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.
While we cannot ask any one to love less the beautiful roses of refined culture, we ought not to forget the glorious charms of the wild rose. They make good sized bushes as ordinary shrubs do, and are covered often by thousands of flowers, giving out a perfume which even the pets of the florist might envy. But their greatest merit consists in the beautiful red "haws" or "hips," as the fruit is popularly called, which, if the frost is not severe, give the bushes beauty till near Christmas time.
There are many of these wild roses in Europe and Asia, as well as in our own part of the world, which are slowly finding their way into our gardens on this account. One of the most recent of these introductions of old wild things is the rose we now illustrate, Rosa villosa, a native of Northern Europe and Asia, and of which we believe a few plants have been introduced by Mr. Benz, of Long Island, and in a year or so may be freely in the market. It seems to have been first introduced into European gardens by Mr. Schultheis, of Steinfurth, in Germany, and we hope other wild species may be introduced by others.