'The Fairy' rose References
Book (2012) Page(s) 32.
Editor [?] ‘The Fairy’, described as a light pink Polyantha bred by Bentall in 1932 from ‘Paul Crampel’ x ‘Lady Gay’ in MR12. ‘Paul Crampel’ is a Polyantha, but which ‘Lady Gay’ are we talking about? There were two of them, both dated 1905, one a Hybrid Wichurana and the other as Hybrid Multiflora. Its growth is more consistent with the H. Wich . On the other hand, Polyanthas were bred from R. Polyantha, which is another name for R. multiflora, so why aren’t they also Hybrid Multifloras?
Modern Roses 5 gives the parentage as “sport of ‘Lady Godiva”, which is a pale pink sport of the once flowering rambler ‘Dorothy Perkins’. They are both H.Wich. I believe the growth is more consistent with the earlier definition, although it is dwarf and remontant. It is distinctly Wichurana in nature with its thorns and glossy foliage. For purposes of showing, it is more consistent with the Miniatures, especially since Ralph Moore used Wichurana in his early Miniatures.
Website/Catalog (2007) Page(s) 31. Includes photo(s).
Article (misc) (2005) Page(s) 110, Table 5.1.
The Fairy : diploid
Magazine (2000) Page(s) 18. Vol 94, part 1.
Peter Harkness. Favourite Roses for Hedges.
Article (magazine) (May 1999) Page(s) 38.
Companion plants for: Helichrysum peticolar 'Licorice Splash', combines cream and gray velours to hgihly elegant effect. This one looks charming lacing through the shell-pink polyantha rose 'The Fairy'...
Website/Catalog (4 Jan 1999) Page(s) 27. Includes photo(s).
Website/Catalog (31 Dec 1998) Page(s) 46. Includes photo(s).
Book (Dec 1998) Page(s) 234.
Jack Harkness used 'The Fairy' to produce a number of small, dense-growing Polyantha Roses, for example 'Fairy Crystal', 'Fairy Damsel', 'Fairy Maid', 'Fairy Like', 'Fairyland' and 'Fairy Snow'. All are excellent disease-free bushes with small, dense foliage and little trusses of pompon-shaped flowers.
Website/Catalog (23 Oct 1998) Page(s) 8. Includes photo(s).
Website/Catalog (Jun 1998) Page(s) 46. Includes photo(s).