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.
The rose, "Andre Schwartz," so beautiful in colored plate, does not yet seem "to equal Gen'l Jacqueminot" nor to supersede it. I have yet to learn of a place where it has been at all a success, in growth or flowering. The buds that I have seen, have been poor, pale, mis-shapen ones; the foliage, mildewed; the general appearance of the plants sickly, lacking vigor and freedom of growth.
I had intended to try the rose, but having been caught so many times thought best to wait until its reputation had been made. I will quote from a letter from one party that went into it:
"In reply to yours, 18th January, in regard of the rose "Andre Schwartz," I must confess that I am very much disappointed; it is not at all as represented. I have had a few good roses, but the majority of them are not true to the plate, and rather imperfect in form. My roses are well taken care of, planted in benches, and the Andre" Schwartz had just as good a chance as any of them, if any, better. It does not get mildewed but gives no general satisfaction".
My experience with "Etoile de Lyon" has been such as not to give much satisfaction - have had some fine buds, makes good growth, greatest share runs blind. The outer petals are curled, and stick so that they have to be pulled off, yet that would not make much difference if the quantity of buds was there. It seems to be " no good" for winter flowering - may come on in March and April with one crop. What has become of "The Duke" (of Connaught) - has he returned to England? Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
There has been so much said in regard to the new Tea rose, Andre Schwartz, not being a success anywhere, that I will write a few words in its favor. I have a very good stock of this rose. I find it a good grower and also a free bloomer; free from mildew and insects. I acknowledge that some of the buds are pale and misshapen, but fully four-fifths of my Andre Schwartz buds are perfect in color and form. I am satisfied with the rose, for it has proven more than was represented. Evansville, Ind., June 5th, 1884.
Mr. Rolker says: "You were kind enough to insert at the time with our advertisement the picture of the new rose, Andre Schwartz. As such I take it for granted that your readers may like to hear about how it has been working so far. The flowers that were of a fine crimson color last spring, on what few plants were allowed to flower, are showing this fall a marked tendency to sports into lighter shades. I have noticed in a few even an approach to pure white. I learn also, that one bush, that at first flowered a deep crimson, is now turning towards a pale rose. Some bushes show larger, some smaller buds. I have seen a bud of Andre Schwartz this fall that equalled a Mermet in size. This is not a brilliant report in general, but I give it to the public in order to possibly hear from other quarters a better result, and again to solicit from our learned rose-growers an opinion: Why a rose that in its first state flowered a deep scarlet crimson should sport so early into lighter shades. Upon inquiry, Mr. Joseph Schwartz, of Lyons, gives the parentage as Tea Rose Souvenir de David d'Angers X Hybrid Perpetual General Jacqueminot. Is there anything in the parentage of these roses that might be the cause? I may add later that plants of the Andre Schwartz rose commence to show again deeper shades of crimson.
Perhaps the cold weather and the nearer approach to the winter forcing season improve it".
I was pleased to see the remarks at page 104, on the so-called true tea Jacqueminot, Andre Schwartz. In common with "T. F. S.," I have yet to learn that it has been a success anywhere. For my part, I consider it a complete failure. I did not purchase so many of it as some of my brother florists; still I have seen enough to know that it has no value for winter blooming. It is not so good as our old Agrippina, or Douglas. A florist in Philadelphia, who bought a large stock of it when first sent out, told me he would be glad to sell his whole stock at almost any price. I am surprised to see that most of our leading florists recommend it in their catalogues, though they are careful to say only what the introducer claims for it, adding that "if it sustains the merits claimed for it, it will be invaluable."Nanz & Neuner, of Louisville, describe it in their catalogue as almost worthless, but they are the only firm 1 have noticed that speak of their own experience. Etoile de Lyon, with me, makes a good bud, but not as free for winter blooming as Perle des Jardins. 1 am informed by several good rose growers that Etoile de Lyon is a first-class summer variety. I shall give it a good trial this summer.
Our friend "T. F. S." asked, what has become of the Duke of Connaught, if it has returned to England? If "T. F. S." is in Philadelphia at any time during winter. I would advise him to call at Forty-ninth and Market streets (Craig & Bros.), where he can see the Duke in its glory. I have heard it condemned by many, but after visiting Mr. Craig's greenhouses, and seeing it do so well there, I at once ordered 100 plants, and will give them a good trial next winter, and report my success in Gardeners' Monthly. I am waiting patiently for a thin slice of Mr. C. F. Evans' rich cake - the Wm. Francis Bennett roses. No doubt it is an excellent variety. Clayton, Del.