Tea Roses: Old Roses for Warm Gardens

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Tea roses - once almost forgotten - are now being celebrated again for their elegance and beauty, and are acclaimed as superb shrubs for warm gardens. Descended from Chinese garden hybrids introduced into Europe in the early 19th century, tea roses have long been considered in a class of their own for their exquisite colors, distinctive fragrance, fine foliage, and almost constant flushes of flowers in warmer climates. They were looked upon as almost perfect roses, but the passage of time and the vagaries of fashion saw them lose favor and all but disappear. In this book, the authors have covered the history of tea roses, their rise and fall in popularity, and the nomenclature problems that arose during their revival when interest in old roses was rekindled in the later 20th century. Full details are given of tea roses currently sold in Australia. The authors bring together their own observations and knowledge of the teas they have personally cultivated. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs and historical plates, this inviting book shares the beauty and the fascinating story of the tea roses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877058677
  • Publisher: Rosenberg, David Publishing Pty, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction In Praise of Tea Roses 8

Pt. 1 Tea Roses - Their Past, Present and Future 10

1 The Honourable Ancestors of Tea Roses: the Chinese Connection 12

2 The Changing Fortunes of Tea Roses 20

3 Tea Roses in Australia 32

4 What Makes a Rose a Tea? 50

5 Fellow Travellers and Impostors 54

6 Growing Tea Roses 60

7 Tea Rose Names 66

Pt. 2 Tea Roses in Australia A-Z 68

How to use the rose entries 70

Roses A-Z 74

Mystery Roses 198

Glossary 202


I The Colours of Tea Roses 205

II The 'What Not to Grow' List 207

III L. Arthur Wyatt's 'Lost and Found' Roses, 1969-75 208

IV Tea Roses Featured in This Book: Australian Records, 1840-2007 210

V The Tea Roses of Anlaby c. 1900 220

VI Australian-bred Tea Roses up to 1940 222

Bibliography 225

Picture Credits 231

Index 232

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