'John S. Armstrong' rose References
Book (Aug 2002) Page(s) 51.
John S. Armstrong
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 275.
Grandiflora, dark red, 1961, 'Charlotte Armstrong' x Seedling; Swim; Armstrong Nursery. Bud ovoid to urn-shaped; flowers dark red, double (40 petals), high-centered to cupped, large (3 1/2-4 in.); slightly fragrant; foliage leathery, semi-glossy, dark; tall, bushy growth.
Book (1966) Page(s) 122.
Roy and Heather Rumsey, Dural NSW. Our Twelve Best Sellers.
John S. Armstrong This is our most reliable red where a good garden variety is required - always in bloom, good sturdy growth, and very free-flowering. After a heat wave, we have repeatedly observed this variety to be the only one in the garden which has endured. How we ever staged an exhibit before the advent of this particular rose we will never know. When cut, this variety outlasts everything else, for twice or three times as long. However, the really gratifying part of it all is the position this rose holds with our public, for no matter what we think of it, the buying public determines how many of a variety we grow and sell. There is, of course, no place for it on the show bench; it is seen there occasionally, but seldom, if ever, covered with glory. Somehow the public has become aware of the really reliable qualities of this rose, and one must draw the conclusion that commercial interests have promoted this popularity, yet Rose Societies are supposed to be unbiassed. Are they really?
p17. Dr. A. S. Thomas. New Roses in Victoria
John S. Armstrong HT. (Swim, 1961) 'Charlotte Armstrong' x unnamed seedling. About 40 dark but lively red petals make up a particularly long-lasting bloom. Form is often, but not always, up to show standard. Growth is unusually vigorous and tall without being "leggy". A fine rose, named deservedly for the founder of the great Armstrong Nurseries of California.
p25. Roy and Heather Rumsey, NSW. New Roses.
John S. Armstrong HT. (H. Swim) Raiser's classification is Grandifiora. Superb, dark red long buds, opening to double blooms of long lasting quality and about forty petals. Vigorous growth, healthy, disease resistant plentiful dark green foliage, red when young. Abundant and continuous bloom and slightly fragrant. Really a magnificent variety. ('Charlotte Armstrong' x unnamed seedling).
Book (1962) Page(s) 144.
C. H. Isaac, Victoria. advertisement.
Roses for 1962. John S. Armstrong