ROSE OF THE WEEK
MME ALFRED CARRIERE Climbing Rose. 1879. 15ft plus
This beautiful old Noisette climber has been around for over 100 years and is still as popular as ever. It was actually voted the most popular white climber way back in 1908 and is still going strong. In fact the celebrated English writer and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll described this lovely rose as the best white climber of the period. It is interesting to note that Vita Sackville-West chose “Mme Alfred Carriere” as the first climbing rose to be planted in the rose garden at Sissinghurst in the 1930s and it still covers the walls of the South Cottage today. A very versatile rose it will grow on any aspect but a lot of its popularity is down to the fact that it also does well on a North wall. We are often asked to recommend a climbing rose for a North wall and this beauty is nearly always our first choice. We have had one growing up a North wall for many years and it never fails to delight. A rampant tough and reliable rose which can reach heights of 20ft or more, it produces lovely globular blooms of white, with hints of pale pink and yellow. It repeat flowers right through the summer and into the autumn. The first flush is quite spectacular with its mass of scented blooms. As with many roses the repeat blooms are not quite so prolific , but their are enough blooms to give plenty of colour to brighten up a shady North wall. Our rose is almost 40 years old now and always looks very healthy. In all that time we have not seen any black spot or mildew etc . As with all roses that are trouble free, they seem to look after themselves, and consequently tend to get a little neglected, but despite our neglect our old faithful is still a picture of health. As we have stated many times before a rose without perfume seems a little pointless, but this one excels itself. The blooms have a strong Tea like perfume which is quite delightful. When our old rose is in full flower we leave all the windows open and let the scent percolate right through the house. (Who needs air fresheners) “Mme Alfred Carriere” was bred in France in 1879 by Joseph Schwartz who was responsible for many famous roses such as “Mme Ernest Calvat” and “Roger Lambelin” to name a few. He dedicated this rose to the wife of Alfred Carriere, who was the chief editor of “Revue Horticole” a famous horticultural publication in France in the 1800s and a keen amateur rosarian.
“Mme Alfred Carriere” has been entered in the "Old Rose Hall Of Fame by the World Federation Of Rose Societies. The Old Rose Hall Of Fame recognizes roses of historical or genealogical importance, and the roses which have enjoyed continued popularity over a great many years.
Was also given the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. 1993.
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