Saturday, November 19, 2011

Alfred Parsons: Rosa 'Emmeline'

The HelpMeFind page for this rose describes it as "Armed with thorns / prickles", which is well illustrated in this painting by Alfred Parsons (1847-1920). At the HelpMeFind site there is a photograph of a cane even thornier than the one shown in the detail above.

A few facts about Alfred Parsons

A few facts about Rosa 'Emmeline'
1. This is a medium shrub, about 4 feet by 4 feet.
2. It has been in cultivation since before 1829.
3. There is a wide variety of opinions about its fragrance: "none", "slight", and "strong".
4. It blooms once each year.


  1. Fab stuff. Oh boy do I love this blog. I wish us botanical artists could still 'get away' with doing these bright, intense and rather oddly composed illustrations! I think they are wonderful. Your blog gives me much joy and reminds me why I paint (because I love this type of painting). Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the props! I am very I terested in modern botanical painting, but have to admit to being enchanted by the painters of this older stuff.