After my experience his summer with him, gardeners who worship the Old Garden Roses absolutely must give the old Moss rose 'Alfred de Dalmas' a place in their garden. I purchased him on a whim this Spring and he's been the most pleasant surprise of my entire rose year.
The surprise for me though, was the frequent repeat of flowers on my young bush. 'Alfred de Dalmas' is supposed to have an "occasional repeat" in the season, but my bush has not been without at least a few flowers all summer. Even in the heat, it bloomed on and was one of the few roses, modern or otherwise to keep going for me. It's been a great pleasure to have that sweet old rose scent extended into August. and on to September, instead of my usual pattern of saying goodbye to those memory-evokers by the end of June.
Helpmefind/rose.com notes that most 'Alfred de Dalmas' in commerce are actually 'Mousseline' (an 1881 Moss by Moreau and Robert). The two roses look almost identical and authorities disagree whether they are different or the same rose. Regardless, 'Autumn Damask' has to be lurking somewhere in the ancestry of this rose as the source for all that blooming. 'Alfred de Dalmas' has my vote as the best of the reblooming Moss roses, even outproducing pretty 'Salet' this year.