I send you by mail to-day a few buds of the Tea Rose, Etoile de Lyon, cut from a lot of plants in open ground. The very heavy rains of the past few days have injured them a little. The plants from which the buds were cut were planted in my garden in June 1886; they were small plants from 2 1/2-inch pots, made a good growth and produced a fine lot of bloom the first season. They were planted in a long bed with Anna de Diesbach. I did not expect they would survive the winter as the location is very exposed. In this connection I should state I had four rows in the bed: the 1st, Genl. Jacqueminot; 2d, Safrano; 3d, Duchess Brabant and Regulus; 4th, Anna Diesbach and Etoile de Lyon. The bed had only a light dressing of coarse manure thrown over the surface late in fall which was all the protection the plants had; the following spring this was raked off. When pruning the plants last March I pulled up all the Tea roses except the Safrano and Etoile de Lyon as they seemed to have survived the winter better than the other varieties of Tea roses.

The plants were cut close to the ground and started to grow right along and have given a fine lot of buds and flowers since last June; the Etoile de Lyon plants have given more buds and good flowers than the Safrano; the plants received only ordinary farm culture.

[These flowers were fully equal to the best grown under glass. - Ed. G. M].

West Grove, Fa.