Teas & older hybrid teas


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Sadly we had a bit of a bad season with the Tea cuttings this season, and whilst   having a great strike rate, the survival rate of the new plants was disappointing   to say the least. Sorry to disappoint prospective buyers.

Archiduc Joseph (1872)

A wonderful old tea rose, does particularly well on it’s own roots. Flowers all year round with high centred buds opening to rosettes in a mixture of pink, red and cream. I have also bought this rose labelled as General Schablikine, but I think this is another case of  “tea confusion”, a big problem in the heritage rose world!!! sold out

Colonel Sharman Crawford (1933)

Lovely crimson red bush, hardy and prolific. Flowers semi double, loosely formed. Available now

Dainty Bess (1925)

Hybrid Tea. Exceptionally beautiful salmon pink large single flowers. Hard to walk past, she’s a show stopper. sold out

Dean Hole (or not)

This is almost definitely a case of a mis labelled rose, but as it was sold for some years by a large commercial nursery as such, and as no-one seems to know what it really is, we continue to call it what it’s label said! Dean is quite a typical tea, growing into a wide relatively low bush. Very floriferous. The flowers are most often dark apricot in the centre, paling to cream on the edges, but at times is quite pink! Whatever it is, it is lovely. Sold out

Grass Roots Roses - Duchesse de BrabantDuchesse de Brabant (1857)

Simply the best. A tidy, moderate shrub (1.5m) that flowers nearly all year round once established. Cup shaped double flowers in light pink. Delicate but very sweet scent. Like most Teas, she loves the Northern climate and doesn’t need any coddling to look fabulous.  Available now

She also has a white sport, known as “White Duchesse de Brabant”. Pretty much identical but for a paler flower. available now

Francis Dubreuil (1894)

This is one of my absolute favourites. Such a well behaved smallish tidy bush, nearly always has at least one beautiful crimson bloom on offer to sink your nose into! small plants available now

Francesca Kruger (1873)

A another lovely blended tea in soft yellow/apricot/pink. High centred and highly scented. available now

General Gallieni.

Old tea, mostly red flowers with what I describe as “spasticated” form! Very hardy once established and wil eventually make a wide “tree”.  not available this season

La France (1867)

Heralded as the first ever Hybrid Tea, but it looks more like a Tea to me. However, ours is not to reason why…which makes this rose of extreme historical importance in the rose world. It is a slightly gawky grower, but produces loads of graceful silvery pink flowers all season. sold out

Lady Mary Fitzwilliam (1880)

Soft pink fragrant flowers, one of the very first hybrid teas.(flowers and growth more like it’s hybrid perpetual parent) Vigorous. sold out

Lady Hillingdon (1910)

 

Mme Antoine Mari (1901)

This rose does not appear to be nearly as popular as many of the other teas available and it’s beyond me why not. As far as I’m concerned she is a paragon in every way and my personal favourite of all the teas. She’s not going to grow into a huge tree like some of the others, but she makes an elegant bush of 1-1.2m on which to display her almost non stop production of elegant flowers in shades of pink and cream. Quite slow on her own roots, but will steadily increase. I’m thinking maybe she’s not cool because she’s a 20th century rose!!!  available now

Maman Cochet (1892)

Big creamy pink to carmine blooms. Great perfume. Can ball. available now

Mme Berkley (1898)

Less well known than some of the teas, but an excellent plant for the North and grows quickly into a good sized bush on its own roots. The flowers are sweet scented and the typical tea mixture of pink/apricot/cream in quite delicate shades. Very floriforous. available now

Mme Falcot (1839)

An old battler amongst the roses, Mme Falcot is a lot less showy than many of the other teas, but more showy than it’s seed parent, Safrano. She makes a sturdy, wide shrub , with the trade mark plum coloured leaves and apricot/ yellow flowers of fairly loose form. Sold out

Mme Gregoire StachelinMme Gregoire Stachelin (1927) Climber

Old hybrid tea. Mme Gregoire makes a huge statement in late spring, with her abundance of wavy pink petalled flowers. They cut for the vase beautifully and have an unusual and delicious fragrance.sold out

Mrs Herbert Stevens,Climbing (1922)

This is a wonderful old rose, classified as a Hybrid Tea, but like so many of the older varieties, she has thrown much more to the tea side of her ancestry. She especially shows her tea tendencies by her willingness to flower all through winter, when her delicate pure white scrolled flowers with a lovely scent are even more treasured. The plant itself is anything but delicate…she is a vigorous and tough old lady! sold out

Miss Ellen Wilmott (1935)

A very vigorous daughter of Dainty Bess, the flowers are not quite as beautiful, but the plant makes up for it with her vigour and high health. She grows quite upright to about 1.5 m or more and is generous with her basal shoots. I have also found this rose does well in some shade which can be a useful attribute. available now

“Mum’s Old Red”

One of our mystery roses we’ve been growing for many years, an expert is yet to recognise and name it for me, so Mum’s old Red it remains. Large leathery hybrid tea type leaves, but quite full flattish flowers. Very reliable flowerer. Sold out this season

Restless (1938)

An old Alistair Clarke rose from Australia, this rose is classified as a Hybrid Tea, but looks and acts more like a Tea rose to me. It grows into a “tree”, revels in the heat , and flowers all winter. The flowers have some of the classic red rose scent, though only loosely semi double. Similar colour to Blackboy, another Clarke creation. sold out

Souvenir d’un Ami

Tea Rose with non stop production of mixed pink flowers. sold out

Squatter’s Dream (1923)

Bred by Australian rosarian, Alistair Clarke, this lovely rose is a cross from r.gigantea the “original” wild tea rose. It is not a giant though, a medium sized shrub with the lovely red stems and leaves that set off the apricot flowers well. sold out

W.R.Smith (1908)

sold out

White Wings(1947)

Surely one of the most aptly named roses in the garden, this beauteous girl always makes a statement with her huge and yet delicate looking wavy pristine petals and glorious red and gold stamens. The bush itself is rather prone to becoming a one arm wonder, but is always healthy and enduring. I bit the bullet this season and “stumped”my bush in August and it has resulted in a lovely branched shrub again. Not sure how long this will last though…Available now

Triomphe de Luxemburg (1835)

Totally over the top, full creamy pink flowers in spring and autumn. Once established, is free flowering and very tough. One of the fancier teas but very easy in the Auckland climate. available now