This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Pall Mall Gazette remarks: "The practice of naming flowers after private friends or public characters is very pretty; but it may be suggested that a little care in the selection of epithets bestowed on such names would not be amiss. Otherwise it is difficult to say whether poetical compliment or covert satire of the sponsor is intended. What shall we say, for instance, of the descriptions appended to the names given to three new roses, just 'sent out' by a leading nurseryman, which we find in the advertising pages of last week's gardening papers? First shall come a lady, and, if the language is rather glowing, we trust that it is not on the whole displeasing to the fair prototype: "Miss Hassard: - Beautiful delicate pinkish flesh color, large, full, and fine form, very sweetly scented. First-class for either exhibition or general purposes.
"But the next is so ludicrously inappropriate that we only reproduce it in the assurance that the original bearer of the name would have smiled at the incongruity of the epithets: "John Stuart Mill: - Bright clear red, large, full and beautiful form, of great substance; well adapted for exhibition purposes, being also of strong constitution and free habit. Quite distinct.
"Last comes a clergyman, himself a distinguished rosarian, and we hope his parishioners recognize the portrait: "Rev. J. B. M. Camm: - Very bright rosy pink, most pleasing color, large, very full, and tine globular form; very sweet, constant, and thoroughly distinct; growth vigorous.
"The moral touch, 'very sweet and constant,' is peculiarly appropriate to a clergyman, and will perhaps reconcile his admirers to the allusion to what some might deem the physical defects of a rosy pink complexion and a too globular form."