'Hector Deane' rose References
Magazine (2020) Page(s) Vol 42, No. 4.
p11. Pat Toolan. Perfumed Roses.
Hector Deane (Sam McGredy, 1938). A recent acquisition but with its strong, fruity, old rose fragrance it is a new favourite. It is one of those great HTs that hides its legs, which helps it to survive our summers. Double loose salmon-orange flowers from pointed buds.
p29. Billy West. Some Favourite Fragrant Roses.
The standout rose for fragrance in our garden of fragrant roses is the Hybrid Tea Hector Deane, bred by Sam McGredy III in the early 1930s. It fills the air with its perfume, is irresistible to the bees and one bloom will perfume a room. There is something pure and perfect about the fragrance of this rose - strong but never cloying.
Article (newspaper) (Jun 2012) Page(s) 2. Includes photo(s).
Patricia Routley: My first plant of Hector Deane was struck from the one at Graeme MacArthur’s garage and shop at Balingup in 2000. Mrs. MacArthur used to place a big vase of the long-stemmed blooms on the shop counter and those unnamed blooms would be well remembered in Balingup. After I had sent a struck plant up to Donna Broun in Perth, an elderly lady visited Donna’s garden and identified it for us and I was able to tell Mrs. MacArthur what her rose was. The last time I drove through Balingup, the five or six feet high rose was still there at the top of the steps. It was a lot taller than the two to three feet that the books usually say, but I don’t think Mrs. MacArthur was a pruner, thank heavens. For a few years my cutting-grown plant in The Wee Garden did well and then the rabbits developed a craving for ‘Hector Deane’ and this plant never really recovered. However, in 2004 I was able to strike a piece and planted my second bush in The Rosary, but alas in too shady a spot. Eventually learning my lesson, in 2011 I struck yet another and have put it in the fenced-off Bonbon garden in a sunny spot. I am determined to have this unforgettably fragrant and beautiful rose growing and blooming well in my garden. It was bred by Sam McGredy III sometime before 1934 when Sam died and the rose was posthumously introduced in 1938. The US. Patent was issued to Walter Johnson, uncle of Sam McGredy IV, who was managing the nursery while young Sam was growing up. It won the National Rose Society’s prize for the best-scented rose of the year. In addition it received the Royal Horticultural Society’s similar prize for fragrance and it was rare for one rose to win both. Most of its beauty, and certainly its fragrance probably came from its pollen parent, ‘Lesley Dudley’ which was equally as beautiful and had an intense fragrance. The seed parent was 'McGredy's Scarlet' and I gathered in this rose as well from Sheila Gravett in 2004. The colour is a little variable but in my garden it seems to agree with a published colour of cochineal-carmine with yellow glowing through at the base. They are vibrant and glittering colours. It is a wavy petalled informal rose of 25 petals and I think a rose of rare beauty. I simply adore it. ‘Hector Deane’ is a rose that seems to take a couple of years to hit its straps, but it is long-lived. The MacArthur’s bush at Balingup was an oldie and there is an old plant at Araluen that has been there for many years. It is sometimes found in older Perth gardens. It is an erect prickly bush, well branched with large, deep green, matte foliage. It is a great rose for cutting. ‘Hector Deane’ is no longer available in Australian nurseries and I just can’t understand how they could discard such a fine rose. The man, Hector Deane, was the surgeon who took out young Sam’s tonsils and he must have made an impression, as well as the excision.
Magazine (2009) Page(s) 13. Vol 31, No. 2.
Jacqui Davies: The Roses of Araluen. ‘Hector Deane’ and… have been flowering there for years.
Book (2006) Page(s) 200.
‘Hector Deane’. HT. Good reliable rebloom. Best fragrance. Habit: 4. McGredy, 1938. Provenance: Huntington. Wavy-petaled flowers of brilliant scarlet-coral blending to carmine and salmon, with an intensely fruity fragrance. A rare color in its day and unequalled still.
Book (Aug 2002) Page(s) 47.
Book (2001) Page(s) 49.
Hector Deane Hybrid Tea, red blend, 1938. Not rated.
(19 Oct 1996)
Hector Deane was our family surgeon. He took out my tonsils, in bed, at home, when I was circa 4 yrs old. I remember it vividly as my woolly stuffed bunny rabbit wet the bed that night, and I got blamed for it:)
Hector lived to a ripe old age, and always boasted about his rose. I didn't dare tell him he was a so-and-so for rust. He had a fantastic perfume.
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 238.
Hector Deane Hybrid Tea, flowers orange, carmine and salmon-pink, 1938, 'McGredy's Scarlet' x 'Lesley Dudley'; McGredy. Description.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 189.
Hector Deane Large-flowered hybrid tea. Parentage: 'McGredy's Scarlet' x 'Lesley Dudley'. Northern Ireland 1938. Description and cultivation... The flowers are full and high-centred in pink and orange with darker tonings...
Book (1988) Page(s) 147.
‘Hector Deane’. McGredy UK 1938. ‘McGredy’s Scarlet’ x ‘Lesley Dudley’. A fine old variety with freely produced, high centred, full flowers of orange and pink flushed and shaded deeper. Good, glossy foliage and of bushy growth. Continuous flowering, Very fragrant, Tolerant of poor soil, Bedding, pots, Availability limited, 2’ x 2’. 60 x 60cm.