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Graham Stuart Thomas

Posted 8/19/2015 5:19am by Eugene Wyatt.

In fact, all the wild species have a beauty that is never found in artificial hybrids. E. A. Bunyard, writing in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Journal in 1916, observed that “singles are God-made, doubles are man-made; a perfect flower should have anthers and pistils.” 

The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book 1994, Graham Stuart Thomas, p. XXI.

A single wild rose bloom has from 4-9 petals; a double has many more petals in lieu of the anthers and pistils.