In our last number we gave a drawing and description of one of the finest of all the light-colored Hybrid Perpetual or Remontant Roses, the Caroline de Sansal; now we present a portrait of the best and most brilliant crimson variety of the same class, the Giant of Battles. It is not a new Rose now; it has been seven or eight years in cultivation, and no doubt is as well known to many of the readers of the Horticulturist, as it is to ourselves. It has been well proved to be a first rate Rose, and therefore we feel safe in recommending it to every one who does not possess it, and The plant is of low, dwarfish habit, though perfectly healthy and robust. It blooms quite young, and, when well treated, is scarcely ever out of bloom from the middle of June to the middle of October. Its dwarf, compact habit, makes it one of the very best hardy ever-blooming varieties for bedding out; that is, for forming groups or masses on the lawn after the manner of Verbenas and other bedding plants. Augustine Monchelet, one of the oldest dark rose or crimson colored varieties, is also an excellent variety for this purpose.

There are others, such as the Comte Bobrinski, Standard of Marengo, Marquis Boccella, etc, etc, which we might place in the same category.

The Rose Geant Des Batailles, (Giant Of Battles)


Every year adds new varieties to this class of Roses. Since the introduction of the Geant des Batailles, probably not less than one hundred, good and bad, have been sent out by the French rose-growers and nurserymen. Many of them scarcely ever 6aw the light of day; others, with sounding names, had a temporary run, and fell back into obscurity. A few really good ones have been obtained, but in color none has yet come up to the Giant As our correspondent, Mr. Rivers, one of the best informed rose-growers of this age, said in a recent communication, this variety seems to be the acme in color. "Thus far, and no farther".

The Standard of Marengo is a very brilliant Rose, fiery crimson; but not more than semi-double, and too evanescent.

The Comte Bobrinski is also a brilliant Rose, almost scarlet; but in form, substance, and durability, not to be compared with the Giant.

Auguste Mie, proves to be a very excellent freely remontant variety, a rich rosy-scarlet, like the Coup de Hebe.

Baron Hallez is a fine light crimson variety, a good grower, and free bloomer. Like the Giant of Battles, this variety is quite double, and the petals beautifully imbricated.

S. Lion des combats is a new brilliantly colored Rose of much promise. It is of a reddish-scarlet.

We shall go no further now among names, but close with a word or two about culture.

We have some reason to believe that few people are so generous in the treatment of their Roses, as they should be. Almost every one will admit that the Rose should have a rich soil; but how rich? is the question. To be as specific as possible, we will say that we never knew a rose-bed too rich. Some plants will run all to leaves and wood, if too highly manured, as our friend Pardee says the Strawberry does; but the Rose does not The Perpetual Rose, to bloom constantly, must grow constantly; for it is the young wood, and that only, which gives the Roses. To make a rose-bed or border that would produce a satisfactory disp&y of Roses, a soil two feet deep, made of half sod from an old pasture, and half old hot-bed or well-decayed stable manure, thoroughly incorporated, may safely be recommended. A rose-soil should be pretty compact; that is, it should have in it a pretty large proportion of clay- The roots of the Rose, as is well known, have few fibres, depending on a few large roots, and these in a light soil are neither sufficient to hold it in its place, nor to take uo a sufficient supply of food.

A stiff, moist, (but well drained,) and rich soil for the Rose. Those whose rose-bed or borders are suffering from poverty, should at once take up the plants, prune them, and improve the soIL. If this be altogether too much trouble, give them a liberal top-dressing of night-soil this winter. Don't be afraid of having your rose-soil too rich.