'Tom Thumb' rose References
Book (1964) Page(s) 147.
Clifford T. Wilson, Canada. Miniature Roses at Our Rose Shows.
The word "miniature'" to define a class of roses came into use about 1940 with the introduction of 'Peon' (Com. syn 'Tom Thumb'), 'Pixie' and 'Midget' by Robert Pyle through the Conard-Pyle Company. Previously this group was known as "fairy roses." Dr. Lawrence in an authentic article published in the 1953 American Rose Annual, makes clear the two provisions which are necessary to conform to the class. They are dwarf plants and they are also hybrids of Rosa chinensis minima. To be a good miniature rose the plant must be proportionately reduced in all its parts, stature, stem, foliage and bloom, but first of all it must be a hybrid of R. chinensis minima. It must have the blood of 'Pompon de Paris' or of 'Roulettii' coursing through its veins.
Book (1962) Page(s) 15.
Roy and Heather Rumsey, NSW:
'Thumbelina' ....similar to 'Peon'
Website/Catalog (1958) Page(s) 33.
Fairy or Miniature Roses. Peon Single. Crimson, white eye. Very dwarf.
Book (1936) Page(s) 68-69.
Article entitled, "Another Rouletti," describes how Jan de Vink bred Tom Thumb using Rouletti as seed parent and pollen from F. J. Grootendorst, Gloria Mundi, a yellow HT, a seedling of Tausendschön and other roses.
Photo on page facing p. 72
Book (1936) Page(s) 705.
Thumb, Tom (Lawreanciana) de Vink 1935; = Peon.
Book (1936) Page(s) 552.
Peon (Lawrenciana) de Vink 1935; seedling or sport of R. Rouletti; dark crimson, center and petal ends white, very small, semi-double, very short habit, like Rouletti, In America: Tom Thumb.