Belle de Crecy, Likely by M. Hardy, France 1829.
'Belle de Crécy' is a fine member of the Gallica family. It was possibly raised by Alexandre Hardy at the Home of Madame de pompadour at Crécy, France. An entry in the 'Old Rose Adventurer' by Brent Dickerson suggests that while Monsieur Hardy was the introducer of this rose, it was in fact a Monsieur Roeser who bred it.
While likely a China-Gallica hybrid, 'Belle de Crécy' is fairly typical of a Gallica, forming a somewhat floppy, arching shrub of about 4 feet tall, and it has small reddish prickles on the canes rather than true thorns.
The bloom opens a cool mid-pink, and changes to violet as it ages, with the outermost petals becoming almost grey-blue. It is a very attractive combination! The fragrance is one of the most refined of all the gallicas, and a favourite of mine. The photos shown here are quite true to color! That slatey mauve color is real! Blooms are borne in clusters of 3 to 7 or more, opening sucessively over a long time.
This is an outstanding shrub in all respects, and is in every way a gallica, in spite of it's possibly mixed parentage. It is a widely grown rose that is respected and loved by many gardeners. Highly recommended.
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