There are two swamp roses (Rose palustris scandens) near the gate that guards the grass road which runs between the pastures and down to the creek. On the other side of the swamp roses is a ditch, then a long stretch of 3 rail fencing that runs to the woods.
View from the other side of the ditch. One of the swamp roses is tipped back, a result of swamp sunflowers growing next to the gate too and leaning all of their 8 foot height against them.
The rose fragrance is very strong, but on this rose the oils are very volatile and they soon burn off in the sun.
Next to the long stretch of fence are more roses: a white mystery climber that I started from cuttings from a rose behind Glen Lennox Shopping Center in Chapel Hill, a rose dubbed 'Seven Sisters' that may really be 'Dorothy Perkins', 'Mermaid', 'Lamarque', and a possible 'Dr. Huey'.
Frances of Fairegarden suggested that the Glen Lennox rose is 'Alberic Barbier' and I think she is right. It all fits: the glossy leaves, the yellow buds, the apple/ tea fragrance, the absurdly long canes. She nicknamed it Killer but I can't call it that, not with Mermaid nearby. You have to give the hellcat her due.
Looks like 'Alberic Barbier' to me. Thoughts?
Update: I posted a link to this post on the GardenWeb Antique Roses Forum and the consensus was that this is 'Alberic Barbier'. It's good to put a name to the face! Frances you have an excellent eye, and I have to say that I thought from the beginning that you were right.
I first saw this rose about 20 years ago when going to the drive-through window at the back of the State Employee's Credit Union. There must have been a series of them planted along the wall opposite the bank, as they stretch on for what seems like at least 100 feet, in the most romantic jumble of creamy white flowers.