-timers... virtually smothers itself with flowers every year...
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