Most of you who can grow Tea Roses know, or grow, 'Catherine Mermet.'
For all her fame, I never "cottoned to" her pale color -- and she tended to mildew here.
I like much better this 1892 sport, disc. in the U.S.
The color has a lot more "bounce," which makes the bloom far more eye-catching. And, for whatever reason, 'Bridesmaid' doesn't mildew for me.
I like it A LOT.
APPARENTLY there was an earlier sport of 'Catherine Mermet,' which is described as being a red rose. 'Waban' was introduced with an immense fanfare, and fell flat on its face. Nothing I've read has actually said WHAT was wrong with 'Waban,' just that it was disappointing.
I can't help wondering, though, if 'Waban' might not have survived, SOMEWHERE, and might turn up some day, as an unidentified Found red Tea Rose.
This post was edited by jerijen on Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 14:20