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I read with much pleasure the remarks on Roses by my esteemed friend Mr. Rivers, which appear from time to time in the Florist. In the last number, however, he gives me credit for assertions which, I believe, I have never made. The words to which I allude are these: " I think it is Mr. W. Paul who tells us (but I quote from memory), that to remove a Rose once is to injure its growth, to do so twice is a still greater injury." Mr. R. then proceeds to disprove the accuracy of this statement. But do not let me be misunderstood; I do not charge Mr. Rivers with an intentional misquotation - indeed his remarks are qualified with "I quote from memory" - but the evident bearing of the reasoning is, if uncontradicted, against the soundness of the opinions given in the Rose-Garden. If any of your readers feel sufficiently interested in the matter to refer to p. 132, division II. of the Rose-Garden, they will find the passage to stand thus: "The practice of removing them (Tea-scented Roses) from the ground for protection during winter, and again transferring them to their places in the rosarium in spring, cannot be too highly deprecated." Then follows the passage alluded to: " To remove a plant once endangers its growth and perfect flowering the first year, and to remove it twice more than doubles the risk of failure." To this opinion I still firmly adhere.
I think your scientific readers will say, theoretically it is true; and repeated experiments satisfy me that it is true in practice also.
Nurseries, Cheshunt, Herts. W. Paul.