This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We must not place the rose "American Banner" in the same category with rose "Beauty of Glazenwood," for the latter was considered a fraud from the first time it was exhibited, by such judges in England as Mr. Charles Noble, Mr. Charles Turner, and others. The American Banner produces veritable striped buds, which sell in New York in January at $25 per 100. Its rarity and novelty of course regulates the price, but whether it will become popular as a winter blooming rose will depend, I think, very much on fashion. Mr. Henderson has got a large and well-grown stock of it; so if any one feels like going into it on a large or small scale they need not have any apprehensions about getting all they may want.
All Mr. Henderson's pot roses were in fine health and vigor when I saw them. The show of buds which presented themselves would have done credit to many a bed of established plants. He finds the most sale for Niphetos, Safrano, Isabella Sprunt, Bon Silene, Cordelia Cook, Douglass and Perle des Jardines. The latter rose is now taking the place of M. Neil in some establishments, it being a free and continuous bloomer when properly grown, and the flowers are nearly as large and higher in color than the well-known "Neil".
The new carnation "Snowden" was pretty well used up for cuttings when I saw it. There is no doubt about its being dwarf, and for this reason alone it will be valuable, on account of its not needing much head room.
Carnations are not considered profitable by some of the growers around New York; a disease gets among them, and gradually takes the whole lot off.
Mr. Win. Bennett, Flatbush, L. I., grows carnations, the best, I think, I have ever seen. He grows Peerless largely, and King of the Crimsons, the freest flowering and best dark colored carnation I have met with. Miss Jolliffe he has in large quantity; it is a delicate .shade of pink. " Snow-white " - a kind sent out a short time ago by Mr. Peter Henderson - is proving itself to be a wonderful free bloomer, and the flowers are pure white. It is a decided acquisition. I have heard complaints that it does not possess sufficient vigor, but under Mr. Bennett's treatment it is certainly hard to beat. His treatment is to keep them quite cool at night, and to give them plenty of air on every favorable opportunity in the day time.
I am satisfied that the cool treatment is the proper one for carnations, and if all the growers around New York or elsewhere would adopt this mode of growing them, instead of a rose-forcing temperature, they would not have them in such a deplorable state as they were last winter.