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identifying old rose

Posted by blackgavotte 5aNS (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 21, 14 at 9:24

A 95 year old neighbour has the most beautiful rose, which was planted before she married over 60 years ago. It does repeat, is a true soft pink, and if memory serves me with a sort of semi-hybrid-tea form as its opening, and has a pleasant but not overwhelming scent. It withstands this maritime climate and is on its own roots. Hoping to get some suggestions. So far no websites nor pictures are much help. It would have been sold in Nova Scotia or New England perhaps, early in the 20th century. Its gorgeous, and if I knew its name it might still be available from someone. She hasn't offered that I can remove the smaller side bush its produced, and I have never had success with taking cuttings. Any help will be very appreciated.


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RE: identifying old rose

Impossible to ID a pink HT type of that era without photos....


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RE: identifying old rose

Blackgavotte - if you post a picture of it on here, you will get a lot of help identifying it.

Once you get some possible names, you can look them up on Help Me Find/Roses, which gives details and has pictures of many many old roses.

Off the top of my head, I would look up 'La France' for starters in your search.

Jackie


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yes I've already looked up La France, it looks much like that... but not sure yet. Will post pictures when it blooms, I was just hoping someone might have some ideas for me to start with. Am researching antique roses as I go along now.


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Great - when you post pictures of the flowers, make sure to also post a picture of the entire bush, the hips if you can find any, and close ups of the leaves and prickles.

Jackie


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I wonder if a local historical society might have or know how to find nursery catalogues from the early 1950s for your area? It might help to know what was being sold at that time. Do you know where she bought the rose? The nursery could still be in business, and if it is, someone there might have lists of what was sold back then.


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I contacted, in a round about way, the Victorian Gardens people in Halifax. After several emails and plenty of kindly suggestions, I've reserved a book at the library, inter-library loan, called " The Heritage Garden", written by Jo Anne Gardner, in Cape Breton ! Hoping that will be some help too. If the book is helpful and interesting, I can still find it on Amazon... Yes, if I post pictures later, I will get the whole bush too. Its tough getting information on these old timers for sure, but interesting also.. Thanks, all.
Will let you know what I come up with.


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