Cardinal (HT) [(Liberty x unnamed carmine seedling) 3rd generation]

The American Florist American Florist 22: 376-377 (Mar. 26, 1904)

The seedlings of John Cook of Baltimore attracted considerable attention from the growers. His Enchantress is a beautiful shade of pink, resembling closely in shape of flower and stem one of its parents, Madame Testout. Cardinal is a good red, the flower being large and well formed with a stiff stem. A new seedling white is beautiful, being of good size and as white and perfectly formed as anything now on the market. In point of color it is in advance as it is the purest white to the very center. It is said by Mr. Cook to be a shy bloomer and does not make much wood. It is a hybrid tea. This is a great pity as it would be ideal if as free as other popular kinds.

American Florist 22: 380 (March 26, 1904)

In the opinion of many good rose judges John Cook's two new varieties, Cardinal and Enchantress, give promise of taking place among the established commercial roses for cut flower production. The rarity of American seedlings of standard merit makes Mr. Cook's services to floriculture all the more conspicuous. It is interesting to learn that each of these roses is the product of twenty years' devotion to rose hybridizing, Cardinal being the product of Liberty hybridized with an unnamed carmine seedling in the third generation, and Enchantress being a third generation seedling also, its parents being Mme. Testout and an unnamed seedling. In the case of Enchantress, its best qualifications are its beautiful clear unfading pink color and its freedom from blind wood, flowers coming from every growth. It is a steady bloomer from October till April, and the flowers shown in Philadelphia on March 23 were as good as those shown in midwinter. Cardinal is a very strong grower with a heavy flower. Mr. Cook hopes to get one yet that will be brighter in color, however. Its fragrance is very strong and sweet. It is at its best in December, January and February, but in fall and spring it is liable to give rather short stems. It has proved practically hardy in Baltimore, excelling Testout in this respect.

George Clifford Thomas The practical book of outdoor rose growing for the home garden 1914