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.
Your correspondent, Edwin Lonsdale, in the July number, in noticing the Tea Rose "Duke of Connaught," states: ' There are few roses will pay as well as the Duke. Will the ' William Francis Bennett?' "Having raised both of these roses, I think I can speak with some authority. Of course I cannot tell how these individual roses do in the States, but here the latter pays ten times as well as the former. "William Francis Bennett" i is the earliest and most persistent bloomer. I generally house them on the 1st of December, and have always had the first cutting not later than the 15th of January; it has never failed to flower in six weeks after being started, even in our dull, smoky atmosphere. In 1883 we began cutting the first week in January, and took cuttings daily (Sundays excepted) till the 1st of July; the plants were then turned out a perfect blaze of bloom. The price for blooms was from 10s. per dozen to 2s. 6d. per dozen (the lowest price). The plants were grown in pots six inches in diameter, were not shifted all the time, and had only a very little manure-water. I have never met with any rose that would produce half the quantity of blooms under glass.
There is an error in stating this rose to be a seedling from Baroness Rothschild; it was seeded from Adam, or President, crossed with Xavier Olibo. I have been trying all I can to get a seedling from the same cross, without success.
Perhaps it may interest your readers to know on authority that "William F. Bennett" will, in all probability, be in commerce in May, 1885, as, at the request of so many of my correspondents, wishing to possess this rose, I think it only right to withdraw the restriction. The matter is now in Mr. Evans' hands, as to the price and time of distribution.
I have been growing Sunset and Perle des Jar-dins under precisely similar circumstances, and "they appear identical in growth and habit, but the blooms of Sunset are not quite so full, which I think an advantage. It is almost sure to be a popular rose. Perle des Jardins is not a profitable rose under glass, with me. I can always get the second batch of William F. Bennett before I can cut a single bloom of Perle des Jardins.
Shepperton, Middlesex, England.
[Are we to understand from Mr. Bennett's communication, that from a lot of the Duke of Con-naught and an equal lot of the W. F. Bennett, the two grown under the same circumstances, that for every $100 produced by the former the latter will yield $1000? This is what we should understand by "pays" in this country. - Ed. G. M].