This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I send a flower - though it is a little past its best - of the new tea rose, Duchess of Edinburgh. If you have not already seen it, I thought it might interest you. I am disappointed in the color, as according to descriptions and colored plates, it should be a "deep glowing crimson." It is, as you will see, very little darker, and not so bright, as the good old, and deservedly popular, Bon Silene. Location and soil may make some difference; but the plants here have been rally exposed to the light, and no plants could look more healthy. I think this is one of its characteristics, for not a sign of mildew has been observed during the six months I have had the plants in my possession, but have worn a dark, luxuriant green, making it very readily distinguished from any other variety.