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'Mary Hicks' rose References
Website/Catalog  (27 May 2015)  
Registered Name: 'Mary Hicks'
ARS Approved Exhibition Name: Mary Hicks
HMult, dr, 1927, Hicks; flowers deep scarlet, 3-3½ cm., semi-dbl., moderate fragrance; foliage light; vigorous, climbing growth
Book  (2003)  Page(s) 150.  
Miscellaneous Descendants of 'Turner's Crimson Rambler'.
Mary Hicks (Hicks, 1927).
Book  (1950)  Page(s) 98.  
Frida Wolfe, Tonbridge. A Lane of Roses.
....Not that I agree to the present fashion of decrying the old faithfuls. If 'Turner's Crimson Rambler' had not been followed by 'Dorothy Perkins' and her followers, a deal of gaiety had been lost to roadside and cottage gardens all over England. And they are not all "shocking pink". Mary Hicks's bright deep crimson is rich and rare among the Ramblers.
Book  (1947)  Page(s) 52.  
Mary Hicks (wich. ramb.), Elisha J. Hicks, 1927. Bright rosy crimson. Petals 35. Moderately vigorous. Arch, pergola. Fragrant. Mid-July flowering. First class Trial Ground Certificate. Prune 37. (Group 1), or 39.
Book  (1945)  Page(s) 38.  
Walter Easlea. The Glory of the Summer Climbing Roses.
'Excelsa' used to be considered the best scarlet crimson, but Mary Hicks is superior.....
Book  (1943)  
p23. The Twelve Best Roses for Growing as Pillars
The following received two votes: .... and Mary Hicks

p40. Bertram Park, Middlesex. I select next a wich. climber, Mary Hicks. It has the restrained vigour desirable, is of bright light crimson colour lasting well from mid-July to mid-August, and is easily trained to throw a mass of bloom from its base up to about 7-ft, 6-in., or 8-ft., its normal full growth.

p42, A, Norman, Guildford. 'Lady Gay'....'Dorothy Perkins'.... Somewhat similar in type is Mary Hicks, although the growth is stouter.

p62. Leonard Hollis. Reliable Roses For the Town Garden.
Wichuraiana Rambler Group. Crimson and Scarlet: Mary Hicks, 'The Beacon', 'Bonfire', and 'Romeo'.
Book  (1941)  Page(s) 55.  
H. R. Darlington. Symposium on the Twelve Best Roses for Growing as Weeping Standards.
....eleven roses which received one vote: ....and Mary Hicks
Book  (1939)  Page(s) 11.  
C. C. Hillary. Hayward's Heath: England's Test Garden.
....Close by, and forming a pleasing foil to the four show beds, was a tall tripod covered with the attractive Rambler Rose named Mary Hicks
Book  (1936)  Page(s) 345.  
Hicks, Mary (multifora) Hicks 1927; dark scarlet-crimson, large, 3/4-full, cluster-flowered, fragrance 5/10, July to September, light green branches and foliage, growth 7/10, climbing.
Book  (1936)  
Dr A. H. Williams. A Symposium on the Best Twelve Wichuraiana Ramblers and the Best Four Wichuraiana Climbers.

p68-5 12th. Mary Hicks Three votes.

p69-2 Dr. A. H. Williams: I have given the casting vote for the 12th place on the Pergola to Mary Hicks. Clearly the choice must lie between her and 'Excelsa', for six of the electors wished to have a late-flowering crimson cluster on their list; but unfortunately the votes were equally divided. This result undoubtedly gives us 12 excellent and eminently desirable Ramblers. But whether one would choose them for one's own garden if limited to 12 is open to doubt. Even after the doubtful inclusion of 'Mary Hicks', it only gives us four seats on the Pergola for representatives of the late-flowering cluster ramblers, whereas the early-flowering members of Group 2, with their more varied colourings, get eight seats.

p75-5 Dr. A. H. Williams. The Wichuraianas. Mary Hicks. A new variety, with fine habit and lasting foliage. Blooms in late Summer in fine trusses of rosy crimson, double, fragrant rosettes. it is, I think superior to 'Excelsa' or 'Troubador' in habit of growth, and in the depth of colour of the blooms. A very fine variety.

p82-3 F. S. Harvey-Cant, Colchester. Number eleven. Judging by popular demand, Mary Hicks just avoids being bottom of this exclusive poll, and with the First Class Trial Ground Certificate behind her, it is surprising that she is not higher on the list. Certainly she is very lovely at her best, her large trusses of crimson rosettes are deeper and fuller than those of 'Excelsa', but sometimes in unkind weather she loses her freshness, and modern though she is, it cannot be satisfactorily replaced with powder-puff and lipstick. Freedom of blooming is pronounced, but duration of bloom is uncertain. Vigorous and fairly evergreen, she shows little tendency to disease. She appreciates Autumn pruning, and the clearing of the old wood makes room for the prolific supply of young shoots, sent up with unfailing regularity from the base.

p87-2. Walter Easlea, Essex. Mary Hicks is probably the best crimson variety, although 'Bonfire' blooms earlier, and it may displace 'Excelsa' for its flowers are richer in colour, fuller and larger. The value of this type of Rambler is most evident when severe thinning of old wood is carried out. The trusses of blossom are larger, and colour is richer from the young, ripened, one-year-old shoots. Like all the 'Dorothy Perkins' race, it is subject to Mildew, but only when growth is restricted owing to faults in position, or the preparation of the soil. All growths of the previous year should be cut away in the Autumn , and only the new shoots allowed to remain. Foliage retained well into December.
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