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'Cécile Brunner' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 160-024
most recent 17 JAN HIDE POSTS
Initial post 17 JAN by Seaside Rooftop
Just curious: does anyone know how the nickname "Maltese Rose" for Cecile Brunner came about?
I checked the references section and it seems to first appear in Peter Beales 1982, then in The Quest for the Rose 1993. So I guess this is a nickname for this rose in England, but why?
I live in Malta and have not seen this rose in any public gardens or at nurseries. I imagine it would probably be quite happy here. Perhaps English expats were growing her here at some point? Or just a commercial name to denote her heat tolerance? It would be cool to learn the backstory if anyone knows it!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 17 JAN by Lee H.
While I cannot help you make a connection with Malta, I believe I can point out an important earlier reference, which Beales, may have later used. Graham Stuart Thomas in “Shrub Roses of Today” gave ‘Fiteni’s Maltese Rose’ as a synonym for the climbing version.

Fiteni seems to be an old and venerable name in Malta, but I was unable to establish any (online) linkage with that surname and horticulture. Perhaps you’ll find something at a local library.

(Apologies for the multiple text postings)
Reply #2 of 2 posted 17 JAN by Seaside Rooftop
Thank you so much Lee!
The Fiteni name is a really great clue. I'll do some searching and ask around. If anything comes up I'll add it here, or on the climbing CB page.
Discussion id : 132-259
most recent 6 APR 22 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 APR 22
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Discussion id : 105-390
most recent 6 MAY 21 SHOW ALL
Initial post 7 SEP 17 by Give me caffeine
Nice little rose. However, it is an absolute aphid magnet and is extremely vulnerable to them.

The bush itself will endure, but the very fine pedicels can easily be sucked dry by a bunch of thirsty aphids. The result, of course, is that the buds will die before opening.

If you want this one to look good you'll need to be constantly on the lookout for aphids, and have an effective means of wiping the little mongrels out.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 7 SEP 17 by Patricia Routley
Two fingertips are good. As are the clean birdbaths.
(You had better check out 'Souvenir de St. Anne's too.)
Reply #2 of 3 posted 7 SEP 17 by Give me caffeine
Two fingertips works, but rapidly gets very tedious.

SdSA is doing fine at the moment.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 6 MAY 21 by jmile
There are several answers to this problem--The best is Ladybugs---The next is the "cleaner" birds. Both work very well.
Discussion id : 101-019
most recent 18 JUN 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 JUN 17 by Patricia Routley
1915 W. E. Lippiatt
p27. Cecile Brunner. Dwarf (Ducher 1881) Bright rose. Yellowish in centre, very sweet.
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