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"Rose de Resht" rose References
Newsletter  (May 2015)  Page(s) 24.  
[From "Suckering Roses Revisited", by Darrell g.h. Schramm, pp. 23-27]
Among the Portlands I find four roses that cautiously amble away from home—never far. These are ‘Delambre’ (1863), ‘Duchesse de Rohan’ (1847), ‘Indigo’ (1830), and ‘Rose de Rescht’ (reintroduced in 1949).
Book  (Feb 2009)  Page(s) 38(photo), 39.  Includes photo(s).
‘Rose de Rescht’: Les rosiers de Portland. Parents non connus. Obtenteur: Ce rosier aurait été ramené d’Iran ou de France en Angleterre, vers 1940, et s’est répandu à partir de là. Description.
Book  (2008)  Page(s) 69.  Includes photo(s).
Robert B. Martin Jr. Escondido, CA. Ten Roses for the Garden.
Rose de Rescht
Book  (2006)  
(no page numbers given for the online e-book)

Rosa de Rescht Recognised as a plantswoman rather than a designer, Nancy Lindsay's name occurs as many plant varieties, forming a rather intriguing selection. [...] The plant that Nancy herself claimed as her own was the Rosa de Rescht. This deep rich velvet damask rose was 'discovered' in Persia by Nancy on her plant-hunting trip in 1945. Blooming in distinct cycles, the flowers are 4-5cm across and exude an exceptionally sweet and intense damask scent. Its mystique is heightened by the mystery of its discovery and loss. A possible description of it appeared as early as 1843 in a catalogue from the firm of Rivers of London, but its identity is unsure and the name given ('Pompone perpetual') of no help. Ellen Wilmott referred to the lost Persian rose, the Gul e Reschti, in her work The Genus Rosa. By 1922 an unnamed rose of the same description was claimed to have been growing on a ranch in Idaho, but not until many years later was the claim substantiated. And so Nancy Lindsay is credited with the 'rediscovery' of this exquisite (but well-behaved) rose during her equally mysterious, undocumented plant-hunting expedition to Persia in 1945.
Book  (2003)  Page(s) 341.  Includes photo(s).
Rose de Rescht Portland. Origin France c.1840. Flower size 6cm (2.4") Scent strong and sweet. Remontant. Height 1m (3.3ft). Spread 55cm (2.5ft). Hardiness Zone 5. The true name of this popular Portland rose is lost, but it has been grown as 'Rose de Rescht' since an English nurserywoman called Nancy Lindsay re-introduced it. Lindsay claimed to have found it near Rescht in Persia, but she was notoriously untruthful, and this claim can be discounted. It is certainly not a Persian rose - more probably of French origin. Its flowers open from completely spherical buds. They are pale crimson, but slightly more purple in cool weather, with lots of neatly arranged little petals. Sometimes they have a button eye. They come in tight clusters of 3-7 on short stems and are surrounded by a ruff of leaves. 'Rose de Rescht' has the Portland habit of producing ever shorter internodes on its flowering stems, so that the whole bush apears very thick and leafy. Those leaves are pale green, with a slightly rugose surface. The plant repeats regularly, at approximately six-week intervals, provided it is deadheaded after each flush or rejuvenated by a hard annual pruning. 'Rose de Rescht' makes a neat, small, compact bush. It may suffer from a little blackspot late in the season.
Website/Catalog  (22 Dec 1998)  Page(s) 37.  Includes photo(s).
Rose de Rescht Portland Damask. Undated. Description... An ancient rose that was collected from Persia by the noted British gardener Norah Lindsay... very full rosettes of fuchsia-red that offer a rich damask fragrance...
Book  (Nov 1998)  Page(s) 23.  Includes photo(s).
Rose de Rescht In America, it's marketed as a Damask; in England, as a Portland.
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 178.  Includes photo(s).
Rose de Rescht Portland. Discovered by Nancy Lindsay. Description and cultivation... flowers: rich fuchsia-red with strong purple tints changing with age to magenta-pink... well worth a place in any garden...
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 143.  
Graham Thomas: Prior to the war Nancy Lindsay had been on a plant collecting expedition to Iran (Persia), concentrating mainly on the Caspian province to the north of the Elburz Mountains. She brought back a number of plants to Kew.... N.L. 849 Rose de Resht, which is probably an Autumn Damask or even perhaps the 'Rose du Roi' - at all events, James Russell tells me it was growing at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, before the Second World War and also in France.

P147. Miss Lindsay's catalogue was a masterpiece of embroidery and exaggeration coupled with spelling mistakes and a more unbridled use of adjectives and adverbs than it has ever been my fortune to find excelled. Here are a few examples:
Rose de Resht N.L. 849. A curious rose of a similtude to the 19th century European breed of Hybrid Perpetuals but happened on in an old Persian garden in ancient Resht and owning its origin to the tea-caravans plodding Persia-wards over the Central Asian Steppes. Sturdy yard-high bushes of a glazed lizard-green, perpetually emblazoned with full camelia-flowers of pigeons-blood ruby irised with royal purple haloed with dragon-sepals like the painted blooms on oriental faience.
Book  (1996)  Page(s) 27.  Includes photo(s).
Rose de Rescht Damask shrub... The rich magenta-pink colour, pretty form and good scent make this a particular favourite, and it is useful for those who have smaller gardens... It takes its name from a city in Persia and was brought to Europe by Nancy Lindsay in the 1940s.
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