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.

Gardeners' Chronicle & New Horticulturist, 15: 170 (Mar 17, 1855)
New Roses (Adv.)
BENJAMIN R. CANT begs to offer strong Dwarf Plants, in pots, of the following NEW ROSES:—
Nois. Augusta
St. John's Street Nursery, Colchester

L'Illustration horticole vol. 9 1862
Planche 334


Cette rose, remarquable par les dimensions, la plénitude, la belle forme et le coloris, jaime soufre, légèrement orangé au centre, a été mise récemment dans le commerce, par M. Benjamin R. Cant, à Colchester (Angleterre); et le dessin, qui en est annexé ci-contre, est la reproduction de celui, fidèle, nous n'en doutons pas, qu a publié cet horticulteur.

Le feuillage, comme nous l'avons expérimenté, exprime, quand on le froisse entre les doigts, une bonne odeur de rose, toute particulière; et chose à noter, les tiges et les rameaux sont, il est vrai, dépourvus d'aiguillons; mais comme

II n'est point de Roses sans epines!

celles-ci se sont-elles réfugiées, fines, acérées, récurves, sous les pétioles et les rhachis foliaires.

L'établissement Verschaffelt s'est empressé de souscrire, pour un bon nombre d'exemplaires de ladite rose, qu'il tient dès ce moment à la disposition des amateurs, en beaux et bons individus, cultivés en pot.

A I'occasion de la magnifique Rose (thé) Président (Te VII, PI. 275), nous avons dit et vanté l'attrait spécial, I'odeur si fine, si delicate et si suave à la fois, que présentent les Roses de cette section; celle dont il s'agit ici, ne saurait faire défaut sous ces rapports, et contribuera, pour une bonne quote-part, à l'ornementation d'une Roseraie, soit aussi qu'on la cultive isolément franche de pied ou greffée sur églantier.

Ch. Lem.

Lemaire's comment, "The foliage, as we have experienced, expresses, when it is crumpled between the fingers, a good smell of rose, very particular", should help distinguish this variety from other yellow Tea-Noisettes.

Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener and Country Gentleman n.s. 3: 288-289 (15 Jul 1862)
Donald Beaton

Mr. Cant must have made a good harvest of the Tea Rose, which was long lost, and for which we of the Floral Committee could not supply the proper name, so he named it himself, The Foundling, "l'Enfant Trouvé," and his lucky neighbour, J. T. Hedge, Esq., who swept the rosy race all round the course, did good justice to the darling restored. He had a large bunch of it with full-open, half-open, and not-open flowers, in his 36-kinds collection, and just opening in the 24-kind collection, and I would push the harvest home to all the mothers in England, alongside of the tea-caddy, for it is just as sweet, and it has the cream in itself. What more could they want, except, perhaps, to know that Mr. Cant has fish to his Tea Roses, and feeds the rest of his Roses on sprats? One of the Judges told me so, and told me, also, that he, the said Judge, feeds his own Roses on star fish, and it is a hundred to one if Mr. Hedge does not give sprats, star fish, and sturgeon to his Roses, and that may be how he gets off with all the prizes ; and if you had seen his Baronne Prevost, his Adam, his magnificent Laelia, his La Fontaine, his Charles Lawson, his Gloire de Dijon, and his Louise Darzins, the newest and the whitest of all the Perpetuals, the chances are that you, too, would put fish for Roses, and so would I — but I would mix them with four times their bulk of this cocoa stuff, fresh from the mill, and put in mulching, to bring up the roots into a natural hotbed, moist as Melons, quite near to the surface. But never would I give a morsel of fish to a Rose stock, Dog or Manetti.

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