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'Mrs. B.R. Cant' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 97-308
most recent 6 FEB 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 FEB 17 by billy teabag
I don't seem to be able to upload references at the moment, so could someone who has access add this one to 'Mrs B.R. Cant' please?
It is from The Garden: An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Horticulture in All its Branches
13 October 1900, p278 and has an accompanying b&w photograph (added to HMF photos).
The text reads:

Mrs B.R. Cant

The accompanying illustration represents a new Tea Rose raised by Messrs. Benjamin Cant and Sons in their nursery at Colchester, and appropriately named after Mrs. B. R. Cant, widow of our friend 'Ben,' as we affectionately regarded him. As reported in The Garden of September 29, page 255, an award of merit of the Royal Horticultural Society was given unanimously to this Tea Rose, and we are not surprised at the decision. It is a Rose of remarkable vigour, so much so that in rows of Tea Roses its strong and abundant shoots are conspicuous, and the distinct pretty blue-green colour of the leaves is almost sufficient in itself to make the variety of some importance in the garden. In addition to this virtue, there is the crimson colouring of the new shoots and sweetly-scented flowers of deep rose, with broad and long petals, and every plant, until frost bids all blossoms depart, is loaded with buds and open flowers.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 6 FEB 17 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Billy. We will add it when we can. In the meantime, I have added the "blue-green" description of the foliage to the main page.
Discussion id : 87-191
most recent 10 AUG 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 8 AUG 15 by scvirginia
In 'Popular Garden Flowers' by Walter P. Wright, 1911, p.318
'Fragrant Roses'
The following charming Tea Roses might be added to the list of sweet sorts:
Mrs. B. R. Cant, rose [color].
Reply #1 of 3 posted 9 AUG 15 by Patricia Routley
Do you know anything more about the publication Virginia? K. L. Stock doesn't list it, but he does list Roses and Rose Gardens published in 1911. I note the 1933 edition of this 1911 book, published by George Allen & Unwin, UK is listed in Stock as ('Popular Edn.)
Reply #2 of 3 posted 9 AUG 15 by scvirginia
Here's a link from Google Books:

I hope this helps,
Reply #3 of 3 posted 10 AUG 15 by Patricia Routley
It did. Thank you. Ref added.
Discussion id : 38-739
most recent 21 JUL 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 19 AUG 09 by Carlene
My Mrs. B.R. Cant has grown to over 10 ft. tall by 10 ft. wide also. When I planted it, the spot seemed large enough. Now - whenever my family mows the yard they get stuck with 1/2 inch thorns that rip their clothes and hurt like the dickens! I was impressed by the picture of Devoniensis (posted by Jeri & Clay Jennings) that apparently had been pruned into a tree. Today I finished pruning Mrs. B.R. Cant into a 10 ft. tall, 2-trunk tree. I'll keep you posted on what develops. It is very pretty - the blossoms hang down - just lovely.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 21 JUL 15 by boopie
Do you have a picture of this bush now that it has been many years since pruning it?
Discussion id : 79-126
most recent 23 JUN 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 JUN 14 by Hamanasu
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 by Patricia 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 by Hamanasu
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.
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