'Ispahan' rose References
Magazine (2010) Page(s) Vol 24, No. 1.
Allyson Hayward. The Roses of Norah and Nancy Lindsay.
....Here is one of the more flamboyant passages she [Norah] wrote:
“The most lovable of all roses, fatal in fascination and soaked in sweetness, is the moss rose, ‘Les roses d’Ispahan dans leurs gaines de mousse.’ Those furry buds, so cosy and content, bring back vividly the valentine of one’s childhood days, with their lacy paper, moss roses of embossed satin.....
Norah Lindsay is sometimes mistakenly credited with collecting roses from Persia in the 1930s, but it is actually Nancy Lindsay who carried out that achievement.
.....Graham Thomas wrote in a letter to me that he knew that Nancy Lindsay discovered and named (at least) three Persian roses, which were eventually forwarded from the Natural History Museum with Nancy’s blessing to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to be held and cared for during the Second World War. Nancy was unable at that time to provide a proper garden, nor did she have the time required to keep the plants safe due to the rigors of war combined with her personal commitment to her mother’s ailing health and failing financial status. Thomas acquired the roses from Kew while he was working as manager at T. Hilling & Co., Surrey. Thomas indicated to me that he then assisted in placing them into the commercial nursery trade. The roses that he referred to were Rosa ‘Sharastanek’, Rosa ‘Gloire de Guilan’, and Rosa ‘de Resht’.
Book (2007) Page(s) 301.
Ispahan (Br., unk., -1832?) C [or D?]. Syn. 'D'Ispahan'. Rose to pink. Cert. -1849. Poss. syn 'Pompon des Princes'.
Book (2006) Page(s) 21.
Ispahan D. o ff 2. unknown (breeder). 1832. Provenance: Temple. Not a pure Damask, but perhaps a descendant; nontheless exceptional. High-centered buds of bright pink open slightly cupped in loose clusters. The bouquet effect of 'Ispahan' makes it one of the most desirable in this group.
Newsletter (Sep 2005) Page(s) 29. Vol 26, No. 3.
Editor. Fiona Hyland. [?] I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You.
In addition to the Damask roses 'Rose d'Hiver, 'Gloire de Guilan' and Ispahan brought back from Iran....
Book (2005) Page(s) 122.
Ispahan ('Isfahan', 'Parfum d'Ispahan', ''Pompon des Princes').....
Book (2003) Page(s) 107.
Rory Dusoir: .....No matter if 'Cuisse de Nymphe', Ispahan and 'Rosa Mundi' suggest to you, with all the weight of historical assoication, pictures of earthly delight. In a wet June, your collection of old roses will be a sodden, diseased mess, a paradise only for the rotten fungi that gorge themselves on the fragrant, thickly petaled blossoms and turn them into a horrific brown slime....Fatalists will accept this tragedy stoically time and time again, reminding themselves of the year before last, when the roses were magnificent....
Book (Aug 2002) Page(s) 49.
Damask, before 1867
Magazine (2001) Page(s) 7. No. 21.
Christine Allen. Roses On The Edge Of The Rainforest.
Ispahan is routinely eight feet tall and has to be pruned assiduously in order to keep enough blooms down at eye level. One of my colleagues has pegged his plant down and is so delighted with the result that I'm thinking of doing the same with mine. Both our plants, incidentally, are growing on their own roots.
Website/Catalog (4 Jan 1999) Page(s) 18. Includes photo(s).
Magazine (1999) Page(s) No. 17.
p2, Robert Calkin. The Fragrance of Old Roses.
Famous old varieties such as 'Lady Hillingdon', 'Mme. Isaac Pereire', 'Desprez a Fleur Jaune', 'Sophie's Perpetual, 'Belle de Crecy', 'Mme. Alfred Carriere', Ispahan, 'Seagull' and 'Splendens' each have fragrances which are not only entirely different, but the quality of their fragrance has given each rose an enduring place in cultivation - quite apart from its visual beauty.
p20. Deirdre Gordon. Roses on Chalk.
The Damask Ispahan is phenomenal - flowering unceasingly for months and making prodigious growth in a shady, north-facing position in ground invaded by the roots of trees and a hedge.