We were given a family heirloom rose last year and I am 99% positive I have identified it as a Chinese Fabvier. It has been in another garden for 50 years and was bought over from Croydon in the 60s. Prior to that it was in a Croydon garden in 1954. It is a lovely scarlet colour and almost looks like a miniature but is a too big.
Interestingly my husbands family come from a family of market gardeners who owned a nursery site in elmswell in Suffolk in the 1800s. Wonder how old it really is?
It was our ruby wedding last year so it was a most appropriate gift!
As the original plant root was so big, I was able to cut it up and now have a lovely boarder of 5 of them. They look really lovely with the blue lobelia I have added as well. The roses just keeps on flowering profusely and I am thrilled to bits with them.