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.
I received the first stock plants of this variety in the latter part of December, 1879; it will no doubt become a very popular rose. The habit of the plant is dwarf, and it is one of the most continuous bloomers in the whole rose family. The flowers are small, double, pure white, produced in immense clusters, and are very fragrant. The young plants commence to bloom shortly after they are rooted, and continue in bloom the whole season. I left a plant outside last fall without any protection, and on examination a few days ago found it had survived the winter, so it will probably prove hardy in the Middle States.
It blooms almost as freely as a tea rose, is one of the most distinct roses we have; flowers white, sometimes tinged with blush and salmon, medium size, produces its flowers in clusters of three or five. This rose is as fragrant as La France, and is a constant bloomer. The plant has a beautiful habit of growth, and its foliage is very distinct from other roses; a fine novelty.
Flowers large, very double, opens finely; color clear red, sometimes veined with white, fragrant, a free and constant bloomer; will prove a fine rose for massing.
It has been issued several years, but is still scarce. Color deep red, very clear, as double as General Jacqueminot, and with good culture will produce as fine buds. It is a constant bloomer, but the plant is rather a slow grower, although it is improving in that respect every year.
This is another new French Hybrid Tea. Color clear pink, produces large and beautiful buds; a free bloomer.
There are several other new French hybrid tea roses which I may describe at some future time. I would give you a description and our experience with Bennett's New English Hybrid Teas, but have not space enough in this to do them justice, as I consider them the finest new roses we have. They have all bloomed for us several times.
[The information offered by our correspondent would be very acceptable to our readers. We would suggest to our many correspondents the importance of writing personal names very plain, as it is impossible for proof-readers or editors to guess at the orthography of these as they can generally do, and have to do with words in common use. In trying to correct they can only go by familiar names. For instance, the name of Cels is a very familiar name to a rose lover. It fortunately happens that Mr. Wintzer has very plainly written this new rose, Madame Leaben Sels. If there had been any occasion for guessing at what the handwriting meant, it would have been made "Cels," and thereby brought the proof-reader into trouble. Proper names should especially always be plainly and accurately written - Ed. G. M.]