"Agnes Saffron's Early Tea" rose Description
Photo courtesy of Margaret Furness
Discovered by Rob Peace
(Australia, before 2007).
White-ish cream, centre is pale peach. Light quartering in centre.. None to mild fragrance. Average diameter 4.25". Cupped bloom form.
Found by Rob Peace in Daylesford*, Victoria who says:"you can just imagine what a wonderful country gardener a lady called Agnes Saffron must be....and she is! There was plum brandy fermenting on the end of the kitchen table on one visit I made there years ago."
The name refers to its coming into bloom early in the season rather than when it was bred.
[Note - correspondence from Rob Peace July 3, 2014 confirms Agnes Saffron's Early Tea" was found in Daylesford, and not Yea]
Similar to“Arcadia Louisiana Tea” but research is ongoing.
Some of the observations listed here have been made on one visit to one bush. Additional information will be added as it comes to hand.
Bud A very solid bud. Large, pointed, greenish cream petals tinged with carmine between opening petals.
Inflorescence Pedicel, strong, upright with a kink in some, glandular with small prickles.
Foliage Very red new growth. Large, oval, wavy, almost buckled, raised between secondary veins. Could be shiny but mildew affected. Red infusion in leaves and stem. Strong red prickles under rachis. Very long narrow stipules