Baty's Pink Pillar, What Might It Be?
I have a plant of Baty's Pink Pillar that I got from the Antique Rose Emporium in Texas around 1995 or so. It is one of my favorite roses and quite, quite beautiful IMHO. I'm very curious about it's real identity.
This year for the first time in many I was ordering roses again and called ARE to get more from them (what a great place!) and asked about Baty's Pink Pillar. They said they longer carried it, and hadn't determined its real name. Darn!
Now to the BPP itself. From the ARE catalog of 1995 it was in the found roses section and described as repeating, light pink, fragrant, and growing 7 to 8 feet tall. My BPP blooms in flushes, in big sprays (individual flowers are about 3 to 3 1/2 inches across), have only a light, elusive but sweet scent, and are light pink (hint of lilac tone no yellow) and packed with petals. Has thorns but not very many. Leaves are sort of light green, and new growth is always green, never with even a hint of red or purple. My plant is very healthy and has never been sprayed with anything. I have never seen any mildew, rust, or blackspot on any leaves. It is shade tolerant.
For me in California, BPP has been a very vigorous climber (but not as rampant/spreading in habit as a climbing Cecile Brunner). It is now more than 20 feet tall and growing into 2 trees! When I got it from ARE I transferred it into a bigger pot and placed it in the shrubbery while deciding where to plant it. BPP rooted right out the bottom of the pot and anchored itself it place, and also exploded out the side of the pot! It was so happy and so beautiful I decided to leave it where it was.;) It has suckered a little bit too (but nothing like a gallica).
Does it look familiar to anyone? Any guesses as to what it might be? I think it is a beautiful rose and would love to find out more about it.
Here is a link that might be useful: Baty's Pink Pillar on Help Me Find