'The Mouse' rose References
Book (Aug 2002) Page(s) 45.
Book (2001) Page(s) 48.
Grey Pearl Hybrid Tea, mauve, 1945. Rating: 4.9
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 227.
Hybrid Tea, mauve, 1945, ('The Mouse'); ('Mrs. Charles Lamplough' x Seedling) x ('Sir David Davis' x 'Southport'); McGredy; J&P. Bud ovoid; flowers lavender-gray, shaded olive and tan, double (43 petals), high-centered, large (4-4 1/2 in.); fragrant; foliage glossy; vigorous growth.
Book (1978) Page(s) 123.
'Grey Pearl' was an odd rose from McGredy, introduced by J & P in 1945, with a name which really needs no further description. It was rudely nicknamed The Mouse, from the greyness and the brown colour of its buds; its inability to grow also merited that title.
Book (1971) Page(s) 155.
Grey Pearl 1949. Lavender-grey, shaded olive and tan, hybrid tea. To most people, a revolting colour, but a forerunner of many of today's lavender blues.
Website/Catalog (1952) Page(s) 74.
From the 1952 Roses of Yesterday and Today catalog:
Grey Pearl. The catalog-writer is embarrassed. From first mention in edition 1949-1950 we have been promising Grey Pearl to a steadily increasing number of customers and have delivered a few, -- but the list grows faster than our supplies and we must again retire behind a barrage of ifs, buts, howevers, and never-the-lesses--at least until the harvest count is available in December. Grey Peal has the distinction(?) of bearing the lowest ARS rating in America -- a "smashing" 38%, but The Pearl's friend, Walter Bauer of Bremen, Indiana has a comback, --"I believe the reason so many do not like it, is too much rain on the ready-to-open bud. Just now, after a rainless period my flowers are perfect,-- a hot, dry climate for Grey Pearl." And Harris Darcy of Austin, Texas (where it is "hot and dry"), calls it his "Mona Lisa." And again from San Marino, California, --"Even my over-active imagination could not conjure up anything so lovely."
As for the catalog-writer, national rating notwithstanding, he's still waiting to pin one of these pale lavender-grey roses on a black draped shoulder. Needed now, only the lovely (and willing!) lady! $2.50
Later--at the Tulsa ARS convention, --I found her, Mrs. William H. Bies of St Louis.
Article (magazine) (Dec 1951) Page(s) 22.
Grey Pearl, a controversial item in itself and of no distinguished popularity, has mothered a new and distinctly fashionable group of hybrids... Greying a color or shading, brings new color qualities not available with pure pigments. That is what 'Grey Pearl' contributes, as illustrated in the smoky pink-lavender of 'Lavender Pinocchio'.
Book (1945) Page(s) 223, 225.
Grey Pearl Hybrid Tea. (S. McGredy & Son; introduced in the US by Jackson & Perkins Co., 1945). Unnamed seedling x unnamed seedling... A general grey tone with mauve and brownish undertones...
p. 225: Grey Pearl Hybrid Tea. Samuel McGredy & Son, Portadown, Ireland; [introduced by] Jackson and Perkins Company, Newark, New York.