'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam' rose References
(2019) Page(s) 41. Vol 41, No. 2. Includes photo(s).
From Heritage Roses in Australia journal
Patricia Routley. Lady Mary Fitzwilliam - Lost Forever.
There have been two re-discoveries of ‘Lady Mary Fitzwilliam.....
p12. This brings to mind my good friend Keith Money, himself a native of New Zealand. I well remember my first meeting with Keith. It was a hot day in midsummer at my nursery, then at Swardston, near Norwich. He lived at Caston, a village not far away. Having heard that I was building up a collection of old roses, he had come to see what I was up to. I soon realized that here was a kindred spirit, someone who loved roses, and my initial irritation at his intrusion into my time was quickly dispelled. Of about my own age, he was very well known internationally as an artist, author, and photographer. In fact, as the latter Keith collaborated with me in photographing roses to ilustrate four little booklets I was writing on their history, published in the 1970s. Before I met Keith he had already assembled a considerable collection of rare and historically important roses..... Even more importantly, his painstaking research had led him to rediscover 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam', an old Hybrid tea bred by the Victorian rose breeder Arthur Bennett and an important stud rose of its day. Keith had discovered this rose in a nearby garden and it was confirmed as authentic by an elderly Australian who, when shown Keith's photograph of the rose by his son Dean[e] Ross, a professional rose grower, recalled seeing it in the early 1900s when he was starting the Ross family's nursery. At the time of its rediscovery this rose, too, had been thought commercially extinct.
p116. Introduced some 15 years later than 'La France','Lady Mary Fitzwilliam' also has fragrant, pink flowers, but this rose was raised by an Englishman, Henry Bennett. It was rediscovered by Keith Money in 1975, having been thought extinct for many years. A thorny plant with plenty of good foliage, it is slightly taller than 'La France' growing to about 75cm (2 1/2 ft), and is less prone to mildew.
p236. Lady Mary Fitzwilliam Introduced Bennett, UK 1882. Rediscovered Money, UK 1975. Parentage: 'Devoniensis' x 'Victor Verdier'. Shapely, high-centred, soft pink flowers flushed deeper pink. Fragrant. Growth bushy, thorny. Foliage copious, dark green.
Magazine (2004) Page(s) 30. Vol 26, No. 1.
Steve Beck. Early Hybrid Teas.
By far the most important of these releases was Lady Mary Fitzwilliam, a plant of which is supposedly growing in my garden. However, since its re-discovery and re-introduction in Australia this variety has virtually no fragrance and is more of a soft rose pink than flesh, leading me to conclude that we do not have her here, much to my dismay, and that the rose in my garden is sadly just another old unidentifiable pink!. If the photo in Peter Beales Roses [note - this photo is in HelpMeFind] is true to type, then I would say they do have it in England, and maybe one day we can get bud wood to Australia and try again. It is one of the most significant stud roses in the history of modern roses, and must never be allowed to disappear.
[refer also to the 1992 'Roses' reference]
Book (Apr 2001) Page(s) 95.
Whittle Light-Pink Tea ('Lady Mary Fitzwilliam?) Tea. Found Angel's Camp Prot. Cemetery...
Whittle Light-Pink Tea see 'Mrs. Henry Bowles' (Attrib.)
Magazine (2001) Page(s) 12.
Patricia Routley: Letter to the Editor.
The best part of the [2001 Hahndorf] Conference for me was.....
While in South Australia at Ross Roses, I saw Lady Mary Fitzwilliam planted as I have done right next to 'Mrs. Wakefield Christie-Miller'. There is a great story about 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam'.....
Book (1999) Page(s) 52.
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. Bennett. UK 1882. HT pink.
[Available from:] Cottage, Country Farm, Duncan, Hedgerow, Hilltop, Honeysuckle, John’s World, Mistydown, Minirose, Reliable, Rose Arbour, Thomas.
Book (Dec 1998) Page(s) 348. Includes photo(s).
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. Modern, large-flowered hybrid tea. Light pink. Repeat flowering. This is one of the best known names in the history of the modern rose, but the impressions it made at the time of its introduction were mixed. It tends to put much strength into forming perfect flowers at the expense of growth, and therefore it delighted rose exhibitors. The secretary of Britain’s National Rose Society gave his opinion of its worth as a garden plant by saying that it would be difficult to find a weaker and more unsatisfactory grower than ‘Lady Mary Fitzwilliam’. In view of that, it is surprising first that it should have become one of the most influential pollen parents behind the modern roses of today, and second that it could survive for more than a century and still be found in nursery lists, though it is hard to be certain if the variety offered is the right one. It has pale flesh pink blooms of regular form that are globular, full, long lasting and scented. They are repeat-flowering and are borne on short branches on a plant of below average height that has matt green foliage. Zones 5-9. Bennett, UK 1882. (Parentage:) ‘Devoniensis’ x ‘Victor Verdier’.
Book (1997) Page(s) 33, 34. Includes photo(s).
'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam', when put to stud -- unlike her French counterpart, 'La France', which was virtually sterile -- proved very fertile and was used extensively by both French and British breeders.
Book (Sep 1993) Page(s) 246. Includes photo(s).
Lady Mary Fitzwilliam Large-flowered. Henry Bennett 1882. Parentage: 'Devoniensis' x 'Victor Verdier'. Named for a grand-daughter of King William IV. Description... soft pink... it is one of the most important ancestors of Modern Garden Roses... 'Mrs. Wakefield Christie-Miller' is sometimes sold as 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam'...
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 300.
Hybrid Tea, light pink, 1882, 'Devoniensis' x 'Victor Verdier'; Bennett. Flowers flesh-color, globular, large; very fragrant; vigorous growth; a famour parent rose.