Comte Bobrinsky? (Bourbon) (SJH)

October 11, 2009

July 25, 2009

Supplement to The Rose Garden (1848) p. 7 by William Paul
Group 29, the "Rose de Rosomene," furnishes a remarkable Rose in "Comte Bobrinsky:" the habit is dwarf; the flowers varying much in quality and colour: opening sometimes beautifully, and almost scarlet.

Genesee Farmer 13: 255 (1852) Comte Bobrinsky — Brilliant scarlet, with a carmine shade; a striking, superb rose; dwarf habit.

La taille du rosier, sa culture, ses belles variétés (1864) p. 195 By Eugène Forney
Comte-bobrinsky. Fl. moyenne pleine, à pétales soulevés et en pointe, carmin foncé vif velouté, rose remarquable et d'une nuance particulière, très-florifère et constamment fleurie; elle fait plus d'effet franc de pied. Marest, de Paris, 1849. Convient surtout pour corbeilles faites d’une seule variété.

The Garden (July 9, 1904) p. 31
Rose Comte Bobrinsky. Mr. Field, Ashwellthorpe Gardens, near Norwich, sends flowers of this old-fashioned but beautiful Rose with the following note: "One but seldom meets with it now in gardens, and nurserymen do not catalogue it. I find it mentioned but once in 'Rivers's Rose Amateurs' Guide,' published in 1866, and there it is classed among the decorative climbing Roses. In shape the flower is not quite equal to some of our best Roses, but the colour is exquisite. With me it does best on its own roots, is perfectly hardy, and blooms from June until the end of August. All who love Roses should have at least one plant of the fine old garden variety Comte Bobrinsky." [A dark crimson fragrant Rose. Not a sort to lose sight of.—Ed.]

CybeRose note: I checked the 'Rose Amateur's Guide'. In fact, Rivers referred to "Decorated Climbing Roses", not "decorative". He and his friend Jackman the gardener had budded dark colored HPs onto canes of Sempervirens varieties to break the monotony of the pale roses. "As I approached the bridge, I felt full of interest about my buds. What a glorious sight met my eye! Amid the masses of flowers of the pale climbing roses, shone forth large clusters of the Géant, General Jacqueminot, Triomphe des Beaux Arts, Prince Noir, Comte Bobrinsky, Louise Peyronny, Colonel de Rougemont, Jules Margottin, and others; the bridge was a fairy avenue, so charming was the effect."