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.
Here in Rochester the La France Rose is proving itself worthy of its name and fame. Nothing can excel it in beautiful, delicate color, exquisite and abundant perfume, and profuse, constant blooming from the commencement to the close of vegetation; just as long as growth is maintained, beautiful bloom will follow; in fact the habit of over-flowering is its principal drawback. Unless high cultivation and liberal manuring are furnished, it will be stunted by excessive flowering; but if freely manured, and a portion of the too numerous flower buds are cut off in season the results are admirable. At the present writing, August 17th, my nursery plantation of one-quarter of an acre of La France roses, where the early flowers were cut off until the plants were well established, and good culture given, is a place of beauty and fragrance beyond anything I have ever seen in rose growing. Some of the blooms are five inches in diameter, many are four inches across, and all furnish shades of color and reflections of color on the inside and outside of the petals quite beyond description. As this rose is hardy, at least in the root and nearly so at the top, it ought perhaps to stand at the head of the Hybrid Perpetual class all things considered, as combining the largest number of good points.
It will need close pruning, nearly to the ground, every spring, free manuring, and some reduction of the over-numerous flowers.