"Old Dick’s Apricot Rambler" rose References
Article (newspaper) (Dec 2012) Page(s) 2. Includes photo(s).
Patricia Routley:.....The second connection is a 1909 Wichuraiana rambling rose in my garden called Aviateur Blériot. This rose was bred by a French man Laurent Fauque, and named after Louis Blériot who was the first man to fly over the English Channel on July 25, 1909 and so claimed Lord Northcliffe’s 1,000 pound prize. Just how this rose took the flight to my garden is worthy of telling. Sometime in the eighties a Heritage Roses in Australia member Ruth Hoskins (Let us call her owner No 2) found an unknown rose at the property of a close friend of her husband, Dick Taylor (No. 1) at Dwellingup and gave it a study name of “Dick’s Apricot Rambler”. (In Botanica’s Roses, the name has been altered slightly to “Old Dick’s Apricot Rambler”.) Neither Dick nor Ruth knew the rose but Dick thought it may have come from Dawson’s of Perth who replaced all the roses for his wife after the 1960-1961 fires. However not one of my ten Dawson catalogues carried this rose. Ruth then shared the cuttings with a South Australian lady, June Morley (No. 3) whose husband was the director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. From there the rose travelled to Walter Duncan (No. 4) who owned a S.A. nursery. My dear friend, Pat Toolan (No. 5) purchased this rose from Walter, and in 2001 she sent it back to W.A. to my garden – and so I am owner No 6. Obviously with a 1909 rose, it did a lot more travelling before it got to Mrs. Taylor, but I find it interesting to trace the roses back as far as I can. ‘Aviateur Blériot’ has the glossy wichuraiana foliage and those long slender sprawling reddish canes. Fauque bred it in 1909 from R wichuraiana x ‘William Allen Richardson’, an 1875 noisette. The buds are a light orange and blooms open to apricot. They are smallish, 5cm, and have pretty petaloids waving about in the middle and rather wide-spreading stamens so the bloom looks utterly decorated with stamens and petaloids. This prettiness is framed by the wide outer petals and the whole apricot picture fades to white and then to brown – at which point one finds some other rose to visit and stare at on the daily walk. Today, November 15, (which I have always maintained was the peak rose-flowering day of the year – and where the bloody hell were you?) the rose looks simply superb. I have never pruned it and it wends its own blithe way through a yellow broom bush and mixes with the creamy yellow ‘Milkmaid’. Two years ago a photo shows the broom towering over the rose. Today, the rose is winning. The exuberance and health is breathtaking. It is like standing under a waterfall and living life to the utmost, drinking in the blooms against the blue, blue sky.
p156....the slender flexible stems of ‘Aviateur Blériot’
Book (2002) Page(s) 23.
Hybrid Wichurana. Not rated
Book (2000) Page(s) 96. Includes photo(s).
‘Aviateur Blériot’ = Grimpant liane… feuillage vernissé, vert vif à reflets bronze, garnit ses rameaux épineux mais aisés à palisser. C’est un très beau rosier, souvent conduit sur tige en pleureur. Fauque France 1910. Rosa wichuraiana x ‘William Allen Richardson’.
Website/Catalog (1999) Page(s) 83.
'Aviateur Bleriot'. Moderately fragrant. 3.5m x 1.8m. 1910. (Wichuraiana Hybrid). This rose is a charming reminder of the Edwardian days but its colour, magnolia fragrance and full form has kept it a place in rose catalogues through all subsequent decades. It is a cluster rose, pale yellow on a lemon base when first open, becoming light as the blooms age. The double 34 petalled blooms are prettily shaped and carried in massive clusters, in spring and autumn. It has a non-recurrent blooming habit. Foliage is glossy and dark green and disease resistant on a strong bush.
Book (Dec 1998) Page(s) 96. Includes photo(s).
Aviator Blériot. Old. Rambler, Yellow blend. A popular rose, this Rambler has coppery orange buds that reveal large flowers of saffron and gold that fade to white. Large trusses of strongly fragrant blooms crowd the vigorous canes. It has bright green, glossy foliage with bronze overtones. This is a handsome plant, especially when used as a weeping standard....
Book (Nov 1994) Page(s) 239.
‘Aviateur Blériot’. Fauque, France, 1910. Though summer-flowering only, this has the attraction of large flowers, inherited from ‘Le Progrès’ of 1903, of warm apricot-yellow fading to creamy white, and extra fragrant. Shining dark leaves. 12 feet. (best photo) Beales, page 317.
Book (Sep 1993) Page(s) 63. Includes photo(s).
Aviateur Blériot Rambler. Fauque 1910... pale Tea Rose yellow, fading almost to white. It was named for Louis Blériot, the first man to make an international aeroplane flight, from Calais to Dover in 1909.
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 35.
Aviateur Blériot Rambler, pale orange-yellow, fading white, 1910, R. wichuraiana x 'William Allen Richardson'; Fauque. Description.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 135. Includes photo(s).
Aviateur Blériot Wichuraiana rambler. Parentage: R. wichuraiana x 'William Allen Richardson'. France 1910. Description and cultivation... pale to creamy yellow with age...