The American Rose Magazine 1(7): 13 (Jan-Feb 1934)
Father Schoener's Roses
Maud Chegwidden, Utah.

I should like to give a little boost to some of the roses originated by Father George M. A. Schoener, of Santa Barbara, California. This spring I purchased a number of his roses, some of them named, but more of them merely numbered. All have pleased me. Some seedling climbers have not yet shown flowers, of course, so judgment on them must be reserved.

Dakota is one of the Padre's roses which I love. It should be classed among the shrub roses, I believe. Its foliage is delicately lacy, with many leaflets to each leaf, bright green, with green stems. The flowers come in clusters of twenty or more, single, and pure white, with a central boss of golden stamens giving a most fairylike effect to the mass. Each flower is more than an inch in diameter. But what I love most of all in Dakota is its unusual fragrance—not like a rose, but like a whole old-fashioned garden, new-mown hay, and sunshine-after-rain in England! Later, red fruits appear. Dakota had one fine burst of bloom in late June, then a few scattered clusters afterward. It may even do better next year.

Then Charmer must be mentioned. This was probably the most lusty grower in my garden this year, none of the Hybrid Perpetuals making a greater growth. Strong reddish stems, mighty thorns (which aren't half so mean as the little thorns), healthy-looking, shining foliage—and the blooms! So many blooms on one bush seemed incredible. They were very double, with thick, waxy petals, and of a shade of flesh-pink which I find very satisfying. Flowers, too, are very large.

Lady Derby is another of Father Schoener's originations, with pale pink flowers of fine substance. Several of his numbered seedlings had similar blooms, scarcely enough difference to be considered as new ones.

While I am on the subject, I wonder how many members of the American Rose Society grow Penelope, a Hybrid Musk which is a charmer if ever there was one. This would make a fine rose-hedge, and I am going to use it for that purpose next spring in my new rose-garden which is entirely for old and tried varieties.

Penelope has flowers in clusters, each about 2 inches in diameter, a pink rather difficult to describe—something of a strawberry tone in it, although it is not a deep pink. The stems are almost thornless, the foliage small but beautiful, the fragrance delicious, and it blooms all summer, right up to hard frost. I adore Penelope!

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