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"Sophie's Perpetual" rose References
Article (magazine)  (2007)  Page(s) 404.  
 
Table 1. Comparison of key volatile components in representative cultivated Chinese roses and species. [adsorption volume by Solid Phase Microextraction (peak area, x10')]
'Sophie's Perpetual'
Nerol 2.40
Beta-phenyethyl alcohol 18.8
Dihydro-beta-ionone 2.71
Article (magazine)  (2007)  Page(s) 402.  
 
...some cultivars...did not emit these components [charactertic of Chinas] and 'Sophie's Perpetual', belonging to the China group, emitted beta-phenylethy alcohol and Nerol which R. damascena Miller also emitted...These cultivars might have no relation to Chinese roses and likely derived from European ancient species such as R. damascena.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 562.  
 
Sophie's Perpetual. China (OGR), pink blend, Classification and origin uncertain, prior to 1928; Re-int. Humphrey Brooke, 1960. Flowers pale pink, overlaid with deep pink and cerise red, globular; foliage dark green; few prickles; 8 ft.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 77.  
 
Sophie's Perpetual China. Description. A beautiful rose found in an old garden, named by Humphrey Brooke and reintroduced in 1960.... Of obvious hybrid origin.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 104.  Includes photo(s).
 
Sophie's Perpetual. A China hybrid. The contrast of pale centre and deep red edge may be very striking. Found and named by Humphrey Brooke, a great connoisseur of Old Roses, launched 1960.
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 110.  
 
Sophie's Perpetual Bourbon. Introducer unknown, pre-1928... silvery pink, petal edges blushing deep rose... Sophie, Countess Beckendorf. [Author cites information from different sources.]
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 137.  
 
Planted at the rose garden at Lime Kiln in the 1920s as Dresden China by the Countess Sophie Benckendorf... rediscovered and renamed by Humphrey Brooke...
Book  (1981)  Page(s) 102.  
 
Humphrey Brooke. The garden at Lime Kiln, near Ipswich was originally the creation of Countess Sophie Benckendorff.....
Book  (1980)  Page(s) 60.  
 
E. F. Allen. Rose Scent - A Quantitative Study.
Dresden China. 1924. China. Marks for Scent: 9 [Extremely strongly scented].
Magazine  (Oct 1974)  Page(s) 31.  Includes photo(s).
 
Humphrey Brooke: In 1924 Sophie, Countess Benckendorff, my wife’s grandmother and the creator of our garden at Lime Kiln, Claydon, Suffolk, planted six specimens of a rose obtained from Paul’s nursery under the name Dresden China. Of the four that still survive in full vigour, three have climbed to 20 feet against the house, while the one in an open site has remained a bush of about 3 feet. These roses are usually in bloom on or shortly before May 1 (being invariably the earliest in a collection of over 400 varieties) and continue until the frosts. As a result of one exceptionally mild winter the actual period of flowering covered 13 months. There was then a pause for 6 weeks. In 1972 Messrs R. C. Notcutt of Woodbridge re-introduced this rose as Sophie’s Perpetual. However unwelcome changes in nomenclature may be, one must recognise the numerous precedents, including varieties so famous under a new name as ‘Peace’ and ‘Independence’. ‘Dresden China’ now carries the risk of confusion with Herr Korde’s ‘Dresden’, while the implied classification as a Chinensis is misleading. ‘Sophies Perpetual’ is extremely fragrant and has cup-shaped blooms rather reminiscent of the Bourbon ‘Madame Pierre Oger’, only in a warmer shade of pink. These come both singly and in clusters. It is also thornless and both in this respect, and in its ability to climb when required, resembles another Bourbon, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’. That it is a Bourbon-China hybrid cannot be in dispute, but in habit and characteristics it may come to be recognized as closer to the former family. The Chinensis strain is, of course, most evident in the exceptionally “perpetual” periods of bloom. I have recently been able to test from newly-budded plants that this rose, the most versatile of any within my knowledge, will thrive in difficult places such as dry banks and heavy shade. The Countess Benckendorff who planted the original specimens, the widow of the last Czarist Ambassador, was both an artist and gardener of note. Her Christian name is appropriately linked with this special favourite of her choice. ‘Sophie’s Perpetual’ is, above all, a rose of outstanding charm.
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