Enfant trouvé (Tea-Noisette) [Unknown]

The Floral Magazine (1862) Plate 67.

There is not probably a class of Roses which is more admired, especially by the fairer portion of the community, than the one to which this variety belongs. Tea Roses lack the glowing colours of the Hybrid Perpetuals and Bourbons, but their continuous blooming, their delicacy of colour, and sweetness of perfume, make ample amends for this; and though their home is in the East, yet they will stand, in the southern parts of our island, very severe winters, succeeding best however when they are planted against a south wail, or taken up in the autumn to be again put out in the spring.

The history of the one now figured is peculiar. It was exhibited at one of the June meetings of the Floral Committee of the Horticultural Society by Mr. B. F. Cant, the well-known rose-grower of Colchester, as Aurora, with a statement to the following effect, which subsequent investigation proved to be correct:—That he had received it nearly eleven years ago from a clergyman in the county, into whose possession it had come from Mr. Francis, of Hertford; that it had been frequently exhibited at the Rose Shows in that county, and had always been greatly admired. It had, however, gone out of cultivation, and Mr. Cant believed that he was the only rose-grower in the kingdom who possessed it. Under these circumstances, he was prepared, if it met the approval of the Committee, to carry out his determination of again distributing it to the public. The Committee were unanimous in their opinion of its merits, it being considered a magnificent flower, and from its colour very desirable; but, inasmuch as it was not a new Rose, and they were simply constituted a tribunal to judge of new flowers and plants, they could not give it any award. They were, however, convinced that it was not Aurora; and recommended Mr. Cant, that, if sent out, it should come before the public under some other name. Its history considered, none could be more appropriate than the one it has received, for it is a veritable foundling. Mr. Cant further stated that it does well budded on the Banksia, or the common Briar; but also, as most of the same class, on its own roots. The plant from which the blooms sent had been cut, was on a Briar against a south wall.

The habit seems to approach more to the Noisettes, such as Cloth of Gold and others, the flowers standing nearly as erect above their foliage as that grand tea-scented Rose, Gloire de Dijon, and not having the failing of a great many (such as Eliza Sauvage and Madame William, to which it most nearly approaches) hanging down their heads when in bloom. The guard, or outer petals, are large, and of good substance. The shape quite globular, and the centre of the flower filled in with a large number of smaller petals. The colour is a rich light yellow, something of the same shade as the cream of rich milk, becoming dark towards the centre. It is very free in flowering, the plant from which the Rose was cut, which M. Andrews has so faithfully pourtrayed, having had between three and four dozen blooms upon it. With these distinctive characteristics, it cannot fail to be a valuable acquisition to the rose-grower and to the public in general.

Note the pair of small leaflets on the terminal leaflet. This is an unusual trait that was also seen on 'Augusta', which was in circulation at about the time Mr. Cant acquired this plant.