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MYSTERY ROSES OF BERMUDA on show at Barngrove

All of the following roses can be seen growing in a raised bed, devoted entirely to Mystery Roses, where we have a collection of 30 Mysteries. This forms part of our collection of over 150 rose bush's growing in our gardens. If you are ever in Bermuda please come by and visit the Barngrove rose gardens.

Part of the descriptions below are taken from the The Bermuda Rose Society book  "Roses in Bermuda" shortly to be re-published and most of the photos are by me. 

Emmie Gray

At one time thought to be 'Sanguinea' or 'Miss Lowe's Variety,' this rose though obviously a China, has been moved to the "Mystery" class. Emmie Gray, from whose garden it came, was a teacher at the Bermuda High School for Girls for more than 30 years. Vigorous & upright in habit, the bush can grow to 8' tall. The slender dark leaves are very finely serrated and stems are delicate. Pink buds with foliated sepals open to single 1 1/2" bright pink flowers with a darker colour towards the prominent yellow stamens. As the flowers age, the colour deepens to a rich crimson. Always in bloom the flower closes at night. 'Emmie Gray' produces lovely oval hips.







Portugese Rambler

This vigorous rambler has been suggested by some to be 'Dorothy Perkins.' It is a lovely site when in full bloom along side a fence or wall, where it can grow to 8' high. Leaves are small, dark green and very glossy with seven to nine leaflets.The blooms are borne in large clusters of small 1" flowers, pom-pom shaped. Petals are a bright, almost shocking pink, with a silvery reverse. This rose blooms once a year usually in April or May, although some blooms may be seen earlier in the year.









This rose is so named because of its frilly - edged petals The bush is upright, reaching a height of 5' with medium green foliage having 5 to 7 leaflets. The 2 1/2" flowers are bourne singly or in sprays, a very prounced shade of deep pink tinting to lilac and fading with age. Scented it blooms all year. Foliated sepals.


Bessie's Rose


This yellow Hybrid Tea came to Bermuda in a bouquet of roses from un-named, unregistered Hybrid Tea seedlings at the Rose Test Gardens of the New York Botanic Garden. Considered unsuccessful, these seedlings were destroyed. The bouquet had been presented to Miss Bessie Ramsbottom during a visit to the Test Gardens. One rose was propergated by her nephew, Basil Hall, and has adapted fairly well to Bermuda conditions. It grows into a sturdy bush 5' tall. Leaves are dark green and glossy. New growth is red. The blooms open from pointed buds and are a delicate clear yellow colour. Sets large round orange hips. This rose was named "Bessie's Rose on the occasion of her 100th birthday in 1994. 






Miss Atwood

This rose was first noticed in Miss Grace Atwood's garden on Serpentine Rd by Jessica Cox in the 1960's. Slips were taken by Jessica, Mrs, Dora Smith (BRS President 1966-69) and Lorna Mercer (BRS President 1979-81). The orginal bush was lost due to road widening. "Miss Atwood" grows into a 4' to 6'high bush. The leaves are a very fresh light green & semi-glossy. The buds are long & pointed, showing a light apricot colour. They open into semi-double, slightly loose 2 1/2" to 3" blooms of an exquisite light to medium apricot, tinged with lemony yellow. This nearly thornless rose blooms throughtout the year and has a light tea fragrance.



 Talbot Rose

This climber was known to be growing and blooming at Craigside on Laffen St, Hamilton in the early 1900's as well as Endsmeet on Middle Rd, Devonshire, where it was known as the "Hill Rose". In 1969, Mr Charles H.V. Talbot took a cutting and slipped the rose in readiness for the move to his new home in Southampton. It now climbs profusely there as well as Barngrove on Tee Street in Devonshire. As it is difficult to propagate few people have it growing. Several overseas rosarians have been unable to identify it. The leaves are small, a dullish blue green colour. They are velvety and composed of 5 to 7 leaflets. They grow on very short stems which spring from the long main canes. The "Talbot Rose" blooms in May & June and has clusters of small 1" double bright pink flowers which fade to a paler pink. The chief characteristic is the green eye. prickles are slightly curved, long & sharp  


Thought to be 'Hume's Blush Tea-scented China', this rose has been growing in Bermuda for many years and because of delightful scent was always known as the Spice Rose also R. odorata an important ancestor of all the Tea roses. It is a small compact bush, slow growing to a height of 4'. The foliage is medium green; the buds are a deep pink, pointed, opening, to slightly cupped, loose flowers of a delicate pink, fading almost to white, about 2 to 3" across. It was one of the roses given to Empress Josephine in 1810 by special arrangement between the warring french and English goverments. It is illustrated by Redoute in 1817.