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.
Mrs. E., Melrose, Mass., writes : - "Will the writer of that invaluable article in the November Monthly, "The best Autumnal Roses among Hybrid Perpetuals," do the public still another srevice by giving the best twenty-four bedding Roses among the tender sorts. So many Roses which are fine under glass are utterly worthless for bedding, and so many others are poor growers and shy bloomers, that - notwithstanding every one who loves flowers at all, delights most of all in roses - very many amateurs become discouraged after two or three seasons' trial, in growing roses in beds. For instance, these splendid sorts, Niphetos and Marechal Niel, are of no value as garden Roses. Bon Silene is not full enough, neither is Safrano, and both fade to a homely color under a summer sun, in a short time. That fine Bourbon, Souvenir de la Malmaison, is not, with me at least, a free bloomer. Marie Guillot is the best white bedder I have ever tried. Agrippina, though a good bloomer, is not full enough or large enough, or sweet enough to be very satisfactory.
Will Mr. Ellwanger, out of his large experience and good judgment, make us still further his debtors by giving a list of the best twenty-four Teas and Bourbons for garden culture, in the order of their merit, and including all the colors, and particularly a good, pure pink - not salmon pink - but a real, fresh rose-pink, if there are any such. And further, will he, (or some one else who is good authority,) do this so that it may be of use for this coming season's planting, which must be as early as the March number of the Monthly, to be available as a guide to selection." [In order to save time we sent the lady's request to Mr. Ellwanger, whose kind response we give in a previous column. - Ed. G. M.]
Catalogues on our table are so exceedingly numerous that it is impossible to devote space to the friendly notices we would take to give them, unless they happen to have some special claim to public interest. At the present time when the rose is occupying such a large share of public attention, it is a public service to note the remarkably full and carefully prepared rose catalogues of Ellwanger and Barry, and of the Dingee Conard Company. These firms have done wonders to give the rose the great popularity it enjoys at present.
At a recent horticultural election in France the favorite roses received the following votes: La France, 79; General Jacquiminot, 52; La Reine, 42; and Marquis Van Houtte, 45. This is probably a commercial vote, else what has become of Marechal Niel?
A lady writing from Washington, D. C, says: - "Will you please inform me through the columns of the Monthly what is the proper distance to plant roses in beds where they are to remain permanently? Messrs. Dingee & Conard in their catalogues say one foot, and on that basis give figures to show the small amount of space required for 100 or 1,000 roses. But it seems to me this will not do except for small plants to be renewed each year." [We should regard one foot apart as much too close for a permanent rose bed, and the directions were no doubt given in view of small mail plants, of which one would want to have a good full-looking bed the first year of planting. For the average dwarf roses, such as Tea, China, Bourbon, and the like, eighteen inches is a close enough distance, and if in those favored latitudes where roses do not die back much in winter, and grow strong in summer, two feet is close enough. For hybrid perpetual roses, two feet apart is close enough anywhere. - Ed. G. M.]
The report of the New York Horticultural Society says: - "Baroness de Rothschild, Mabel Morrison and Xavier Olibo Roses, magnificent flowers of which have been shown at our past meetings, are now the fashionable roses."
An essay on roses, read before the Maine Beneficial Society at its March meeting by our correspondent, Mrs. M. D. Wellcome, of Yarmouth, Maine, is to be issued in a tastefully bound form at fifteen cents per copy. We have had many treatises on roses. It will be interesting to have now a lady's view of the subject.
By Mrs. M. D. Wellcome. Published by I. C. Wellcome, Yarmouth, Maine. This essay was read before the Maine Pomological Convention, and has been revised by the authoress for its appearance in the present pamphlet form. It gives a succinct history of the rose, with many facts of practical value to culturists, drawn from modern experience.
Mrs. P., Lynn, Mass., inquires whether fall or spring is the best time for planting hardy roses. Like many other questions, "it depends" must be the answer. If a thoroughly hardy rose, with good roots, be planted in the fall, and can be insured against being drawn out by frost through the winter, it will bloom a great deal better for being fall-planted. All florists put in their pot roses in fall for spring blooming. But if the frost is likely to tell severely on the plants, it will be best to leave the planting till spring, though the flowering may not be as fine. - Ed. G. M.
Mr. Shirley Hibbard has done a remarkably good deed for the Rose grower. In his Gardener's Magazine of July 9th, he gives a full catalogue, with originators names, class, year of introduction, color, and habits, of all introduced during the past fifty years. The whole number is 1274. One might well ask, how many are popular to day?