'Gracilis' rose References
Book (2000) Page(s) 74.
Gracilis from Mr. Shailer
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 545.
Shailer's Provence Centifolia, lilac-pink, base white, ('Gracilis'); Shailer; Prior to 1799. Description.
Book (1954) Page(s) 110.
'Shailer's Provence' - R. centifolia x R. Lheritieranea hybrid that is found in many old gardens. The anemone-like blossoms are borne 2 or 3 together; they have fewer petals than the type and are lilac-pink in color.
'Gracilis' - A dwarf form of 'Shailer's Provence'.
Book (1942) Page(s) 50.
'Shailer's Provence' with its cupped, anemone-like flowers of a charming pink with strong lilac tones, is another rose of strong individuality; it is one of the old fragrant pink Cabbage roses, yet quite distinct in form and habit, a rose to win your heart.
p5. Foreword by Leonie Bell. ....What many before me called 'Shailer's Provence', I did not acknowledge until Mrs. Keays' description clinched the realization that mine was hers. Our 'La Reine' lost for 80 years to rose nurseries, is beyond question hers.
p44 'La Reine de Provence' really deserves to be the Queen of this division. 'La Reine', if we are right in so naming her, is of a pale lilac-rose color, with petals trimly, even and fine. The bloom is full, globular, large and strong on its stem. Even the foliage has greater refinement with finer dentations. We found this rose in an old garden in Annapolis.
p47 ‘Shailer's Provence’ is a rose to cherish. It differs from all the above, which are Cabbage roses, in having a bloom which is cupped in the form of the anemone. The bush is as hardy as the old red Gallica, making a growth of from four to five feet, branching and suckering. Its strong stalk has gray-green bark with very few graygreen or brown prickles, rather straight and sharp and down-slanting. The five leaflets are small, oval, with a medium point and some double serrations mixed with single, and a few prickles on the petiole, evidences that the rose is a hybrid. Its full flower is a lilac-pink with white shanks to the petals, the bud being a vinous pink. Outside petals are cordate; the inner ones roll and wrinkle and fill the cup, concealing a small ring of stamens and a rather high pistil. The calyx is round and glandular, with pinnules on three sepals and none on two. Fragrance has the Centifolia character. Sometimes the blooms come singly, often in three's. Blooms break from almost every leaf-bud down the long shoots, making the second year of this bush very showy, a thing we had not anticipated as the growth of the rose on the place from which we got it is cut every year with the hay. So curiously different is this rose from pink Cabbage that we probably would never have identified it without the illustration in Miss Lawrance's book, although Shailer's is described in many lists. One gets little help from such descriptions as this, "A curious hybrid differing from the Provence rose generally." Shailer's Provence grows in several old gardens in Calvert County, even running wild, and holding its own with the tenacity of the old red Gallica.
p142 The Boursault Rose is called from its habitat, Rosa Alpina, and when once established in congenial site and soil, has an agility in climbing which entitles to membership in the Alpine Club. …. and the habit of growth is anything but graceful, ‘Gracilis’ itself forming no exception. They may be trained both to climb and droop.
p155 Weeping Rose trees which, properly trained, are very beautiful. Buds of .... and 'Gracilis' should be inserted, in three or four laterals, at the top of such standards as have been selected for their health as well as their height.
p291 ‘Gracilis’ Bright pink. Good climber.
Magazine (1853) Page(s) 95.
...The Shailer's Provins, or Rosa gracilis, so named by Messrs. Lee, was raised from the seeds of the Spineless or Virgin's Rose, sown by myself in 1799, and flowered in 1802; we raised numerous varieties from seed up to 1816, generally selling them to Messrs. Lee, who sent them out under their own naming. I can vouch for the truth of the above. —H. Shailer, in Gardeners' Record
Magazine (1851) Page(s) 188-189.
In "The Origin of Several Varieties of Moss Roses," by Mr. H. Shailer, Chapel Nursery, Battersea Fields, London: The Shailer's Provence, or Rosa gracilis, so named by Messrs. Lee, was raised from seeds of the Spineless or Virgin's Rose, sown by myself in 1799, and flowered in 1802. We raised numerous varieties from seed up to 1816, and generally sold them to Messrs. Lee, who sent them out under their own naming.
Book (1848) Page(s) 28.
The Provence Rose.
35. Gracilis, or Shailers (hybrid); flowers pale rosy pink, their circumference lilac blush, of medium size, full; form, compact. Habit, branching; growth, small. A curious hybrid, differing from the Provence Rose generally.
Book (1846) Page(s) 213.
Hybrid Provence Rose -
Gracilis, or Shailer's Provence, is a very old and delicate-growing rose, unlike most other varieties of this family in its habit, as it seems to be between the Boursault and the Provence Rose.