46: 29 (Apr 19, 1924)
HYBRID MUSK ROSES
The Rev. J. H. Pemberton, noted and highly esteemed in Rose circles, needs no introduction to readers of GARDEN LIFE, for he has frequently contributed to these pages in the past. Although he has raised many good Hybrid Teas, it is with the Hybrid Musks that he has made fame.
Mr. Pemberton's desire was to obtain a race of cluster Roses that were perpetual-flowering, and the results of his careful hybridising brought him a new type that embodied these requirements, but with the further attribute of musk perfume. All the varieties are strongly fragrant, the variety Pax especially so.
Mr. Pemberton tells me that the Hybrid Musk in his locality will, if no severe frosts intervene, provide December Roses, and he says that they usually have blooms of Pax, Moonlight, and Prosperity in the church on Christmas Day.
The outstanding Hybrid Musks raised by him are Pax, Moonlight, Prosperity, Kathleen, Vanity, and the new Nur Mahal (The Fairy of the Palace).
Penelope is a new variety that will be distributed in the autumn of this year. The colour is shell pink, and the musk perfume is very powerful. It gives large sprays, and flowers from June to November. It was shown several times last season, and a large vase of it, exhibited at the R.H.S. Hall on October 30th, attracted many visitors, who were enthusiastic about it, so that this new-comer should be very welcome.
CHARACTERISTICS OF HYBRID MUSKS
They are all of shrub habit, and are at their best in autumn. They attain a height of from four to six feet, and all the varieties send up strong flowering basal shoots. They are thus very suitable for dwarf hedges, and are better suited for this purpose than the Penzance Briars, which are more cumbersome, and require more tying and attention to keep within bounds.
They also retain their foliage well into the winter, and for this reason are very decorative. Some of the varieties make fine individual plants when given plenty of room, and allowed to grow freely. There are also some kinds, such as the variety Sammy, that may be planted in clumps to fill a small bed, using four or more, according to space. Pax can also be treated in this way.
The rich, dark-coloured wood, as well as the deep green foliage of most of the varieties, adds to the decorative value, and as the trusses of bloom are invariably carried erect it can easily be understood how effective the trees look in the garden when they are in full bloom. Mr. Pemberton has chosen very appropriate names for most of the varieties. Moonlight gives the idea of light clusters of pale-coloured blooms, and the delicate beauty of Pax can be conjured up in the aptly chosen name. Vanity has a rosy pink hue, but when Nature brings out her "vanity bag" the colours are more genuine and lasting.