This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Roses of this new class exhibit some qualities that must materially change the aspect of the rose business when they become sufficiently circulated.
Roses have not been bedding plants; the attractions of their individual flowers, and not the appearance they present when collected in masses, has been their distinguishing feature. True, the most generous Teas and Chinas bloom freely enough to make a rich display, but even these come in crops separated by longer or shorter intervals, and their habit is against them when "effect" is the object in view. This is not the case with the Polyanthas; they are dwarf - they bear their flowers in clusters above the plants, and they produce them without intermission. Their every shoot is a flowering one> and this without any exception to be seen in several hundred plants, closely observed for more than a year, even those pushed by cuttings too long in the sand being capped with buds. In appearance they are very pretty, whether the blooms are considered individually, or the plant with its canopy of flowers as a whole. It would be hard to mention other qualities to be desired in plants for masses or borders.
As yet their colors are all light, but I think time and experiment only are wanting to add brighter shades, and it is in white plants for bedding that we find the least variety from which to choose.
Again, they will be found valuable as window plants. I have long been in doubt as to our being justified in recommending roses of other classes for that purpose, as they are satisfactory in very few instances, The Polyanthas, however, must not only prove superior to all other roses, as pot plants, but will not unlikely be the most popular of all flowering plants for house culture, their most prominent characteristics being exactly those desired.
Florists will find them very convenient to manage as they root readily and rapidly, can be grown by any one, and may be had in selling condition at any time. Their graceful beauty ought to make them popular market plants.
While attaching a great value to these varieties, I am not inclined to think the qualities mentioned at all elevate the standard of the Rose, for its greatest beauty must always lie in the richness and perfection of its individual flowers, characteristics necessarily precluded where the blooms are so small. They will be grown, however, where other roses will not succeed, or require more patience than the grower possesses, and they may furnish a new element in bedding plants where any such additions will certainly be welcome.
Paquerette and the new Mignonette are prob-abty the best for outdoor use; the former has tight little rosettes of white, about an inch across and very double, never showing a centre nor losing their regular circular form, and I once counted forty-two buds and flowers in one head. Mignonette is much like it, with a delicate mingling of pink and white. Anna Marie de Mon-travel so far promises best as a house plant; its flowers are a half larger and of irregular form when open, but when half expanded are much more beautiful than the others are in any state, being well worthy the application of the usual floral adjectives.