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Roses
(1978)  Page(s) 140.  
 
'Allen Chandler'. Climber. Crimson. Remontant. Perfume 3. Hips 3. [ both on an ascending scale of merit from 1 to 10]. 3 stars recommendation. I am sorry to start off the Climbing Hybrid Teas with one which is semi-double, but i would make exceptions all the way for this excellent rose. Sad to say, it is becoming rare. It has large flowers of brilliant crimson, a fine sight. Amenable to staying within a desired space, it does not usually go very high. Raised by Mr. Chandler from seed of 'Hugh Dickson' and introduced by George Prince of Oxford in 1923, when the National Rose society described it 'one of the greatest acquisitions of recent years'.
(1978)  Page(s) 128.  
 
Arthur Bell. Tall. yellow. Remontant. Perfume: 6. Hips: 3. Three stars recommendation. Most people feel slightly annoyed with 'Arthur Bell' when his yellow swiftly ebbs away; but the contrast of gold and primrose is not displeasing. A sweetly scented Floribunda, 'Arthur Bell' has an excellent record of health. He has been a channel for Kordes' Sweet Briar strain to pass through into Hybrid Teas as well as Floribundas. Raised by Sam McGredy from 'Clare Grammerstorf' x 'Piccadilly' and introduced in 1965. If you wish to know who Arthur Bell may be, look at a bottle of Bell's Old Scotch Whisky.
 
(1978)  Page(s) 157.  
 
‘Baby Faurax’. Shortest. Amethyst. Remontant. P4. H1. *
R. multiflora astonishes us again with flowers of dark amethyst in ‘Baby Faurax’. They are small, very double, and fragrant. The plant does not distinguish itself by growing very much, being stumpy and rather ugly, which is a shame because the flowers are pretty. I recommend anyone to try it, because this is the nearest thing to a blue rose, and an interesting curiosity. The best way to grow it is in a pot in the greenhouse; let it stand outside after flowering. It is certainly not a Miniature, despite the descriptions to be found in some catalogues. It was raised by Leonard Lille of Lyon, and introduced in 1924. Speculation about its parentage has not found an answer, apart from a suggestion it may be a dwarf version of one of the Multiflora Climbers.
(1978)  Page(s) 209.  
 
'Bicolor' Short Pink & white Late spring
It is possible, though not certain, that this is one of the earliest Scotch Roses, for a list in 1822 refers the 'Large Double Two-Coloured Scotch Rose' to R. spinosissima bicolor; Modern Roses 7 refers the varieties 'Grahamstown' and 'Staffa' here, so the message seems to be, when in doubt call it bicolor; there has been much doubt in identifying Scotch Roses.
 
(1978)  Page(s) 183.  
(1978)  Page(s) 161.  
 
'Paul's Scarlet Climber' ..... In the United States, a form called 'Blaze' was raised by Joseph Kallay of Painesville, Ohio, and introduced by J. & P. in 1932. It was supposed to be remontant, but we in Britain could not see any difference from the original.
 
(1978)  Page(s) 187.  
(1978)  Page(s) 213.  
 
'Canary Bird' Tall, Yellow, Late Spring
A joy each spring, when its dainty flowers turn the branches into yellow gauntlets arched down for perfect viewing. The colour is clear yellow, fresh and spring-like, not brazen in the slightest. A pleasant perfume surrounds the bush, and the ferny leaves are a pleasure all through the summer. The flowers are small, yet large in proportion to the leaves and stems behind them. This may not enjoy the more exposed and chilly areas, but the cost of a bush is slight compared with the pleasure that will ensue should the experiment be successful.

The species ought to be R. xanthina spontanea, but we are not sure whether it is now in cultivation. 'Canary Bird' was long thought to be that species, but appears to be a seedling probably raised in a Botanic Garden, and quietly passed around. Some of the stocks in Britain come from a fine form in the Botanic Garden at Edinburgh.
(1978)  Page(s) 75.  
 
'Liberty'. The best red Hybrid Tea to date, by quite a long way, arrived in 1900. It was raised by Alexander Dickson from 'Mrs W. J. Grant' x 'Charles J. Grahame'. The pollen parent,Charles J. Grahame (for these parentages should always be expressed 'Seed Parent' X 'Pollen Parent') was a vigorous red rose, which Dickson's apparently kept for breeding for some time, because it was not introduced until 1905.
(1978)  Page(s) 92.  
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