"Somerville Big Pink" rose References
Book (1993) Page(s) 87. Includes photo(s).
Hybrid Tea. Pernet-Ducher (France) 1890. The climbing form appeared 1901. ('Mme. De Tartas' x 'Lady Fitzwilliam'.)
Book (1993) Page(s) 113. Includes photo(s).
Hybrid Tea. Pernet-Ducher (France) 1890. ('Mme de Tartas' x 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam')
Book (1993) Page(s) 112.
The first commercial naming of a rose was said to have been made by a French milliner, Mme. Caroline Testout, who picked a rose to help promote her business. The rose with her name went on to fame, and it's available yet today...
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 268.
Mme Caroline Testout Hybrid Tea. Pernet-Ducher, 1890. Parentage: 'Mme de Tartas' x 'Lady Mary Fitzwilliam.' [Author cites information from different sources. The Journal des Roses says it is dedicated to a lady of Grenoble, a flower fancier.]
Book (1988) Page(s) 24-25. Includes photo(s).
Joseph Pernet-Ducher. Raised in 1890 and as a climber is still one of the world's favourites. As a bush rose, it had no rivals, producing an abundance of large, blowsy, scented, satin-pink flowers on a sturdy, accomodating plant.
Book (1985) Page(s) 98.
[Wilhelm Kordes I thought that] the best rose in the world... was the pink 'Caroline Testout'. But the Queen of Roses, if only one had it, would be that same 'Caroline Testout', coloured not pink, but rich, deep red... his son, Wilhelm, began to fertilize 'Caroline Testout' with pollen of red roses, especially the famous 'Général Jacqueminot'. Caroline declined to give birth to red children.
Book (1985) Page(s) 101.
On studying the descendants of Caroline,[Wilhelm Kordes II] thought he detected the entry he wanted in a pink rose called 'Superb', introduced by Evans of Brighton in 1924. He crossed 'Superb' with 'Sensation', a red rose introduced in 1922 by Joseph H. Hill Co. of Richmond, Indiana. Most of the seedlings were pink, but one was ruby red, giving him the break he had sought. He named it 'Cathrine Kordes' and introduced it in 1929...
Book (1974) Page(s) 38.
Such comment seems to give the lie to the cry so often heard that the modern rose has lost its fragrance. The truth is more likely that the modern nose has lost its ability and that dreams of the past are sweeter. It could well be due, too, to the fact that for a number of years in the early part of this century the most popular garden roses 'Mme. Caroline Testout' and 'Frau Karl Druschki', were both scentless.
Article (misc) (1954) Page(s) 41.
Mme Caroline Testout 28 chromosomes
Book (1953) Page(s) 66.
Madame Caroline Testout - 28