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.
Mrs. S. E. Byers, Houston, Texas, under date of January 9th, writes : "I sent you a cigar-box containing a few roses with my card, from the out-door flower garden. I scarcely hoped that they would reach you before their leaves had fallen. The large white rose, Estelle Pradelle I esteem the most constant bloomer, and best in my collection of three hundred varieties - over a dozen white roses. I have read with interest, from time to time in Gardener's Monthly items on roses, and often console myself with the thought that we can grow roses to perfection in Texas, in the open border.
This list is now in bloom in the garden; my garden is well protected by evergreens. Solfa-terre, with highly perfumed golden buds ; Jean d'Arc, beautiful evergreen foliage, and white pointed buds - both Noisette roses. Banksia, gaudy with snow-white flowers and evergreen foliage, very hardy here, but blooms once, and that for about six weeks; Jacqueminot, Mad. Chas. Wood, Crown, and other Hybrids, besides a host of Tea Roses ; while Devoniensis, Mad. Damasin, Bourbon and Bengal Roses, all have their representatives. Of Perpetual, the rose Belle Allemande is certainly here never out of bloom, unless frosted, and soon rallies after a freeze. Bella is not much found here, unless it would be under glass, as it yields only flowers in the winter.
I have half a dozen Seedling Roses of my own raising, that are very good, and may some day find admirers. One closely resembles Appolline, a very constant bloomer. I often wonder that our Southern amateurs do not experiment more with rose seeds. The plant 1 have bloomed when three months old, and only four inches high, so that anyone can see the color, and if double or single ; still, they have to wait a year or more to get a strong plant from seed. It is important to pick off the buds in order to get strong growing plants. We know of a Marechal Niel Rose, grown by a Houstonian, Capt. T------, that occupies three hundred and twenty square feet, and bears thousands of roses. There are quite a number of fine M. Niels about town; this is the largest one known to me. It is eight years old.
[These flowers arrived in excellent condition, except that those roses which had partially opened when gathered, soon dropped their petals when taken from the bud. If gathered when not quite mature, a Philadelphian might have flowers from his farm in Southern Texas fresh on his table every day, at but a trifling expense. - Ed. G. M.J