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"Fantin-Latour" rose References
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 150.  Includes photo(s).
 
Description and vital statistics. A superb mystery rose with records conspicuously absent... soft, delicate pink flowers ... [Discussion of its possible origins]
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 20 & 21.  Includes photo(s).
 
An old-fashioned favorite... enchanting, blush-tinted flowers composed of as many as two hundred petals. ... An excellent candidate for pegging or training on a fence to manage its long, arching canes.
Book  (Sep 1996)  Page(s) 202.  
 
Centifolia rose. 'Fantin-Latour'. When seen at its best, this rose will convince even the most ardent rejectors of non-remontant roses that it should be growing in their gardens, for it has to be one of the most beautiful of shrubs. The exquisite many-petalled form of its blush-pink flowers is pure Centifolia-like, but in other respects this rose is not easy to classify. Its leaves are not as coarse as those of most Centifolias; their colour is more grey-green, and the whole plant is not as thorny. Its origins are a mystery. There appears to be no reference to a rose introduced especially for the French artist whose name it bears. My belief is that it acquired its name after Fantin-Latour’s death because it resembles roses painted by him. I have heard one suggestion that it was once an unnamed understock, but I cannot agree; it is far too refined and artistocratic for such a role. In any case, it does not root easily enough from cuttings to be a cost-effective understock. As a garden rose it is simplicity itself to grow. Just find a spot where it can do its own thing and let it get on with it, no matter what the soil type. Dead-heading each year will suffice for pruning. If planted against a wall, it will attain a height of at least ten feet.
Book  (1996)  Page(s) 16.  Includes photo(s).
 
Fantin-Latour Centifolia shrub... The smooth leaves indicate some China parentage, so it is not one of the ancient centifolias...
Book  (1995)  Page(s) 52, 53.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 52: [Photo] Fantin-Latour [The author discusses this rose in depth. It is one of his fifty favorite roses.] Of the softest blush-pink, with more richly tinted centre petals, opening to a circular, cupped shape. The outer petals then reflex, leaving the centre cupped... no one has the least idea where or when it originated, except that it was probably during the lifetime of the French artist after whom it was named...
Page 53: [Photo] it is by no means certain that it is really a centifolia
Book  (1995)  Page(s) 14.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (1995)  Page(s) 80.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Nov 1994)  Includes photo(s).
 
Plate 26 the rose known in English gardens as 'Fantin-Latour'. The name is without foundation; it is a somewhat hybridised version of Rosa centifolia, excelling in quality of foliage, flower and fragrance.

p56 'Fantin-Latour'. It is difficult to know where to class this splendid rose, as it clearly has Centifolia flowers, but the leaves show signs of china Rose smoothness. In growth and flower, however, it nearly approaches typical Rosa centifolia, and as it has one season of flowering only, it seems best included under this heading. It will make a large rounded bush, well clothed in handsome, broad, dark green leaves, 5 feet high and wide on good soils, and is one of the most handsome of shrub roses, particularly when in flower. Poised with Centifolia charm, the blooms have a circular, cupped shape when half open, of a bland pale pink, warmly tinted in the central folds with rich blush. Later the outer petals reflex, still leaving the centre cupped, and at this stage it is scarcely surpassed in beauty. It is a most satisfying rose in every way, and has a delicious fragrance. I found it in one garden where its name was unknown, labelled "Best Garden Rose," and as such it is worthily named after the great French artist. So far I have been unable to trace the name in any nineteenth-century book.
[Illustration], Le Rougetel, page 155
Book  (Nov 1994)  
 
p4. At the outbreak of war Brian O. Mulligan, at that time Assistant to Mr. Harrow at the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens at Wisley, Surrey, drew my attention to the great collection of Old Roses gathered together by E. A. Bunyard, which was shortly to be sold. This awakened me to the treasure stored by this enlightend man, who was so great a loss to us all in his passing. And then shortly afterwards the only other big commercial collection of shrub roses fell upon the market, that of Messrs. G. Beckwith & Son of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Although this collection was mainly composed of species, many of which were of doubtful horticultural value, the entire collection was acquired in the spring of 1940.....

p4. Meanwhile, in 1941 I was lucky enough to find my way to Nymans, Lieutenant-Colonel L. R. C. Messel's beautiful home at Handcross, Sussex. It was my special privilege to be taken round the remarkable collection of Old Roses by Mrs. Messel, whose particular hobby it had been to collect these delights before the war. Here was my first introduction to them as garden furnishings..... At Nymans these roses were grouped in formal beds, set in grass and interspersed with apple- and mulberry-trees in a pleasing cottage garden style. It was a great experience to see them and hear all the delightful names of these rare old varieties from so knowledgeable and enthusiastic a gardener as Mrs. Messell. There was not much time during the war to look out for roses, but an occasional visit to Nymans and Wisley....

p5. ....and roses from Messrs. Bunyard's had found their way through E. A. Bunyard to Nymans.

p5. Another journey was to Colonel F. C. Stern's garden at Highdown, Goring-by-Sea, Sussex; good bushes of old-fashioned roses grew strongly in his chalky soil...... and on the same day I went farther, into Buckinghamshire, to Chetwode Manor. In this quiet country garden Mrs. Louis Fleischmann has preserved another collection of roses; these had been mostly gathered from old gardens in England and Ireland....., I described her garden at some length in Gardening Illustrated for July 1951.
Book  (Nov 1993)  Page(s) 25.  Includes photo(s).
 
Centifolia ... a tall arching rose with clear pink flowers deepening in colour in the centre and can be grown as a small climber with support ... richly perfumed flowers, which tend to hang downwards. Named after a French flower painter who lived from 1839 to 1904.
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