'Lady Hillingdon' rose References
Book (2018) Page(s) 88. Includes photo(s).
Di Durston, Western Australia. My Favourite Heritage Roses.
Article (newspaper) (Aug 2010) Page(s) 2. Includes photo(s).
Lady Hillingdon is 100 years old this year and in Renmark, South Australia, David Ruston held a tea party where they all dressed up in period dress to celebrate the centenary of this famous rose. What fun! For one day his garden was full of ladies in Edwardian teagowns with ferocious underlying corsets and gentlemen with teetering top hats. This rose was bred by Joseph Lowe and George Shawyer, in Uxbridge, a town in the London borough of Hillingdon, in 1910. It was the third of six roses they bred, and only it and ‘Mrs. George Shawyer’ 1911, are still being grown. Both roses had the creamy yellow 1887 tea ‘Mme. Hoste’ in their parentage. Actually, the rose ‘Lady Hillingdon’s mama was ‘Papa Gontier’ (Tea, 1882) and its papa was ‘Mme. Hoste’. Howzat for a reverse of the roles? The actual person Lady Alice Hillingdon was the lady who, legend has it, advised young gels, when preparing for marriage, to “lie back and think of England” and the breeders complimented their local aristocracy by naming their new rose after her. The rose ended up with 21 chromosomes and once each of them pair up, there is one chromosome left over, which mucks up the apple cart and ‘Lady Hillingdon’ is said to be infertile. Not quite true because there are three roses ‘Golden Gem’, 1916; ‘Goudvlinder’ 1926; and ‘Sandra May Williamson’ 1988 which are said to have had ‘Lady Hillingdon’ as a seed parent. I understand Lilia Weatherly in Tasmania has also had some success and one wit, Margaret Furness, has suggested a name for one of Lilia’s seedlings – Think of England. Most orange roses do not do well here. There are usually remnants of R. foetida in their blood and this was the rose with which Pernet-Ducher brought the yellow tints into roses, but unfortunately also the susceptibility to disease. They grow weakly, get black spot and die back. For me, even the yellow tea roses, which had no foetida in them, are small bushes. So when I want orange, I turn to ‘Lady Hillingdon’. This can be egg-yolk yellow (depending on what you feed your chooks), or the colour of a fully ripened apricot. It is a deep colour which is rare amongst tea roses and that, combined with the purple or plum-red new growth and stems, makes it a rose of remarkable beauty which is very easy to recognize. Only nature can combine such colours. It is paler in hot weather and has a long, pointed bud, and a sometimes-nodding bloom of not too many petals. There was a climbing form found in England in 1917. It is around but because one has to take propagating wood from an actively-growing piece of climbing stem, we usually just take what won’t damage the plant, and therefore most of our roses turn out to be the bush form. I must give my rose a champagne glassful of blood-and-bone and umpteen banana peelings every month and wish it a very happy birthday. She is the finest looking 100 year old lady I have ever seen.
Article (magazine) (2007) Page(s) 404.
Table 1. Comparison of key volatile components in representative cultivated Chinese roses and species. [adsorption volume by Solid Phase Microextraction (peak area x 10')]
Article (magazine) (2006) Page(s) 20.
...[Lady Hillingdon] has been shown to produce large amounts of DMT [3,5-dimethyoxytoluene]...analysis indicated that OOMTs [Orcinol O-methyltransferase enzymes] were localized principally in the conical cells that constitute the upper epidermis of the petal and, to a lesse extent, in the supebidermal cell layer...
Book (2 Nov 2003) Page(s) 20.
Barbara May and Jane Zammit. Rookwood Cemetery Roses.
The following roses have been identified at Rookwood, primarily in the old and Heritage listed areas Lady Hillingdon
Book (Aug 2002) Page(s) 53.
Article (magazine) (2002) Page(s) 409.
Lady Hillingdon Chromosome number 28 [Provenance: Guillot]
Book (Sep 1993) Page(s) 245. Includes photo(s).
Lady Hillingdon Tea. Lowe & Shawyer (England) 1910. Parentage: 'Papa Gontier' x 'Madame Hoste'. Description... the most popular of the Teas for its hardiness, its delicious tea fragrance, and shapely yellow flowers... the climbing form is most often seen...
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 299.
Tea (OGR), yellow blend, 1910, 'Papa Gontier' x 'Mme. Hoste'; Lowe & Shawyer. Bud long, pointed; flowers deep apricot-yellow, semi-double; fragrant; foliage bronze; bushy growth; sometimes as hardy as a Hybrid Tea.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 113. Includes photo(s).