This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It will surprise those who have paid a visit to the greenhouses of Mr. Evans, to learn that Mr. Bennett removes the plants of the Bennett rose from the greenhouse,in the spring, to frames in the open air! because at Rowlandville, since the rose has been in bloom, no visitors have been allowed inside the houses where it is flowering. In other houses where young plants are growing in pots, visitors are not excluded. So that it is clearly not because they are afraid of plants being stolen, for it is easier to take a plant in a thumb pot than one three feet high growing in a bed.
Last autumn Mr. Evans predicted that the days of General Jacqueminot were numbered, for he expected that the ever-blooming Bennett would annihilate the "Jacque," and a respectable fortune would be result. Neither the prediction nor the expectation has been verified. Jacques have been somewhat cheaper than usual this season, but the Bennett has had no influence on the price. When it will be sold with its own stems and leaves, it may command good prices, in the early part of the season, before Jacques come in good; but the latter will always hold its own at higher figures as the season advances. The Bennett is far superior to anything we have had before in its line of color, which includes Douglass, Duchess of Edinburg, and last, and least, Andre Schwartz. Whenever the latter variety is mentioned to a florist who has given it a trial, it invariably provokes a smile, excepting, perchance, where the investment involved several dollars; then the subject is better avoided. To return to the Bennett; for a while no attempt was made to propagate it in any quantity, but since it has not proven such a bonanza in the sale of the buds as was expected through the clause forbidding leaf buds to go with flowers, a stock is being worked up as rapidly as possible, Mr. Evans hoping to gain the permission of Mr. Bennett to put the plants on the market at a much earlier date than the contract calls for.