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.
"Mrs. M." notes: " I did not want fifteen climbers, but five climbers and fifteen of other sorts. The climbers I have had experience with at my seashore home in Massachusetts were, Baltimore Belle and Sweet Biiar. But I wanted a few more. The soil of my lot is a sandy streak in a clay region; but I should have to make my beds, so I don't see how that matters. The lot is well drained, sloping west. There are no trees anywhere near my garden, nor high buildings between it and sunshine. Our prevailing winds are from the water, south and west. Spring is cold and summer begins suddenly about the 5th of June, as a rule. Of course there are exceptions to this, but our winds are always cold until the ice from the upper lakes has all gone down the river. Our summer climate is a very pleasant one, but we have little or no very hot weather.
" I should not expect my roses to be a show bed, but would like to have plants that would be vigorous and thrive, from which I could cut flowers in their season for blooming.
" I think I must have omitted to mention Moss roses in my last letter, but I should want to include one or two in my list.
"What is the object of destroying leaf buds on roses, as mentioned on page 40 of February number of your magazine?"
[In buying rose buds, florists require long stems to the flowers. There are leaf buds on these stems, from which the plant may be propagated. But the Bennett rose was sold with the condition that the purchaser should have the right to sell the flowers, but not the plants - hence to keep people from getting plants, he has to destroy the leaf buds before he sells the flowers. - Ed. G. M].