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'Baltimore Belle' rose References
Book  (2016)  Page(s) 24.  Includes photo(s).
Baltimore Belle  Syn.: 'Belle de Baltimore'.  Breeder: Samuel Feast, 1843, United States.  Parentage: Rosa setigera x a noisette.  Class: hybrid setigera,   This rose's delicacy mostly recalls the pollen parent.  The small to medium double flowers are very light pink, fading quickly to white. They are held in pendulous clusters, but the pedicels arch upward bringing them eye to eye with the viewer.  The mature flower form is a flattened cup with a button eye and often has a small green eye, as well, in the center.  There may be a suggestion of quartering of the petals. The flexible canes can grow from 10 to 13 feet  (3 to 4 meters).  Mine flowered sparsely until it was well established. This rose is not as hardy as other hybrid setigeras, but it has survived a 0°F cold spell in my garden. 
Article (magazine)  (Feb 2013)  Page(s) 8.  
‘Baltimore Belle’, a R. setigera crossed with a noisette, is pale pink, fading to white. Sometimes a dark petal calls attention to this very double rose with a button eye center. It does well on pillars. Depending on climate and soil, it may bloom again in autumn. This lovely old rose is widely distributed and sold. As to its name, one story claims it was named for a young girl, Hannah, who was responsible for reforming her alcoholic father and thereafter accompanied him on temperance lectures. Another claims it was named for Betsy Patterson (1785-1879), the rejected wife of Napoleon’s brother Jerome; but she was not at all fond of Baltimore. Quite likely, being a Baltimore bred rose, it was named for its own beauty.
Article (newsletter)  (Jul 2012)  Page(s) 31.  
Baltimore Belle is perhaps the most widely grown of these few survivors. It is one of the most prolific and beautiful old roses I grow. The small flowers of cupped form and palest blush colouring perfume the air with their fragrance. They appear in large clusters on a long-caned plant that is ideal for covering an arbor or fence. The old Noisette parentage is very evident in this variety, from the typical Musk Rose clustering of the small blooms, to the pale, apple-green tint to the foliage. It is the rose’s propensity to re-bloom in the autumn in climates with long growing seasons that marks it as a Noisette seedling. I have noted an odd quality about the plant itself, which is a tendency to ‘retire’ its climbing canes early in their life. Each winter about a third of the canes produced in the previous year turn black and die.
Book  (2002)  Page(s) 23.  
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Book  (2000)  Page(s) 103.  
‘Baltimore Belle’/’Belle de Baltimore’: Rosier ancien… gros bouquets de boutons ronds se muent en pompon de taille moyenne, un peu ébouriffés, formés d’une foule de pétales soyeux, blanc à peine effleuré de rose… Il éclate de santé, pourtant, avec son beau feuillage vert frais, et ses rameaux flexibles de 3 à 4m de longueur… Feast, USA, 1843.
Book  (1994)  Page(s) 56, 58.  Includes photo(s).
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Page 58: [Photo] Photographed at La Roseraie de l'Haÿ-les-Roses, Paris
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 39.  
Baltimore Belle ('Belle de Baltimore') Hybrid Setigera. Feast 1843. Parentage probably R. setigera x Noisette.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 51.  
Stephen Scaniello. The Evolution of Climbing Roses
A Climber that was derived from an unknown Noisette is Baltimore Belle bred in Baltimore, Maryland around 1837 by the Feast brothers. They were prominent horticulturists and greenhouse men who were very much involved with the Maryland Horticultural Society. They tried to breed roses from one of our native roses, the Prairie Rose. We suspect that one of the other unknown parents of 'Baltimore Belle' could be an unknown Noisette. One indication is its inflorescence, which is similar to that of an early Noisette which is similar to the inflorescence of the Musk Rose.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 85.  Includes photo(s).
A Rambler. Very hardy. Feast (USA) 1843. (Rosa setigera x a Gallica, possibly).
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 22.  
Baltimore Belle A Prairie Rose. Description... a very pale blush, almost white...
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