This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the Monthly, for April last, E. H., of New Bedford, Mass., asks for names of twelve best H. P. roses for forcing. I suggest the following list:
Mad. Chas. Wood, Louis Canique, Mo. Laing, Roi D'Espagne, Coquette des Alps, Gen. Jaqueminot,
Mad. Prosper Langier,
Geant des Battailles,
All of the above will be found perfectly reliable, if grown in pots at least one year previous to being forced. I have given this brief list as proved by experience of some years.
I would also suggest to E. H. that if, after a season's forcing of any variety of H. P. Roses, he finds any that are in any way lacking in vigor of growth, to plant such out in the open ground in Spring, and they will gain in health and vigor better than in a pot, and be in condition to take up the following Autumn to pot for forcing. If Gen. Jaqueminot is grown into strong, well ripened wood, there will be no trouble about its blooming.
I would here call the attention of Rose growers and rose lovers (who does not love a rose ?) to a rose in the above list which seems to be little noticed in many catalogues - Roi D'Espagne. This is certainly the richest colored rose in existence. Its most permanent shade being a dark, rich crimson, some flowers so shaded with dark maroon that if they were not on the same plant they would be taken for different varieties. The flower is very full to the centre, and nearly five inches in diameter under good culture in open ground. It is also a grand rose for pot culture, blooming even more abundantly than Mad. Chas. Wood, and propagates easily, and rapidly, by cuttings of green wood treated in the usual way.
I have been a good many years among the roses, and am not likely to go into ecstacies over anything new or of doubtful merit, and I unhesitatingly say that this is the finest rose I have ever seen so far.