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'Mrs. B.R. Cant' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 79-126
most recent 23 JUN 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 JUN 14 byHamanasu
This variety is not sold in the UK, but I can find it in a few of the Italian online catalogues. The one at Mottisfont smelt wonderfully of apples and did not look quite as full of petals as those in the Italian nurseries catalogues, though the colour was a good match, from memory. Does anyone growing this rose know if the clone grown at Mottisfont is the same as the clones sold from the Italian specialist nurseries? Also, how does this rose behave in wet weather? Does it ball hopelessly? The pics I have seen look so full of petals they make me think performance would not be good in England, but the blooms at Mottisfont had opened fine... Thank you to anyone who might be able to contribute.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 23 JUN 14 byPatricia Routley
I can't help you with the perfume - or with your Mottisfont-Italy question.

In our wettish winter climate (we've just had 80mls or over three inches of rain between June 13-22 - I forgot to read the rain gauge there for a while) the few blooms of 'Mrs. B. R. Cant' are opening well. but they seem smaller than summer blooms. I do have one mouldy mummy on the bush, but I am sure this is an exception.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 23 JUN 14 byHamanasu
Thank you so much for the reply. I see quite a lot of petals in the pictures of the blooms you posted - if the buds opened fine in wet weather, this is encouraging.
Discussion id : 61-559
most recent 24 JAN 13 SHOW ALL
Initial post 29 JAN 12 byAoibara
I live in south Florida, and even though I love my roses, I do not have the time or energy to baby them excessively, so there are definitely casualties in this hot, humid, and pest-infested environment. This rose, however, needs hardly any attention. It blooms in flushes for me, but the color and form of the blossoms is always amazing, and the scent is always strong. Despite not being sprayed for pests or diseases, its foliage always looks beautiful and healthy. Blackspot is always a problem in my garden, but this rose is largely unaffected. If I had known how well B.R. Cant would perform in my garden, I would've bought more than one bush!

I love this rose so much. I would rank it in the top three for hardiness and performance. (Belinda's Dream would be probably be #1, and Heritage would be #3.) If you live in a climate like mine, I would definitely recommend this rose (as well as the others I mentioned). Duchesse de Brabant also does not disappoint.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 29 JAN 12 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
It's great in a hot dry climate as well.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 29 JAN 12 byAoibara
It seems like it can handle quite a variety of environmental challenges. :) Pretty amazing! Do you have any other roses in your garden that exhibit the same (or similar) qualities to Mrs. B.R. Cant?
Reply #3 of 4 posted 31 JAN 12 byHMF Admin
Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 24 JAN 13 byhebe
Having read your post, I am going to order 2 to replace another rose (Mrs Reynolds Hole) whose foliage got badly burnt here in Sydney. It is humid here too, and I have found Ms Tillier, Marie Van Houtte, Octavus Weld, Anna Olivier, Mrs Dudley Cross, Crepescule, Mutabilis and the hybrid musks stand up well. Duchesse De Brabant does well here too.
Discussion id : 69-442
most recent 16 JAN 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 JAN 13 byGShellrude
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Discussion id : 54-356
most recent 21 MAY 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 MAY 11 byanerpolytropos
Mrs. Ben R. Cant. T. Mr Cant was a great English rose breeder who must have waited years to bestow on his wife in her name his finest creation.
My plant is like that in Hollywood Cemetery, in "The President's Circle," described in a previous member's comment. I live about 2 miles from it. Mine is as large as that, though a full ten years older (the Hollywood plant was planted about 10 years ago).
Mrs Cant needs little watering, granted, but it also seems disease proof and needs no spraying. It also is a full example of the 'cabbage rose', but very rarely balls even in wet, cold weather. It is rare in spring that it begins the year with dozens of large, full roses of an undistinguished pink. There is a small number of blooms in the summer, but in falll the best bloom, as usual, is the most colorful, some approaching a light red, and now comes the largest blossoms. Its early criticsim sometimes called it a bland color, but it never is displeasing.
The strong odor is the strange 'myrrh' scent mentioned only occasionally in other roses (another as I recall is named after another breeder's wife(?), Lilian Austin; my plant of that blackspotted, and its large, sprawling canes proved that it was planted in the wrong place.).
This T rose, Mrs Cant, is easy to grow, free of disease, flowers exceptionally fine in a formal shape of deep body and swirling petals, not tempermental in a hot damp climate like Richmond. One has a generous feeling toward any rose requiring so little care to give its best so often.
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