This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A short walk from the greenhouses of Mr. Brown are those of Wm. Syred, situated on Shaw avenue. 'The most remarkable thing here was a bush of Lamarque rose in full bloom. It occupies the centre of one house, which is a span roof built east and west. The house is sixty feet long by twelve wide; - benches occupy each side - and is warmed by a brick flue. The rose was planted seven years ago on its own roots. I made an estimate of the number of buds, by measuring off a small portion, and found it would yield three (3,000) thousand from its present crop; another crop is gathered in April, much larger buds, but about the same number, thus it will be seen that it yields six thousand buds a year. The treatment consists in taking the sash off the house in summer; and in the fall when it becomes necessary to put on the sash, instead of cutting out the wood, strips are used to bend the wood down and hold it in position till after the first crop; then a slight pruning is given it, and some two or three weeks of rest, when it is ready to commence growing for its second crop. After the April crop is gathered a much severer pruning takes place, when the same routine is gone over in the fall. A prettier sight I have never seen than this rose bush.
Since writing, the above, Mr. Syred tells me he sold to the bouquet-makers twenty-five hundred buds up to December 15th.