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.
I find in my box of seedling roses, of last autumn's sowing, a rose so exactly like Laurette that one might suppose they were taken from the same bush. What seems peculiar about this is that, Laurette being a double rose, never seeds. I have several bushes of this rose growing near a Safrano, which seeds freely, and presume the solution of the mystery is that the "little busy bee" knows how to capture and distribute pollen no matter how securely it may seem to be hidden away. Still it seems strange that one rose should so exactly reproduce another.
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[It is well known in hybridizing, that the female parent may be exactly reproduced though under the influence of pollen very unlike its own. This was proved especially by the experience of Mr. Francis Parkman among lilies; Lilium Parkmanni being the only remarkable departure from the female type. There is probably no reason why the inverse might not be true - that is the female wholly reproducing the male form, and this experience with the rose points that way. - Ed. G. M].