The ‘Nathalie’ I have appears to be very similar to my plant of ‘Queen Rose’ and I am still considering whether or not it is correct. However, in comparing it to a friend’s ‘Nathalie’ plant obtained from a different nursery, they appeared to be the same.
According to Silvia Saunders’ notes, ‘Nathalie’ is a deep bright cherry, semidouble with 3-4 rows of petals, blooms 3 days after ‘Ludovica’, has 3-5 small light green carpels, bright pink stigmas, very short cream filaments, and white discs on a tall plant. Her attribution of flower color does not match well with that in the 1939 Saunders’ catalogue, “brilliant salmon rose”. Could she have mixed up ‘Nadia’, a cherry pink, with ‘Nathalie’?
|Seedling No:||10285-10306. Pages 22 & 38 of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||7: lactiflora ‘James Kelway’ X “lobata of Perry”|
|Flower:||Color:||brilliant salmon pink, white flares on outside|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Height:||34″ in 2021|