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.
M. Guillot, Jr , Rose grower, 27 Chemin-des-Pins, Lyon-Guillotiere (Rhone), is the raiser of the magnificent rose under notice. M. Guillot, Jr., gives the following particulars as to how he obtained this splendid rose:
"In 1864 I sowed a tolerably large quantify of Tea Rose seeds, which came up well; amongst those numerous seedlings I selected a few of the best, which have since been sent out. Amongst these young roses one particularly struck me as being totally distinct from all my other Tea Rose seedlings, and by its flowering the first year I took special care of it, and propagated it through grafts, which the following year produced much finer flowers than those of the parent plant. It was then that I found my rose was really extra good. I selected good strong stocks and budded them with the best eyes from my limited stock, and awaited with impatience the advent of the blooming season of 1866. Imagine my great joy when beholding those magnificent roses, and to find in this acquisition a rose of especial merit. I then propagated the rose in tolerably large numbers, so as to enable me to send it out in November, 1867, under the name of La France, in every respect worthy to bear that name. Before being sent out I exhibited it along with several other seedlings at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867. Every one of the fourteen blooms of La France I then exhibited measured about five inches in diameter.
The Jury, which should have met that day according to the programme, did not appear until two days after. My roses were already drooping and withering; the Jury therefore could not give them any prizes, but to indemnify me a single bronze medal was awarded to my whole collection, comprising all my seedlings -two hundred dwarfs and two hundred of the choicest varieties, which were in a group at the Champ-de-Mars. I cannot," adds M. Guillot, Jr., " give the pedigree of my Rose La France. Considering the great number of seeds I sowed in 1864 I could not well sow each variety separate; but judging from its wood, eyes, foliage and flowers, I come to the conclusion that its parents were Tea Roses, and that it does not possess a single characteristic of other hybrids".
Here is a first-class rose, the high qualities of which have been but poorly rewarded, but has been appreciated by the lovers of all nations, and that is the best encomium that can be passed upon it. - Journal des Roses.