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'Irène Watts' rose References
Magazine  (2019)  Page(s) 51. Vol 41, No. 1.  
 
Margaret Furness.  Tea, Noisette and China Mislabels in Australia.
Poly-Teas and Chinas.
Roses sold here as Irène Watts are usually Grüss an Aachen or Pink Grüss an Aachen. Rookwood “Agnes Smith” is also sold as Irène Watts
Website/Catalog  (22 Dec 1998)  Page(s) 28.  Includes photo(s).
 
Irene Watts Antique China. Guillot fils 1896. Description... silken blooms of soft apricot that age to buff white...
Book  (Dec 1998)  Page(s) 314.  Includes photo(s).
 
Irène Watts China. Guillot (France) 1896. Description... long apricot buds that reveal pale pink, double blooms with large petals and a button eye...
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 261.  
 
Irene Watts China, white, 1896, Guillot, P. Description.
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 92.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 104.  Includes photo(s).
 
China. Guillot (France) 1896.
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 30.  
 
Irène Watts China. P. Guillot, 1895. Seedling of 'Mme Laurette Messimy'. [Author cites information from different sources.]
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 44.  
 
Today I find that well-established China roses need no protection, but even in the south of England I swathe small new plants with dry bracken to protect not only new stems but roots also against long periods of severe weather. ‘Arethusa’ with lovely yellow shades and ‘Irene Watts’, with many tints of pink, are two rewarding Chinas of later introduction and, for impact of their delicate shades, are best planted in groups of three. However, I have still to find one approaching ‘Old Blush’ for providing silvery-pink blooms almost continuously from May to the first frosts. The foliage of these China roses is quite different from leaves of the old roses, being tinged reddish-brown, shining and pointed, on red stems with prominent, curved red prickles, decorative, I think, even before the flowers appear.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 68, 69.  Includes photo(s).
 
Page 68: [Photo]
Page 69: A China raised by Guillot in 1896. (description)
Book  (1985)  Includes photo(s).
 
p74 ….But who was ‘Irene Watts’? Now there’s a name gone around the world, for she grew in a garden in Auckland, New Zealand, to name but one. She (the rose) was one of Monsieur Guillot’s clever projeny introduced in 1896 and labeled a china rose, but there must be a little bit more to it than that. It would be my guess that Fantin-Latour features somewhere, with the sunset flushes of Irene coming in from a real china rose. I shall illustrate her, but admit to having caught her on a dull damp morning when the pink, peach and lemon tints at her heart are not really evident. In hot, dry weather this rose will send up a great bract of blooms in varying stages of undress, and the colour range can be like an opalescent sunset, the sort that would have had Turner whipping out his little pocket watercolour set. ‘Irene Watts’ also has something of ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ about her, so if family likenesses have any bearing on this matter we might look there too. ….. It is the smooth stems of ‘Irene Watts’ that tell most of her china parentage; whereas the bloom is more than a little centifolia in its quartering, and gallica in its folding.
P75 Photo. ‘Irene Watts’.
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