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'Lily Pons' rose References
Book  (2006)  Page(s) 207.  
 
Lily Pons HT rrr / fff / 6.  Brownell, 1939.  [Provenance: Pallek].
The Brownells produced this very double cream-white rose from a series of crosses between large flowered climbers, including 'Glenn Dale' and 'Mary Wallace'.  Lily Pons, the French soprano who thrilled audiences during the Great Depression, also had a town in Maryland named for her
Book  (Aug 2002)  Page(s) 55.  
 
Lily Pons
Rated 4.9
Book  (1953)  Page(s) 66.  
 
Lily Pons - 28
Book  (1948)  Page(s) 57.  
 
K. P. Jones. Rhode Island. Wichuraiana Hybrids.
The Brownells have also created very hardy and disease resistant hybrid teas, practically every one of which has the blood of one or more of the three Van Fleet Wichuraiana hybrids mentioned before.['Dr. W. Van Fleet', 'Glenn Dale', or 'Mary Wallace']  If these roses are properly cared for and allowed to grow, with only such pruning as is necessary to hold them to a pleasing shape and to clear out dead wood, then most of these Brownell "sub-zero" hybrid teas will grow to amazing size. Lily Pons has been grown to five feet in diameter and seven feet in height and 'M.B,' to nearly the same size. 'Lily Pons' is a prolific bloomer with a bud as large as 'Frau Karl Druschki' and nearly as perfect as that of its parent, 'Glenn Dale'.
Book  (1942)  
 
p155.  Proof of the Pudding summary.
Lily Pons.  Three years, 37 reports, 15 for, 9 fair, 13 against.  No definite color, not important.

p198.  Proof of the Pudding.
Lily Pons. HT. Yellow. (Brownell, '38.) Pat. 420. ARA. '39; PP. '39, '40, '41. .
Burt, Mass. (4 pl., 3 yr.), proclaims a free-blooming light yellow on a good bush. Sullivan, Mass., (1 pl., 3 yr.), loves this rose which is outstanding in her garden. It winters well. Sweetser, Mass., (2 pl., 3 yr.), also had good growth and bloom. The flowers have little fragrance and the plant is disease-resistant.  For Raymond, Ont., (10 pl.), it is a good bloomer, free of disease, and has vigorous growth, and many pale blooms of no distinction.  Carson, Pa., (2 pl., 3 yr.), has good plants but the blooms are so poor he is through with it.   Murphy N.C. (7 pl., 3 yr.), also has vigorous plants and good blooms in the fall but the color is so poor he does not recommend it. Fragrance mild.  Lowery, Ga., (4 pl., 3 yr.) regretfully discards it on account of black-spot.  Knoxville Rose Society, Tenn., (1 pl., 4 yr.), does not care at all for it, and declares it is not fragrant. Ross, Tenn., (10 p1., 3 yr.), says it is somewhat white, sometimes yellow. When it does not ball it is a perfect rose in either color. Growth vigorous but foliage black-spots. Lashley, Ohio, (2 p1., 2 yr.), considers it an especially good bloomer in cool weather. Resistant to disease. Shepherd, Ohio, (2 pl., 2 yr.), wonders why it was ever introduced. Too much black-spot and few if any good blooms in two years. Pfister, Ill. (1 p1. 1 yr.), calls it wishy-washy.  Williams. Ill.. (1 pl,. 3 yr). has a splendid disease-free plant and he Iikes the large fragrant, long-lasting flowers.  Ayres Mich., (3 pl., 3 yr.) reports most of the blooms ball but even then he cuts more flowers from it than any other white HT., and pronounces it all right.   Vogel, Minn., (5 pl., 2 yr.), gives it a splendid report, and  Tilcox, Minn., (20 pl., 5 yr.), has many blooms  of exhibition type, and believes no rose has more perfect form. He calls it their best white rose in spite of considerable balling.   McMath, Mo. (1 pl., 3 yr.) calls it a dainty rose whose name just fits. Horsley, Wyo., (3 pl., 2 yr.), has poor plants making a poor showing.  Furniss, Wash., ( 2 yr.),  says it requires full sun to open its blooms which are more white than yellow.  He gets exhibition quality blooms.   Partymiller, Wash., (1 pl. 2 yr.) is sure this rose has what it takes and considers it a fine rose; says it is fragrant. At Breeze Hill, (3 pl, 3 yr.) we have tall growth but messy flowers which come nearly white. It balled badly and we think it not worth while in this climate.
Book  (1940)  
 
p21.  G. G. Whitney.  Some Rose Meditations.
Lily Pons is lovely, if a very pale yellow. 

p49.  Editorial Comment.  The Methods of a Hybridizer.
Lily Pons Pure yellow center, white outer petals..... All these varieties are available for hybridising purposes.

p88.  Dick Wilcox.  Roses in Minnesota. 
....These roses were given a very severe test last winter.  Six each of  'Break o'Day','Lily Pons' and 'Pink Princess' were planted in the 1938 fall, merely covering them with soil.  This is not a climate where you can plant any but the hardiest species roses like the Rugosas in the fall....I lost only one of the Brownell roses, a 'Break o'Day'.
'Lily Pons' is the most vigorous.  It grows here to four and five feet high after being cut back in the spring to six inches and blooms and blooms.  It is yellow in the center, fading to white. 

p207.  Proof of the Pudding.
Lily Pons HT. Yellow, (Brownell '38) ARA '39; PP '39. (See Brownell article, page 47).
Sweetser, Mass., (2 p1., 1 yr.)  had good growth and moderate bloom, the flowers well formed and attractive. Burt, Mass., is convinced it is the best-shaped yellow rose, and it is unusually free, just opposite to Free, N.Y. (12 pl. 2 yr.), who considers the flowers of only medium quality, worthless until fall, and the plants only sparse bloomers.  Wedrick, Ont. (4 pl.) is sure it is a rose the world has been waiting for, and believes it is destined to supersede the Pernetianas. Carson, Pa., (2 pl., 1 yr.) reports that it is very poor in every way, and Murphy, N. C., (6 p1. 1 yr.), had good healthy growth but the flowers were so subject to thrips and sunburn that it is unsatisfactory.  Hardison, N.C., (2 p1., 1 yr.), is not at all excited about it yet.  Lowery  Ga., (4 pl., Multi., 1 yr.), thinks the flower looks somwhat like that of 'Sir Henry Segrave' and calls it  extremely promising. Ross, Tenn., (12 pl., 1 and 2 yr.), reports continuous bloom but does not comment on the quality of either plant or bloom, Knoxville Rose Society, Tenn., had good healthy plants but not very many flowers. Williams, Ill., (1 pl., 1 yr.), had 39 blooms on a plant without disease, and thinks it should be in every garden. McMath, Mo., (1 p1., 1 yr.), likes it but could use more flowers after June. Hampton, Tex., tells of its good performance in the fall. She had only fair growth. Horsley, Wyo., (3 p1., 1 yr.), was disappointed in the color. At Breeze Hill we had average growth with only a few practically white flowers which were not interesting.
 
Book  (1939)  
 
p202.  Proof of the Pudding.
Lily Pons  HT. Yellow. (Brownell '38) Pat app. for. ARA '39.
For Burt, Mass., it is almost a continuous-blooming yellow rose of perfect form - a real find.

p241.  New Roses of All The World.
Lily Pons HT. (The Brownells, 1939). Plant Patent applied for.  'Glenn Dale' x 'Stargold'.  Bud and flower large, double, high-centred, very lasting, spectrum-yellow center, shading to white outer petals, on long strong stem.  Foliage abundant, glossy.  Very vigorous (8 ft). Profuse bloomer (over 150 in season) from June to November.

p249.  List of Registered Roses.
Lily Pons HT. The Brownells.
Book  (1939)  Page(s) 76.  
 
R. Marion Hatton.  An American Review of the New Roses.
The Brownells offering for this season is a strong growing H.T. named for the opera singer Lily Pons.  The very double blooms are small, of clear lemon yellow with white outer petals, and will ball if conditions are not just right.  Just now it is important only for quantity of blooms, but I believe that, like most of the Brownell Roses, it needs time to develop.
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