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.
Having cultivated roses in the open air, and under glass, for more than thirty years, I note with some interest Mr. Beecher's trouble. My own experience has shown me that roses are peculiar, in responding to the treatment they receive. I have sometimes thought they must be almost feminine in their nature, they are so capricious, growing many times like weeds, and again, under apparently the same circumstances, fading away to their death. Oftentimes I have succeeded so well that I felt certain that I knew all about their propagation and successful culture, only to find that I could not formulate absolutely successful conditions for their culture. It may be a truism to state, that plants when removed from one place to another, from one condition to another, get more or less mutilated, and are diseased, or at least in a condition not to absorb and assimilate plant food. Consequently at such times a liberal supply of food is many times deadly. A rose when moved should, I think, be kept in a partially shaded, even temperature, and the soil just moist, not wet. At such times there is little action by the leaves, and little water or food is needed. When the plant commences to grow, proper nutriment may be given with benefit.
This is the most beautiful and satisfactory flower ever given to man by his Creator, and, if I except some of the more hardy and common varieties, their culture calls for very different treatment from that given ! to Dahlias, Hollyhocks and Pansies.