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"George Whatson" rose Description
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Photo courtesy of Jane Z
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
1 favorite vote.  
Origin:
Discovered by Barbara May (Australia).
Class:
Tea.  
Bloom:
Light to mid-pink with some yellow at the petal base, can be peach or buff in some weather conditions. Petal edges can ruffle. Informal or frilly shape. Does not shed cleanly..  None to mild, tea fragrance.  up to 85 petals.  Average diameter 3.25".  Very double, borne mostly solitary, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, mounded, upright.  Medium green foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of up to 6' 7" (up to 200 cm).  Width of 6' 7" (200 cm).
Growing:
Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  
Parentage:
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Notes:
Found in a Sydney Cemetery. George Whatson died in 1919.
Reminds one of the 'Gloire de Dijon' family.
Similar to another foundling "William James Wright" but leaf colour appears to be different, and receptacles are wider than WJW.
Bloom: sometimes retaining circular outline; petals roughly quartered, folded knot in centre of some, ruff of dried petals underneath
Petal: Wedge shaped, quite soft, inner petals narrower.
Stamens and carpel: Not visible. Big tuft of carpels, pink styles, cream stigmas. 2 flowers had no stamens, but one bud had a few. [this observation on one plant]
Pedicel: Curved or S-shape. Small glands, linear or leafy bracts at base of pedicel.
Bud: Plump, blunt; pale pink, carmine shading on outer petals
Receptacle: Quite large rounded cup. Some glands at base
Foliage: 5 leaflets, some with quite pronounced point on some; widely separated, shiny surface, wavy edges; thin rachis, with smallish prickles underneath, a few glands on rachis near petioles. Stipules medium wide with long diverging auricles.
Canes: green, sometimes brown on one side.
Prickles: ) Downward pointing prickles right up to flower stem; dilated at the base, falcate, new prickles red.
Hips: Doesn’t appear to set hips.
 
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