"Bissett Cottage Rose" Description
Photo courtesy of Andrew from Dolton
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Bissett Cottage is the name of the Devon, U.K. cottage where this rose grows. Bissett cottage fell into disrepair and was abandoned around 1900, no trace remains today. It was made of cob (mud, straw and manure), as most of our cottages are, so the rose must be a variety introduced some time before them. The lilac it grows with I think is 'Lucie Baltet' which was raised sometime toward the last part of the 19th century. Only that, the rose and a white flowered vinca remain. It is growing and flowering well in shade.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 3's
Receptacle smooth, cup-shaped. (Therefore perhaps not 'Rose d'Amour')
Bloom 5cm. Pink, fading slightly on outer edge. Very double, appears to have no sexual parts, but part of a pointel may be showing in some blooms.
Fragrance Light, fruity
Hip Does not set seed
Sepals Tall, more than twice the height of the bud just showing colour. Glandular.
Season Last week of May and most of June
Leaf Dull, matte foliage. Red veining visible under the leaf. No prickles under rachis.
Bracts Wide, leafy. Bracts also seem to enclose the opening bud.
Stipule. Wide. awl-like [?]
Prickles Infrastipular prickles
Bush 2m x 2m. Suckers
Canes reddish-purple, smooth (in between the infrastipular prickles)
Disease Very resistant to blackspot
Possibly R. cinnamomea plena