'Cloth of Gold' rose References
Magazine (2016) Page(s) 55. Vol. 38, no. 2.
Patricia Routley: Keeping Records.
....I am now convinced that my pale yellow roses are indeed Chromatella. So convinced that last year I suggested to John Hook in France that his photo of a rose might be 'Chromatella'. Nope - he already has "the Australian 'Chromatella'," but it apparently was sent with no provenance. So we have missed the chance of a nurseryman confirming the veracity of Eileen's clone - or did John get Bilney's clone - or even the South Australian "Ma Lovelock" clone - or Walter Duncan's clone? Keeping provenance rcords is one of the most important things a Heritage Roses in Australia member can do. It helps people to stop building on shaky assumptions and get to the truth instead.
Magazine (2015) Page(s) 28. Vol 37. No. 3.
Hillary Merrifield, Billy West and Lynne Chapman. Renmark Repository April 2015.
"Ma Lovelock's" C26. The same as 'Chromatella' C21 and matches early descriptions and illustrations of 'Chromatella'.
Article (newspaper) (Jun 2014) Page(s) 2. Includes photo(s).
Patricia Routley: I have two pale yellow noisette roses that came into my garden from separate old properties. I believe them to be Chromatella 1830 bred by M. Coquereau of Angers in France and introduced there in 1842 by Vibert. It was introduced a year later in England by T. Rivers as ‘Cloth of Gold’. My first plant came as a cutting in 2004 that Natalee Kuser had struck from the much beloved old plant at Hill Farm on the southern side of Bridgetown. The owner, Eileen Giblett, (who was 83 years old then), later told me her mother had planted the rose which had been brought in from their previous old farm. So it came to me with a degree of history and a surrounding aura of love, and the name that had been passed on – ‘Cloth of Gold’. Rose Marsh in Kojonup posted over my second plant to me as a cutting in 2005 and she had acquired her plant from the 60-year old rose at the Bilney property. This one was study-named “Ron Bilney’s Yellow Climber”. Both my plants turned out to be the same and they took a few years to settle in. ‘Chromatella’ had a reputation of not blooming really well until it is quite established. Because most people avoid difficult-to-pronounce names, ‘Chromatella’ was very rarely used and the name ‘Cloth of Gold’ was much preferred by many. It was easier to remember, easier to say, and it gave mental pictures of sheets of colour for the garden. For a deep yellow rose, ‘Cloth of Gold’ would have been a superb name but unfortunately every time someone found a beautiful yellow rose, they mentally grabbed that lovely phrase and pronounced their foundling rose ‘Cloth of Gold’. There was much later confusion with yellow climbing roses. Mostly I like to stick to the original name given to a rose by the breeder. To me, the name ‘Chromatella’ brings thoughts of the chrome of bumper bars of cars, reflecting pale early morning sunshine. The prefix chrom is from early Greek, meaning colour. The tella? The dictionary tells me about the Latin world tellus meaning the earth. Imagination runs riot here and I can only presume Mons. Coquereau had fond memories of some beach sand when he named this pale yellow rose. My rose has shown purple canes (mentioned in an 1864 reference) and a slight zigzagging trait that is often shown by the noisette roses. It has clusters of large 9.5cm blooms, a square-ish receptacle and a glandular pedicel. The clean and smooth leaves fold up from the midrib and are very pointed with acuminate tips. There are a few large red thorns that age to black. This noisette rose should not be pruned at all. ‘Chromatella’ surprised me once when I was working busily, head down, bottom up at some weeding or reticulation matter. When standing up to stretch and straighten the back muscles, I was suddenly confronted with a lone specimen of the most beautiful bloom imaginable. It came at a time when all other roses had been and gone, and the unexpected beauty was truly a gift.
Book (2000) Page(s) 163. Includes photo(s).
‘Chromatella’/’Cloth of Gold’ = Noisette. Solitaires en début d’été, plutôt groupées en bouquets en automne… fleurs très pleines… jaune soufre doux… Lent à s’établir… Réputé difficile, maladif et volontiers dégingandé, il récompense le jardinier patient de sa floraison féerique en juin, puis plus modeste jusqu’aux gelées. Une taille légère est conseillée. C’est une fleur de ce rosier, souvent vendu sous le nom de ‘Cloth of Gold’, que portait la reine Victoria lorsqu’elle ouvrit le Crystal Palace en 1847. Coquereau, France, 1843.
Book (Nov 1994) Page(s) 158.
Cloth of Gold ('Chromatella') Noisette. Coquereau (France) 1843. Description... descended from 'Lamarque'... soft sulphur-yellow...
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 95.
Noisette (OGR), light yellow, 1843, ('Cloth of Gold'); 'Lamarque' seedling; Coquereau. Flowers creamy white, center yellow, very double, globular, large; fragrant; vigorous, climbing; shy bloom until well established.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 97. Includes photo(s).
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 207.
Chromatella ('Cloth of Gold') Coquereau/Vibert, 1843. Noisette. Seedling of 'Lamarque'. [Author cites many sources.] One of the entries from the American Rose Annual states, Queen Victoria carried the 'Cloth of Gold' rose when, with Albert, her consort, she opened the Crystal Palace in 1847.
Website/Catalog (1945) Page(s) 24.
'Clg Cloth of Gold'. Pale yellow, with deep centre. Large and very vigorous.
Book (1942) Page(s) 59.
The Climbing Noisette roses, which grow to perfection in the light soils of California's coastal region, are all of them old-fashioned, dating back as far as 1830...Mme. Alfred Carrière, with blush-white flowers, Chromatella, Rêve d'Or, William Allen Richardson and Alister Stella Gray or Golden Rambler, all with yellow flowers, are all equally good.