Friday, September 9, 2011

Roses of Old Mobile

The Vineland Nursery was established by C.C. Langdon in the 1850's. It was located north of Mobile near Citronelle, Alabama and, I am told, ancient camellias can still be found on the site. The 1858-59 Vineland Nursery catalog included a listing of a dozen varieties of roses that were sold that year. They were as follows:
  • Augusta Climber
  • Cornice  De Marseilles
  • Cloth of Gold
  • Duchess of Sutherland
  • Giant of Battles
  • La Marque
  • La Reine
  • Luxembourg
  • Octavie
  • Pope Pius
  • Solfataire
  • Souvenir de la Malmaison
I have found what I believe to be eight of the varieties listed in the catalog and have included a few of them in the  photos below.

Duchess of Sutherland with St Joseph's Lilly

Geant de Batailles

Souvenir de la Malmaison

La Marque, Climbing


  1. there is nothing as striking as the beauty and simplicity of a rose - many words and visuals have been recorded on the subject of the rose but to me, the most desirable is the one you hold near... vintage roses are special ones and your painstaking quest to locate and preserve these enhances the beauty

  2. Drick, not only are you an incredible chef, but you are also poet!