Monsieur Tillier

Tea rose Archduke Joseph (aka Monsieur Tillier)

Tea rose Archduke Joseph (aka Monsieur Tillier)

My favourite rose in the winter time would have to be the old tea rose Monsieur Tillier (also known as Archiduc Joseph – an argument I believe concluded by Lynne Chapman et al in Tea Roses, Rosenberg Publishing, 2008 – I shall continue to call mine Monsieur Tillier). It flowers throughout the year but they are most valued and certainly most noticeable when everything else has dropped its foliage.

This is no shy shrub either – there are just two planted side by side here – just those sufficient to make a hedge. Each plant is something over 3m high and wide.

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Tea rose Archduke Joseph (aka Monsieur Tillier)

The scent is spicy peppery tea to my nose and the colour delightfully changeable. It is interesting to pick a bud (one with just a little colour showing to be sure it will open) and allow it to unfurl indoors – the resulting flower is entirely different – an olde worlde mix of copper, sepia and┬ádusky pink with purple red in the shadows – a steampunk rose.

Monsieur Tilllier opened indoors

Monsieur Tilllier opened indoors

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