I threatened, the other day, to show some single Hybrid Tea roses. These may seem a rather odd idea if you are only familiar with the more traditional (by today’s standards) HTs. But they are old rather than new. I have three planted in the new garden but one is not yet open so that will have to wait for another day (it has a long story associated with it).
Above is Dainty Bess. Unlike modern roses it does not have the familiar code name because it was introduced by ‘William Archer and Daughter’ in 1925 and is a hybrid of Ophelia (bred by Paul of Waltham Cross Herts), and Kitchener of Khartoum. Apart from the frilly, rich pink petals it has crimson purple stamens, which are the main point of the flower. It is beautiful in bud but just as lovely when open and, I am pleased to say that it has a good scent and the dark leaves are healthy too. I won’t say it is as disease-free as some modern roses but it is usefully healthy.
Mrs Oakley Fisher was raised by Cants in the UK in 1921 and is another good grower. The foliage is dark and the stems beetroot red. The apricot orange petals are not as frilly as Dainty Bess and the flower above is only just open – it looks better when fully expanded. Again the flowers have a good scent.
I bought my roses from Trevor White roses in the UK. They ship to Europe, including Ireland and offer a wide range of old and modern roses. This is just personal experience but my order was well packed and the plants were huge and of excellent quality.They were vastly better than others I ordered from other suppliers.
I did not get a discount nor did they know they would get a mention – I just think they deserve credit for their plants and service. trevorwhiteroses.co.uk