Devoniensis (Tea) [Yellow China x Smith's Yellow Noisette] Notice how the flowers open pink, fade to white, then deepen to yellow as the petals wilt.
Beauties of Roses xxi-xxii - (1850-1853) 1980
The fortunate raiser of this Rose was the late George Foster, Esq., of Oatland, near Devonport, whose brother Edward W. Foster has kindly favored us with the following informations as to its parentage, &c. "The Devoniensis was raised by my brother, a genuine lover of horticulture and a true florist. His opinion was that it was produced from the Yellow China by an impregnation of the Yellow Noisette Smithii which was growing alongside it, as he was in the constant habit of impregnating his roses. One of some seeds saved at the same time produced a rose much like the Yellow Noisette, but greatly inferior to Devoniensis; it flowered the first year from the seed bed, but was small and weak, and the second year on being budded on a strong stock, it grew to a very fine flower."
"In the following year Mr. Pince, of the Firm of Lucombe, Pince, & Co., of Exeter,offered my brother twenty guineas for it, and it then passed into their hands; it is perfectly hardy but requires a rich strong soil."
Those eminent horticulturists (Messrs. Lucombe & Co.,) state that Mr. Foster thought very highly of some other seedlings that were raised with Devoniensis, but after growing them with every care and comparing them with it, they (Messrs. Lucombe & Co.,) found them too inferior to send out, which shows the lottery attendant on raising seedlings. Devoniensis, however, exhibiting the brilliant prize that may sometimes be realized.
Gardeners Chronicle, 17(431): 398 (March 30, 1895)
ORIGIN OF TEA ROSE DEVONIENSIS—For the information of "Wild Rose" anent the origin of the Tea Rose Devoniensis, it may be stated that this variety was raised in 1838, and sent out about the year 1840 (as well as I can recollect) by Messrs. Lucombe & Pince of Exeter, who purchased the stock from the raiser of the variety, a Mr. Foster of Stoke, Devonport, a retired official of the Plymouth Gas Company, after it had been refused at the price of £20 by Mr. Wm. Kendle, senior, of Plymouth. The parent of the Devoniensis was Smith's Yellow Noisette.—H. M.
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