This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
About six or eight years ago I received, among others, some very stout short stocks of the Dog-Rose; they were not more than two feet in height, but stouter than a large broom - handle, the bark thick and grey with age: they were planted, and grew most luxuriantly. I was for some little time at a loss what varieties to bud them with; for, be it remembered, all stout and old Rose-stocks require to be worked with very strong-growing sorts of Roses, to take off the abundance of sap, and keep them in a healthy state. At last, in a mere freak of fancy, I had them budded with some varieties of the evergreen Rose (Rosa sempervirens). They grew most luxuriantly; and after a year or two, not being trees adapted for sale, they were planted in a sloping bank of strong white clay, and left to grow and bloom as nature dictated, - not a shoot was ever touched with the pruning-knife.
The annexed figure is a portrait of one of these trees, now a well-known variety, the Felicite Perpetuelle, or, according to some authorities, Felicite Perpetue. This tree is on a stem a trifle more than two feet in height, and it has been these two or three summers past a picture of beauty. When in full bloom, the ends of its shoots rest on the ground, and it then forms a perfect dome of Roses; nothing in Rose-culture can really be more beautiful. It will be at once seen with what facility such stout, short, old Rose-stocks can be found in any hedge; they may be planted in the kitchen-garden, budded with the above-mentioned sort, and, to give variety in colour, with some of the following kinds, all varieties of Rosa sempervirens, Princesse Marie, Princesse Louise, Rampant, Banksipeflora, Myrianthes, Jannatre, Adelaide d'Orleans, and Srjectabilis. Every bud will succeed, as no Roses grow more freely; and after remaining' one season from budding in their "nursery," some nice places must be found for them on the lawn, where, unpruned, unchecked, they will, with all the freshness of unassisted nature, annually delight the eye of the lover of flowers, - those beautiful gifts of an ever-beneficent Creator; and may I not add, that the contemplative mind will see in these lovely pendant Roses the great charms of humility and gratitude; they seek to "abase" themselves, and their beauty is "exalted," they receive from the earth all their benefits, and endeavour to cover and adorn her with their blossoms?