'Mousseline' rose References
Magazine (2019) Page(s) 51. Vol 41, No. 1.
Margaret Furness. Tea, Noisette and China Mislabels in Australia
Roses sold here as Niphetos are mostly Mrs Herbert Stevens, though White Ensign and what I think is “Mystery Cream Tea” may also arrive with that label. “Ross Roses’ Niphetos” is being observed.
p52. Photo. Mrs.Herbert Stevens grown at Ruston’s and distributed as Niphetos in error for many years.
Website/Catalog (2017) Page(s) 62. Includes photo(s).
Niphetos Tea 1843. Once a famous greenhouse rose. Spiral buds, very fragrant. Medium.
Website/Catalog (2000) Page(s) 68.
Niphetos T. rrr / fff / 1. Bougere 1841. [Beales]
A difficult rose to grow unless you have the ideal climate; it thrives in warm, dry areas and in hot humid summer climates, only where there is minimal cold in the winter. We struggle with it because the flowers are so beautiful. Rounded blooms of lemon white with rolled and pointed petals, they are deliciously fragrant.
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 412.
Tea (OGR), white, 1843, Bougere. Bud pointed; flowers white, globular, large; very fragrant. Once a famous greenhouse rose.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 114. Includes photo(s).
Hahndorf Conference. Walter Duncan. Teas and Noisettes.
p58. 'Mrs. Herbert Stevens' (1910) is a lovely white Tea; a huge bush about two metres high. With its nodding heads, it is a graceful plant in every sense of the word. There is not much light green foliage at the base of the plant, so it is probably best kept at the back of the bed. There is also a true climbing form of this rose. As Maureen explained yesterday, it is a true climber rather than a mutated climber. it does not repeat-bloom.
Niphetos. There are two forms of this rose, a bush form which appeared in 1843 and the climbing form which was first propagated in 1889. It has charming creamy buds opening to pure white with pointed petals, which highlight a muddled centre.
p62. David Ruston: Is there any difference between Niphetos and 'Mrs Herbert Stevens'? You have got me a bit worried. I know that ‘Mrs Herbert Stevens’ is a seedling of ‘Niphetos’ and I have them together and I cannot tell the difference. I am wondering whether, when I imported ‘Niphetos’, it wasn’t ‘Mrs Herbert Stevens’ that I imported.
Walter Duncan: To be quite honest I do not know. The plants I grew years ago of ‘Mrs Herbert Stevens’ I know well. ‘Niphetos’ I don’t know well enough to define. Does anybody know the answer to that? My plants of 'Mrs Herbert Stevens' were about one and a half metres high. The wood was red. They definitely hung their head. The flowers formed in fives with very light yellow-green leaves. In general, I don’t know but it could be the case that they are still the same here.
David Ruston: I asked in France and Europe about ‘Niphetos’ and they all looked at me and said that a couple of years ago they had a very cold winter and all the plants died.
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 54.
Niphetos (Translation, 'Snowy'; synonym,'Mathilde') Tea. Bougère, 1841 (or before). [Author cites information from different sources... according to the Journal des Roses, "in essence, it is a greenhouse rose." Everblooming Roses says: "It occurred in the sixties (i.e., 1860's] that 'Niphetos' was entirely lost to culture. The most diligent search failed to recover a single 'Niphetos' rose-bush. It was universally regretted. Accidentally, a Northern tourist came across a garden of the Blue Ridge, Virginia, that had in it a rose-bush full of unmistakeable elongated, oval, snow-white 'Niphetos' buds. The prize was secured and taken to Philadelphia. 'Niphetos' was restored to its own."]
Magazine (1981) Page(s) 8. Vol 3, No. 2.
Some recent Imports from the Rosarium Sangerhausen - Teas.
In January this year a small parcel of Old Rose budwood left the deep freeze of mid-Winter in central Europe and came by air-mail to Australia. Among the rather scrappy, unpromising and half dead stems which eventually cleared the customs shed were the buds of seven Teas which it is hoped will eventually be re-released in Australia. Thanks to the skill with which the Rosarium staff selected the budwood from the semi-frozen plants, and the skill with which the shrivelled buds were grafted, the plants seem to be well on the way to becoming established in Australia.
The seven NEW varieties are:
Niphetos, Dr. Grill, Mrs. Foley Hobbs, Noella Nabonnand, Mme. Charles, Mme. de Tartas and Francis Dubreuil.
Website/Catalog (1976) Page(s) 22.
NIPHETOS (Bougère 1843). Blanc.
Book (1959) Page(s) 53. Includes photo(s).
From summer’s height I should like to go back to the April day when the picture facing page 52 was taken. This, the ‘Bridal Rose’, ‘Niphetos’, had been blooming already for some weeks in a cool enclosed veranda and though I knew only too well that I had written of it before I suddenly found a longing to do so again. Since the picture is not in colour you must guess, if you do not remember, how beautifully the grey-green reflexed calyx and soft colour of the leaves set off the fragility of the flowers; the petals are translucent and silken and the aristocratic head is richly heavy, bending down with its weight the slender stems. The ‘Bridal Rose’ is not easy to arrange; her drooping, delicate Victorian graces, to say nothing of her viciously curved thorns, militate against you. It is best to take off the thorns, certainly those at the base of the stem, before you begin. A tall vase, a chalice, or an urn will help by raising the flowers, so that the heads are properly seen.. here it is arranged with lily of the valley in two Victorian vases appropriate to its era; a narrow-necked vase to hold the higher flower stands in a milky-glass chalice. I like quite as well to use an old silver lustre vase, which, although in its pristine brilliance it may have reflected the lights of a country fair, has now by reason of age become greatly softened. When all difficulties surmounted, you get the flowers arranged to your liking, you may choose, as I do, to put them where the light from a lamp behind will so illuminate them that they become something of wraith-like beauty, a lovely apparition of more than ‘a moments ornament’. This apparition together with the hardly stated scent both ensnares and haunts the senses. This rose is, I think, something quite special and not to be compared with nor exchanged for the undoubted beauty of modern white roses. ..... Not a great many gardening books tell about this rose, so perhaps I may mention that pruning is generally done in late spring, after the flowers are over and that it pays to cut the long shoots that have borne flowers right back. The new shoots start into growth quickly and are then ripened by the late summer sun to flower the following year.