Marie van Houtte (Tea) [Mme. de Tartas x Mme. Falcot]

July 25, 2009 - SJH

March 16, 2007 - SJH

March 16, 2007 - SJH

Oct 11, 2003 - SJH

Oct 11, 2003 - SJH

The Garden, October 22, 1892
This is one of those Roses that everyone must grow and that nobody can ever fail to admire. Exquisite in form and colour, vigorous in growth hardly less free flowering than the common China, this Rose is invaluable to every rosarian. For exhibition for button holes for bouquets, for general cut flower purposes, or for making a display in the garden it is alike admirable, and the plant thrives well whether grown on dwarf Brier stocks in the open as a climber on a wall or as a standard. The so called Rosa Polyantha, which in reality is nothing more nor less than Rosa multiflora, also makes an excellent stock for Marie van Houtte, which grows and flourishes upon it especially well in very light and sandy soils. Marie van Houtte was the first Tea scented Rose sent out by the late M. Ducher of Lyons, having been first distributed in 1871, and as is so often the case has not yet been surpassed by any subsequent productions of the firm, although these have included such beautiful varieties as Amazone, Anna Olivier, and Bouquet d'Or (all sent out in 1872), Jean Ducher (1874), and Innocente Pirola (1878). Considering the length of time that Marie van Houtte has been in general cultivation, it is, perhaps, surprising that there should not have been raised more varieties following it in habit and character. The colouring of the flowers is so exquisite in its combination of lemon, yellow, and peach, and the beauty of the plant itself is such, that it would have been thought probable that raisers would have made every effort to obtain from it other varieties of similar habit and with distinctly-margined flowers of different shades; but whether the attempt has been made or not there has not yet been raised any Tea scented Rose with distinctly-margined flowers whose sum of qualities at all approaches that of the best all the Maries, so in the meanwhile her admirers will continue to worship at the shrine of Marie van Houtte.—G