This is the rose that the French third-generation nurseryman and breeder, Scipion Cochet, named for his mother, so you have to figure that he was pretty pleased with it. In English the name would be Mama Cochet or Mummy Cochet.
She is a Tea rose from 1892, the offspring of the Teas, 'Marie Van Houte' and 'Mme Lambard'. I have read that she was the 'Peace' of her day, winning many prizes and setting the standard of rose beauty.
'Maman Cochet' is described as having large flowers, very double, with from 80-150 petals. That's a lot of petals!! Opening buds have classic high-centered form and open into full cups that are rather flat. Sometimes the many inner petals do not open properly, forming a confused knot, and sometimes when they all open correctly, there is a regularly quartered bloom. She has a tendency to have a weak neck, that is, the short stems to which the flower is attached are not strong enough to hold up its heavy weight, so she "nods". In a climber this is a good trait because the beautiful flowers facing downwards are more easily seen.
|'White Maman Cochet' is tinged with deep pink on the outer petals.|
A few breeders were rewarded for their perseverence with actual offspring. Those roses are 'William R. Smith' also called 'Blush Maman Cochet' and 'Souvenir de Pierre Notting' also referred to as 'Yellow Maman Cochet'. I don't grow 'William R. Smith', but I have or have had all the other Cochets. 'White Maman Cochet, Climbing' had to go live with a friend who has more room than I do. The Cochet climbers are very big.
As you can see, we've had some blessed rain in the last few days. None today though.