Mrs. Sam McGredy, bred by S. McGredy and Son, Ireland 1929.
Breeding: (Donald MacDonald x Golden Emblem) X (Seedling x The Queen Alexandra Rose)
Note: this is also classed as a Pernetiana.
If it weren't for some of these very early Hybrid Teas, I rather doubt that I would ever have come to grow any of this class. 'Mrs. Sam McGredy' is very much of a style for its time, with shorter (and less vigorous) growth and is much twiggier in nature than most modern HT's. (In its day, it was considered to be a robust and vigorous variety) For some, this style is less desirable than the more robust (and coarse?) HT's of today, and yet I find it more appealing than most. There is also a great deal of the coloring of the Teas evident in this rose, with its shimmering, smoky melon-and-salmon tints and slightly chinese red reverse. Modern HT's rarely, if ever, show such subtleties of color, and for me this is their downfall. Blooms of 'Mrs. Sam McGredy' are rarely more than 4 inches wide, which seems quite appropriate for the plant. The fragrance, a fairly strong phenolic Tea scent, is also something that has carried over from its ancestral Teas, to great effect. This rose is a treasure and is most deserving of a place in any collection of historic Hybrid Teas.
My plant of 'Mrs. Sam McGredy' is growing on its own roots, which seems to suit it just fine. However, it is a well known fact that this is a difficult rose to propagate by cuttings; budding is the preferred method. I shall make a budded copy as well so that I will be able to comment on which plant is the more prosperous.
merit rating: NA
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