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"Belle Amour" rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 124-107
most recent 30 NOV HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 29 NOV by Jukka K
I find the rampant, lanky growth habit, the all thorny canes, and the flower colour and medicinal (myrrh) scent of this rose strikingly similar to Austin’s famous Constance Spry. I wonder if it has occurred to others that Constance Spry’s true parent might be Belle Amour rather than Belle Isis...? Apart from the myrhh scent, CS has no resemblance to the Belle Isis growing in my garden. BI is a rather dainty, small bush and susceptible to black spot.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 NOV by Palustris
Quite by chance I purchase 'Belle Amour' and 'Constance Spry' at the same time a couple of decades ago. Planting them side by side in the nursery, I came to the same conclusion as you: 'Belle Amour' must be the true parent of 'Constance Spry.' Naturally, it was never a popular speculation with fellow rose growers, so I have kept quiet about my observation until now. I am happy someone has come to the same conclusion.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 30 NOV by Jukka K
Interesting. The two are so similar that I even find it quite likely that CS is self-pollinated BA.
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Discussion id : 103-816
most recent 1 AUG 17 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 1 AUG 17 by Sambolingo
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Discussion id : 100-191
most recent 26 MAY 17 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 26 MAY 17 by Patricia Routley
This para from a letter to a friend may be pertinent to my previous comment in "Belle Amour":
....I have a rather nice new vase with some rather nice writing engraved on it. .....thanks to Susan Ronk who carried this heavy vase from Sydney and delivered it to Northcliffe today (November 18, 2016) Susan, Judy Goldfinch and I then spent a few hours among the roses in full bloom. We each took blooms of "Belle Amour" and 'Constance Spry' in each hand and started sniffing for myrrh [see Last journal, page. 58]. "Belle Amour" smelt wonderful for us all. But I couldn't get any perfume at all from 'Constance Spry'; Susan's reaction was "It is different"; and Judy's was "I really don't know what I am doing". So we just filled the vase right up with beautiful blooms and it was a very happy day.
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Discussion id : 100-190
most recent 26 MAY 17 HIDE POSTS
 
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