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 your last number you seem to express a doubt of how the new striped Tea Rose, American Banner may hold to its description. To give you ocular evidence, I to-day send you two buds, making the statement that we have now had it growing for nearly a year, and in the thousands of buds our stock has produced in that time, not one has been seen except such as has been clearly and distinctly marked - crimson and white like those now sent you. - some lighter than others, but that is the only variation. It is as we have said, a "sport" from Bon Si-lene, but is entirely distinct in its foliage from that or any other Rose we have ever seen, and this peculiarity of foliage in my opinion, is a guarantee that it will hold to its peculiar marking. The Beauty of Glazenwood, as you are probably aware was nothing but the old Fortune's Yellow, issued some twenty years ago, and when sent out from London last year, must either have been done through the grossest ignorance or rascality - in all probability the latter - for no condition that ever Fortune's Yellow could assume would ever have shown the striping of "crimson and gold" as the colored plate showed in the Beauty of Glazenwood. This experience in the Beauty of Glazenwood Rose was such as to well make the American nurseryman hesitate to take anything on faith from European growers, after such an impudent swindle.
Mr. Saul of Washington, who sent it out here, was in no way to blame in the matter except in being too confiding in believing the representations of the party from whom he bought it in England.
In 1860, a London nurseryman of the highest reputation, sent out with a great flourish of trumpets a new golden flowered Verbena, which he named Most Welcome; I quickly bit at the golden bait, and was the unfortunate medium of sending it far and wide in this country. When the thing flowered it proved to be an old acquaintance, that I had known when a boy - a distinct spieces known as Verbena sulphurea, flowers of a dirty white, a plant of no value except for botanical collections. I have not even yet heard the last of my yellow Verbena venture, but it was a valuable lesson and has taught me to have less veneration for the horticultural veracity of some of our English cousins.
[Beauty of Glazenwood as we understand that question, was a sport from Fortune's Yellow, but which was of such a transitory character, that it returned speedily to its original. We have never believed that there was any lack of veracity in those who first sent out that rose. - Ed. G. M].