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'Reine du Midi' rose References
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 73.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (1987)  Page(s) 66.  
David Ruston, Heritage Rose Conference 1986. 
I have been chasing the old Hybrid Perpetual La Reine for at least 10 years.  I looked for her in Sangerhausen, but she had succumbed to winter cold.  Heather Rumsey found a plant in Hamburg, but I was not there, having gone to Dortmund for the day.  The rose was missing at Bonehill and I finally tracked down a plant at Deane Ross’s last winter, only to find that Gwen Fagan identified a huge plant of her at least 50 years old at Grace Wilkinson’s garden 24 km from here!
Website/Catalog  (1982)  Page(s) 23.  
La Reine.  (Hybrid Perpetual) Large, full blooms of silvery-rose pink.  One of the first hybrid perpetuals introduced and a parent to many others.  Fragrant. 1842. (R) 3 x 3’.
Magazine  (19 Nov 1981)  
Humphrey Brooke: A Rose Prophecy Fulfilled, The Resurgence of the Hybrid Perpetual.
Hybrid Perpetuals were the inventions of the French nurseryman Laffay, and are of very mixed parentage, since he is reported (Thomas Rivers, The Rose Amateur's Guide, 1840) as using 200,000 seedlings a year.....but his first triumph was La Reine (1843), a globular flower in satin pink and violet on a strong bush. In my experience she opens badly except in full sun, and dislikes rain, but she is still a magnificent rose.
Book  (1980)  Page(s) vii.  Includes photo(s).
Leonie Bell: 
When I finally laid eyes on La Reine, the heavy buds with their tapering calyx-tubes could have been the models for the pair in Curtis' plate.  This is genuine botanical illustration, no less so because the subject grows only in gardens and flaunts glowing color. 
Book  (1980)  Page(s) 131.  
It is sad and inexplicable to me how such a famous pink rose as La Reine (1842) can have disappeared. In its heyday it was in every catalogue and its portrait was in every book. Perhaps it may yet be retrieved. It was figured in  Choix des Plus Belles Roses, Plate 13, and in the Journal des Roses, Mars 1880.
Book  (1974)  Page(s) 141.  
Arthur Wyatt: Lost and Found Roses. The same Jules Laffay was initially responsible for this development, which was to carry through until the end of the Victorian era. His original group sent out between 1837 and 1840 were of little account and quickly disappeared, but his 'Rose de la Reine’ (1842) was the real landmark. From it, all modern pink and white Hybrid Teas are descended. 'La Reine’ as it is more usually called, had not been available for sixty years. Fortunately, several good colour engravings exist from which a check could be made, as several contenders came in before the authentic variety was found in East Germany. William Paul recalled in 1848 how his excitement at seeing 'La Reine for the very first time caused a near catastrophe in Laffay's nursery at Auteuil. In his anxiety to get a closer look, he crashed into a bed of young seedlings and thus nearly ended a beautiful friendship (but which, in fact endured for the lifetime of both men). The blooms are large, globular, very full and strongly fragrant in the now fashionable lilac-pink with an intriguing carmine cast to the outer petals. They usually come solitary on long, firm stems on a tall, healthy plant amply furnished with light green foliage, which only falls prey to the leaf-cutter bee. It blooms early and repeats well, a feature noticeable in its seedlings, 'Anna de Diesbach’ (1858) and 'Francois Michelon’ 1891) . Both are in varying shades of pink. Plant-wise too, they show close affinity to ‘La Reine’, but with a deeper cup and a lesser petallage than ‘La Reine' which averages 78, they are less inclined to ball in damp conditions. They have inherited the same damask fragrance which they transmitted to their progeny.
Book  (1971)  Page(s) 82.  
Laffay sent out several good roses of this type from 1837 onwards, but his first great success came with the Rose de la Reine, which appeared in 1842 or 1843.  'Baronne Prevost' was sent out by Desprez at about the same time.  Both these roses were lilac-pink in colour, but in 1845 Nerard produced a crimson variety, 'Geant des Batailles'.  The parentage of these roses is not known, but each of them produced a line of self-seedlings (or  supposed self-seedlings). According to Ellwanger (1882), the first two lines were all fully perpetual, with plenty of autumn bloom, though the third were less free in this respect.  These three important varieties have been preserved in cultivation......'Rose de la Reine' (now commonly shortened to 'La Reine)....
Book  (1970)  Page(s) 95.  
Nancy Steen. In Search of a Name. When my book was ready for publication, a number of these mysteries still remained unsolved, so particular roses had to be left out.....
Mr. Vonholt, director of the Sangerhausen Gardens suggested that if I would send bud-wood of our rose to an Agricultural Research Station in England, he would do so also. They could then be grown on together.....
Word has now come to hand that our lovely rose is not 'La Reine' but so far, none of the English authorities can name it, though it has some characteristics of the 'La Reine' family.
Article (magazine)  (Dec 1951)  Page(s) 123.  Includes photo(s).
La Reine
Hybrid Perpetual
Botanical grouping: Chinensis
(synonym: 'Reine des Francais', 'Rose de la Reine')
France 1842
... silvery pink with a hint of lilac...
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