Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 6 - 9
Height & Width:
4 ft x 2 ft
Of this rose the secretary of Britain's RNRS wrote "It would be impossible to find a more unsatisfactory grower" Most of today's HT's probably have Lady Mary Fitzwilliam as an ancestor. One wonders to what extent this explains why so much work this century has been dedicated to breeding vigor back into hybrid tea roses.
We note that for some a long time the rose was out of commerce. Then, according to Sandy McLean at HMF
someone introduced a pink hybrid tea rose as Lady Mary Fitzwilliam. Subsequent work by Beales evidently revealed that the first re-introduction was actually Mrs Wakefield Christie-Miller a rose with big, sumptuous, globular flowers whose petals have a darker reverse, and not nearly so much of the tea rose pointing and scrolling as LMF. The real one was later re-introduced. As a consequence of this mix-up, however, most of the roses in public gardens across the world labelled Lady Mary Fitzwilliam are actually Mrs. Wakefield Christie-Miller.
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