'Bardou Job' rose References
Article (newspaper) (Jun 2013) Page(s) 2. Includes photo(s).
Patricia Routley: Last month I told you about ‘Gloire des Rosomanes’ 1825. This month we will take a look at its child Bardou Job. That sounds a really odd name but this 1887 rose was named after the company founded by Joseph Bardou in Perpignan, France in 1839. The “JOB” in the name is really Bardou’s initial separated by a diamond that became the trademark, and watermark, of the rice paper that the company still produces for rolling cigarettes. (Mind cut to sneaking over to the machinery shed where I had a cache of tobacco and papers when we were giving up smoking years ago. Was no use sneaking. The smell of tobacco would always give me away to the tobacco-deprived better half). ‘Gloire des Rosomanes’ 1825 was a loose and floppy rose. Its offspring, ‘Bardou Job’ produced 62 years later, is neater and more elegant. Despite being only semi-double, it is a rich rose. The colour is crimson, shaded on the upper half of the petal by velvety black. At the base of the petals is a fair ring of white that acts to show off the colour of the sexual parts – the stamen filaments are a deep, dark red and the anthers are pure gold. It is a glorious rose to peer into closely and it makes the air sweet with perfume. Despite the new red growth that can indicate tea blood, it does not bloom in winter like the teas do. The leaves are dark green and are mildew proof. Alister Clark was impressed with its beautiful foliage and in 1929 he was pleading for gardeners to grow ‘Bardou Job’ so it would not be lost. He grew it underplanted with alpine strawberries. I think that sounds so attractive but if I copied this idea here, the birds would come to feed on the strawberries, the snakes would come to feed on the birds, and I would get the creeps and I need to work around the roses in safety. It is interesting to grow the grandparent: ‘Gloire des Rosomanes’ (Bourbon) 1825 (unknown x unknown) and the parent: ‘Bardou Job’ (Bourbon) 1887 (Gloire des Rosomanes (B) 1825 x General Jacqueminot (HP) 1853) and the child: ‘Black Boy’ (Cl.HT) (Etoile de France HT 1904 x Bardou Job (B) 1887). All three roses are small climbers. During my trip to California in 2005, I noted a foundling from Alcatraz that they thought was ‘Bardou Job’. To my eyes, their foundling seemed to be ‘Black Boy’ when its petals curve inwards as though shielding its private parts. ‘Bardou Job’ does that to some extent, but perhaps is not quite so shy. It certainly has smaller and fewer thorns than its parent or child. My plant came as a cutting in 2006 via Margaret Furness in South Australia from a rose that Pat Toolan had found in Mrs. Howie’s garden. I simply love the way these old roses travel and as long as they keep travelling, they are going to be OK. Mrs. Howie had kept the name of her plant all the years and couldn’t understand why ‘Bardou Job’ had fallen off the market. When a rose is perfumed, I can’t understand it either.
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 40.
Bardou Job Bourbon, dark red, 1887, 'Gloire des Rosomanes' x 'Général Jacqueminot'; Nabonnand, G. Description.
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 95.
Bardou Job Bourbon. Nabonnand 1887. 'Gloire des Rosomanes' x 'Général Jacqueminot'... Deep scarlet shaded to yellow, reverse of petals a darker hue... centre brilliant yellow, generally bearing an excessive quantity of pollen... color, velvety scarlet on a ground of black, reverse of petals darkly velvety...
Book (1987) Page(s) 267.
...and there are two more of its [Gloire des Rosomanes] seedlings worth mention-Bardou Job, which has merit, though it is not a winter bloomer...
Book (1987) Page(s) 376.
Bardou Job (H.T).-Crimson ; vigorous ; bears large beautifully shaded flowers which are almost single. (Autumn-flowering)
Book (1976) Page(s) 17.
location 99, Bardou Job (Nabonnand 1887), cl. tea, dark red, medium-size, double, strong fragrance, tall
(24 Jul 1954) Page(s) 17.
Thornless rose is rarity now.
Rose gardens at the turn of the century always displayed a plant or two of a climbing variety called Bardou Job, which was introduced in 1887 by Nabonnand. It produced in the springtime a glorious display of semi-double blackish crimson blooms with a rich perfume. It was entirely thornless, and a beautiful acquisition in its hey-day.
Book (1940) Page(s) 16.
Bardou Job CB. (P. Nabonnand 1887.) 'Gloire des Rosomanes' seedling... crimson...
Book (1936) Page(s) 52.
Bardou Job (tea or bourbon) Nabonnand 1887; Gl. d. Rosomanes X Jacqueminot; velvety dark scarlet, base blackish, reverse dark velvety, large, 3/4-full, fine form, upright stems, continuous bloom, fragrance 7/10, growth 8/10, climbing, 1,50 m. Sangerhausen
Website/Catalog (1929) Page(s) 63.