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'Centifolia Variegata' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 159-897
most recent 7 JAN HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 JAN by odinthor
I see a new variation of the spelling, "Dometelle Bicar," in The Cottage Gardener, vol. 10, 1853, p. 318.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 7 JAN by jedmar
Thank you, we added this spelling to the long list of the other "hidden" spellings.
Discussion id : 112-747
most recent 26 AUG 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 AUG 18 by Andrew from Dolton
There are 11 pages of photographs of this rose, apart from one showing the thorns there are none showing the bush itself and its growth habit, just pretty flowers.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 26 AUG 18 by Kathy Strong
Well, that by itself is a clue: the bush itself is nothing special to look at or photograph, apparently.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 26 AUG 18 by Andrew from Dolton
And the flowers are very pretty too. I am probably going to order 'Village Maid' this autumn and just wanted to see what it grew like.
Discussion id : 95-154
most recent 30 SEP 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 SEP 16 by WarGar
I grew two of these in San Antonio, Texas in the late 1990s. I don't recall where I bought it from except it was a retailer in California. They only had one copy; I successfully propagated a second copy. When I moved to Northern Alabama (Huntsville area), I ordered two from Rogue Valley Roses in Oregon. They look exactly the same as the two in Texas, and exactly the same as mentioned in the book "Peter Schneider on Roses" where I first learned about the rose. He labeled it as 'Village Maid' with synonyms Belle des Jardins and Centifolia Variegata. As recently as 2015, the American Rose Society Handbook for Selecting Roses included Belle des Jardins; as of 2016, that listing has dropped out. (So had Clotilde Soupert several years earlier, which is a polyantha and also still available in commerce.)

So my question is: How can a rose with so many names and uncertain parentage still be sold in commerce and look exactly the same from various sources? I'm grateful; it's one of my favorite roses, despite being a spring-only bloomer (I prefer repeat bloomers), but it is curious.

Whatever its name, it is a very prickly rose with mostly tiny prickles. Gloves should definitely be worn while working with it. It looks best pegged to the ground but will bloom profusely even if you let it flop as it will! Several years ago, during a late spring following an unusually cold winter, it bloomed for five weeks rather than the usual three.
Update April 2020: We moved to Huntsville AL, which is next door to Madison where we used to live, so same general growing conditions. My two 'Village Maid' grew a third in between them, and that's the one I dug up and brought with me to the new house.
Discussion id : 93-037
most recent 28 MAY 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 MAY 16 by Unregistered Guest
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