Mme Alfred Carrière

Mme Alfred CarrièreThis well loved  rose is classed as a Noisette… not because , as I thought , it had anything to do with nuts , but because   a nurseryman  named Phillippe Noisette in South Carolina raised a repeat flowering rose from seed and took one along to Paris  in 1814 where French hybridists  soon realised it value. In Lyon , J Schwartz  created from these beginnings Mme Alfred  Carriere, named after the wife of the editor of the Revue Horticole. Mme Alf as we call her has always been a favourite and I remember Julie Lincoln, the ballet mistress at the Royal Ballet School  where  I worked , looking up coldly and remarking .” There’s an awful lot of Madams in  your garden!” and I realised there were  indeed and I ought to find out more about them … hence this blog .

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