William Allen Richardson (Noisette) [Seedling of 'Reve d'Or'] The flowers are brighter yellow than the parent, and the plant is bushier and a little shorter.
October 22, 2006 - SJH
November 23, 2003
The Garden. September 29, 1906, p. 157.
ROSE W. A. RICHARDSON.
As a bud Rose this variety is most popular of all. Perhaps it is mainly owing to its glorious colour, for the buds are not nearly so handsome as those of Gustave Regia. If we could only obtain a Rose of the form of the latter with the colour of W. A. Richardson what an acquisition it would be! Although this Rose is so much esteemed, there are many who are troubled with pale coloured, nearly white blossoms. This defect has not been explained satisfactorily. Some say it is the position, the Rose not caring for a very hot wall; but some of the most richly coloured flowers I have out were from a south wall although, for preference I should plant upon a south-west aspect. I think a good deal depends on the state of ripeness of the wood. I have noticed that blooms grown under glass upon plants that have been well ripened invariably come a rich colour. This beautiful Rose has been particularly good this autumn, and it is one of our best autumnal-blooming climbers. I should strongly recommend planters to procure the Rose upon the Briar in some form, the De la Grifferaie being most inimical to good rich colouring in this variety. A variety that has a resemblance to W. A. Richardson is Mme. Pierre Cochet; but it is to so badly addicted to mildew, and not nearly so hardy. Crepuscule is a recent novelty likely to imperil the popularity of William Allen Richardson. P.