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Diversity of Australian roses types

At the commencement of this century novelty roses imported into Australia seldom exceeded a dozen each year, and one could rely on every one being a novelty in its true sense-a definite advance in some way. The length of petal, the form, and the freedom of blooming were all improving, and most of the new roses had a strong perfume.
Then came the changes consequent to Pernet-Ducher's work -losses and gains, but the hybridists by hard, persistent, and highly intelligent work have so interbred, over and over again, Pernetianas, Hybrid Teas, Teas, Hybrid Perpetuals, Poly-anthas, and others that clear lines of demarcation now seldom exist. We have been lifted out of our troubles and have better roses than ever before. Retaining good growth, good disease-resistance, good form, good stem, and good perfume, we have roses that bloom more constantly and with hitherto undreamt­of colourings. Vermilion, scarlet, claret, tomato-red, orange-red, silvery buff, orange, copper, apricot, gold, and salmon pink, as well as the plain reds, pinks, yellows, creams, and whites-all as self-colours or as bicolours, in all the many possible combinations-have ceased to amaze us. We have them as healthy Hybrid Teas and as Floribundas and often with climbing sports.

The blue rose is becoming a less remote possibility, and several oversea hybridists now have mauve Hybrid Tea varieties. Until quite recently, Veilchenblau, a climbing Hybrid Wichuraiana, and Baby Faurax, a dwarf Polyantha, remained as our only examples of near-blue roses of any type (more info with plant leaf identification app - apps.apple.com/us/app/plantspot-plant-identification/id1437376141). In 1948 Eugene S. Boerner gave us Lavender Pinocchio, which is a large-flowered Floribunda. In the young blooms the colour is undoubtedly lavender; faint pink shades intrude as the flowers age.
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