Leontine Gervais is a large rambling rose that loves to change the look and color of her blooms. Some years the flowers are very double like 2008 and other years they readily show their stamens. 2007
Even in the same growing season the look of the blooms varies. 2008 I'm not bothered by the changes, I love them. 2008
Leontine grows in a wild octopus type fashion. She is thorny, and will grab you as you pass, but you can escape her grasp unlike the strong grip of LJS. The foliage is is a nice glossy green that stay beautiful until winter makes them drop. This rose is very disease resistant. I also have never fertilized it.
I've found the scent to be elusive. There a few roses like this for me. There have been a few good discussions on scent on the Antique Roses Forum on GW in the past, and it seems certain scents are hard for some noses to detect. I just know sometimes I smell Leontine and some times I don't. I've been with people that could smell him while I could not. While in full bloom she is a quite a charmer. People always make comments on her that pass by the house. I've even been asked for cuttings. 2008 As the blooms age they take on a pinker tone. 2007
At that point usually a thunderstorm comes rolling through and all the beauty becomes a memory.