These were much oftener seen in our northern greenhouses thirty years ago. Since the introduction of the beautiful tea varieties little attention is paid to them, but in the private conservatory they are fine plants for pillars and rafters. They are useless to us outside, but where they do not get more than 15 degrees of frost they must be grand plants, as they are in our southern states. A well-known nurseryman, Mr. Smith, of Geneva, N. Y., who knows what a rose is, and does not talk wildly, as many tourists do, told me that he believed northern Texas was the most favored locality on this continent for the rose, and that the tea, Bourbon, and Noisette classes grew there to the greatest perfection.
The Noisette roses are easily propagated by cuttings from the half-ripened wood at any time of year, either July or January. They should be always planted out in a well-drained border, for you don't get their real beauty and worth till they are a few years old. After making a strong growth they should be rested by less water and less syringing, and before starting up again have the weak shoots cut off and the side shoots of the leading stems cut back to two or three eyes. Winter, of course, would be the natural time for them to rest, but by starting into growth early in the spring and resting in August and September you can get flowers during winter. Keeping these roses clean of aphis and red spider by syringing is the principal care.
Well-known varieties of this class are Marechal Niel, the magnificent golden yellow rose; Solfaterre, a grand sulphur yellow; Orphirie, a fine copper yellow; Gloire de Dijon, a beautiful creamy amber; and old La Marque, the old white rose that came in clusters with such luxuriant, dark green foliage. Where these, beautiful plants will do out of doors there are many fine varieties.