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Mystery Roses Around the World
(2011)  Page(s) 115.  
Hillary Merrifield. Mystery Tea Roses in Australia. "Almerta Orchard Pink Tea" from South Australia appears to be the same as the "McClinton Tea" from Louisiana.
(2011)  Page(s) 106.  Includes photo(s).
Virginia Kean. The Tale of "Grandmother's Hat"......
(2011)  Page(s) 47.  Includes photo(s).
Helga Brichet. Rose Sleuths. When circumstances changed for Walter [Branchi], he sold Rose & Rose Emporium and decided to open another yet more specialized nursery close to his friends' property..... Here he also planted the "foundlings" he rescued from abandoned gardens or near country shrines along dusty roadsides.... Unable to identify them, he named them for friends "Andreola Vettori" and....

Photo [top left]: "Andreola Vettori", a shrub type Tea rose found by Walter Branchi in 1998, which blooms in flushes throughout the season.

Photo [bottom]. "Andreola Vettori", opening more fully later in the season (photos by Sergio Scuda)
(2011)  Page(s) 113.  Includes photo(s).
Hillary Merrifield. Mystery Tea Roses in Australia.
"Not Mme. Hoste" ("Hay Valley Tea", "Nantawarra Pink Tea"). This apricot to carmine tea with similarities to 'Maman Cochet' was planted in the early 1900s at Gamble Cottage, Blackwood, South Australia, and later identified and sold as the pale yellow 'Mme. Hoste', which it clearly was not. 'Auguste Comte' (1895), which has the same parentage as 'Maman Cochet' is the likely identification for this rose.
(2011)  Page(s) 91-94.  Includes photo(s).
[From "Banshee," the Rose That Still Baffles by Rev. Douglas T. Seidel]
...If you grow Old Roses where winters are colder in North America, you've probably met "Banshee" under one of its several variations and many synonyms. "Banshee" can vary in height from 3 to 8 feet. Flowers can range from a whitish blush (sometimes with deeper centers) to medium pink, semi-double to very full. Paler types are prone to "ball" in wet humid weather, and presumably this is the source of its common name....The hip in all variations of "Banshee" is very wide, thimble or acorn shaped, an important point of identification. The foliage of all "Banshees" is the same - smooth, rounded leaflets, pea green in color, turning salmon and gold in the fall. Flowering wood can be thornless, or there can be a single prickle (or even a pair of them) under each leaf. New canes, emerging from the plant's base, are moderately clothes in red prickles and bristles. Léonie Bell described the fragrance as "sweet, with perfume, as compelling as that of Rugosas or 'Quatre Saisons'; buds open to pink perfection and pour out scent."
I've encountered at least nine variations of these very hardy, generous shrubs and there must be more. "Banshee" and its kin are among the most frequently encountered Old Roses from Virginia into Canada.
..."Banshee"-type roses are definitely to be found in early nineteenth century herbarium specimens and in horticultural literature. [see text under R. rapa Bosc]....If the clues have been followed correctly, pending DNA analysis, the "Banshee" that has mystified many of us is the old R. rapa, the 'Turnip Rose', that happily persists in gardens and in the wild even when its name is confused or forgotten.
(2011)  Page(s) 114.  Includes photo(s).
p111. Photo, bush. "Almerta Mrs. Heggie's Red Tea" (photo by Margaret Furness.)

p114 Photo, bloom. Hillary Merrifield. Mystery Tea Roses in Australia.
'Papillon' as sold in Australia is probably 'Beaute Inconstante' (1892). This variably colored rose was also found in South Australia and given the study name of "Almerta Mrs. Heggie's red Tea". It has been seen in Bermuda under the name of 'Papa Gontier'.
(2011)  Page(s) 95.  Includes photo(s).
Nicole Juday. 'Bella Donna' Returns to Philadelphia's Wyck.
A very hardy damask rose was once commonly found in old cemeteries and abandoned homesteads in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. Like most old roses the blossoms open pink and are very fragrant, but this plant has characteristics that set it apart form its relatives, both close and distant. Its lax canes grow long for a Damask, and the leaves are a pea green; absent is the bluish tint normally associated with damask roses. The medium-sized flowers are so fully double that the sepals covering the bud split apart well before the flower opens. The bud itself is reminiscent of a cleaved cabbage, so packed together are the petals waiting to unfurl, the ubiquity and wide geographical range of this rose are probably due not just to its hardiness but to its tendency to sucker profusely, sending out new shoots that are easily removed to create new, shareable rose-bushes......
[Editor's Note: the earliest literature on this rose introduces it as both 'Belladonna' (Prince, 1846) and 'Bella Donna' (Rivers, 1840).
(2011)  Page(s) 76.  Includes photo(s).
Liesbeth Cooper. DNA Results on Bermuda Mystery Roses.
"Bermuda Kathleen" This rose, which is not a sport of the samples of 'Mutabilis' the lab has analyzed to date (which are all the same), is "very Chinese" in its constituents - it seems close to the wild Chinese roses that have been analyzed.

Photo "Bermuda Kathleen" by Gregg Lowery.
(2011)  Page(s) 114.  
Hillary Merrifield. Mystery Tea Roses in Australia.
'Papillon' as sold in Australia is probably 'Beaute Inconstante' (1892). This variably colored rose was also found in South Australia and given the study name of "Almerta Mrs. Heggie's red Tea". It has been seen in Bermuda under the name of 'Papa Gontier’. 
Photo, bloom
(2011)  Includes photo(s).
p72 "Priscilla's Rose" (Photo by Sally Madden).

p75. Gregg Lowery. Yet on my last visit to Bermuda I had an opportunity to observe a number of varieties that are little known and rare in commerce. Included among these are "Priscilla's Rose" and....
Most may be seen and admired in Roses in Bermuda, thanks to the Bermuda Rose Society and its courageous preservationists.
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