'Ellen Tofflemire', by Paul Barden, 2002 (official release date)
This is a Gallica hybrid that has become one of my favorite roses in my collection. 'Ellen Tofflemire' is available in limited quantities through The Uncommon Rose now.
is my favorite Gallica from my own breeding program so far. It is the
result of a cross of 'Tuscany Superb'
X 'Othello'. (I'm not certain
about that, because some tags got mixed up that spring!) The bloom you
see here is approximately 3.5 to 4 inches across, and the color is reasonably
accurate. (It will vary depending on screen calibration)
It is now getting to be a large plant, and it is showing very typical Gallica chracterictics: it is forming a thicket type structure by suckering, is remaining below 3 feet in height, (so far) and is quite sturdy and upright.
As you can see, the bud opens a rich crimson color with perfect quartered form. It quickly unfolds into a flat, crimson and purple quartered bloom. As it ages, the color softens to purple and greyish mauve, and reflexes to a flat form. The color varies greatly depending on weather conditions. There is a typical Gallica scent, but like its parent, it is mild. Isn't that color wonderful?! Thats what Gallicas are all about! It produced only 5 blooms in its first year, but by its third year, it was producing clusters of 5 to 7 blooms on a stem, with a total of well over 150 blooms on the shrub! As it happens, in 2001, it was the first Gallica to begin blooming, and it was the last one to finish, a trait that should make it well worth having in any clooection of European type roses.
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