|"La Marque Rose, |
thirteen years old,
budded on Cherokee stock,
on the Shinn farm house at Niles California"
From Vick's Illustrated Magazine,
So it was planted in 1878.
The Shinn house once had a very large rose bush climbing up its walls. No longer. A yellow rose clambers up the trellis.
Charles Howard Shinn wrote about "California Rose Cottages" in Vick's Illustrated Magazine in 1891. He used a photograph of the farm home in Niles where he grew up. The La Marque rose is approaching the size of a house-eating rose.
Charles says "Then when people ask still further, what roses to plant, I have told them to begin almost any where, but that a Lamarque was good to start with, for one could plant it on a hillside with a crowbar, and it would come out ahead."
The La Marque rose is listed in the Shinn's Nurseries catalog.
I recently found the Lamarque rose at the U.C. Berkeley Botanic Garden. I would love to see it growing again at Shinn Park, perhaps less rambunctiously. (Although now I find that this is not a Lamarque rose at all! Need to check labels!)