Yesterday, I found one more bloom of the sport/hybrid on r gallica officinalis. I tied a string to the cane, so I can find it later. I cut the bloom and photographed it on the stem and as a closeup front and side.
It was a 2 inch diameter and shaped like a zinnia pompom bloom. The leaflets are alternate. Leaf veins are mostly opposite, with some alternate. It is FRAGRANT! It is once-blooming.
Then I counted petals. This was a fresh, pink bloom, not dried up and brown like the last two. I counted 185 petals!!!
This is a more accurate count, as the previous counts were of dried up brown blooms that may have dropped some petals.
I also counted the "typical" r. gallica officinalis bloom. I got 75 petals for it, which is more than the 20 suggested by Taylor's Rose Guide.
Note this year's set of blooms are about 2 inches in diameter and they are smaller than two years ago in the photo (which are about 3.5 inches.) I shot photos this year and will try to post, but do not have electronic copies yet.
I have moved the most recent message to this Antique Rose Forum. For a few older messages, see http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/roses/msg0505362931457.html?5 .
Here is a link that might be useful: