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The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 61.  
À longs pédoncules Moss. Robert (France) 1854. Description... a peculiarly soft tone of pink flushed with lilac...
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 79.  
'Abbotswood'. Hilling, U.K., 1954. A seedling rose which cropped up in a hedgerow in the kitchen garden at Abbotswood, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire; I subsequently named and distributed it. It is a vigorous plant, but more manageable than Rosa canina itself, and carries normal armature and light green foliage. The flowers are of true Dog Brier pink, fairly double, borne along the arching branches. Heps oval, orange-red, showy.  Sweetly scented like R. canina, and a spray cut with half-open blooms can be very charming.  6 feet by 6 feet.
From the following illustrations it is obvious that chance hybrids or forms of this type must have occurred before:
Andrews, Plate 6, Rosa canina var. flore pleno. Very similar to 'Abbotswood.
Lawrance, Plate 60, Double Dog Rose. Ditto.
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 178.  
Adam Messerich Shrub. Lambert (Germany) 1920. 'Frau Oberhofgärtner' crossed with a hybrid between a 'Louise Odier' seedling and 'Louis Philippe'. Description... warm, deep-pink... supposed to be a Bourbon, but Thomas thinks it makes more sense as a shrub...
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 28.  
Prior to 1815. An ancient variety probably hybridized with a Damask Rose. Similar to Rosa Damascena 'Petite Lisette' and 'Omar Khayyám'. The grey-green downy leaves point to the Damask group, as also the prickly shoots up to 4 feet in height. Button eye, pale pink.
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 178.  
Agnes Shrub. Saunders (Ottawa, Canada) 1922. Rosa rugosa x R. foetida 'Persiana'. Description... rich butter-yellow tinted with amber...
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 155.  
Aimée Vibert Noisette. Vibert (France) 1828. ('Bouquet de la Mariée') Description... raised from a Noisette crossed with Rosa sempervirens about the time when Noisettes were creating a stir... the most beautiful of all rose foliage... fairly full white flowers... can be late flowering because it is slightly tender, losing many of its flowering shoots in hard winters...
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 28.  
(description) Vibert, France, 1839. Open, prickly (possible centifolia parentage), GST suspects that this is probably a very old type. Cupped, nearly single flowers (crimson) with yellow stamens. (5 feet)
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 28.  
Description. A sport or the original of 'Alain Blanchard'; identical in every way except for the pattern of colour (striped instead of spotted). GST lost this variety
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 238.  
Albéric Barbier Barbier (France) 1900. Rosa wichuraiana x 'Shirley Hibberd' (a small yellow Tea Rose)... starry flowers of soft yellow expanding to creamy white... scattered late flowers until the autumn...
(Nov 1994)  Page(s) 238.  
Albertine... This is a shrubby climber or a lax bush, for while it is usually made to climb or ramble, it creates such a thicket of stems that it is far nobler when allowed to do as it likes among shrubs. Glossy leaves. Coppery pink... too well known to need description... Creating an unforgettable midsummer display...
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