This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
(P. M., Merwinsville, Conn.)
It is not "perfectly hardy." Without protection it would be killed to the ground, either in your State or this.
I infer from reading your last Magazine that you may not have succeeded very well with the Augusta Rose. I have succeeded so well with one which I hare, that I thought you might be interested to see a specimen of the rose in their different states of development from the bud to the full blown rose. I have accordingly enclosed to you what I regard the finest which I have. Though not as large as the Cloth of Gold it is more fragrant, and, what is more desirable, it is much longer expanding from the bud to a full blown rose, than any rose which I have ever seen. I have had it put out some 11 months. When it was put out it was some 1¼ feet long. It has two main stocks, about 7 feet high each, one of which the gardener says would have been 10 feet high if he had not headed! it down. The lateral branches would average near, or quite, 30 feet long. It had 48 healthy buds, which, from the time they were large enough to be counted until they fall off, will be fully 2½ months. It is on its own root, and, from the hasty description which I have been obliged to make to get the box to you by this morning's express, you will see that it is a strong grower and free bloomer.
The beauty and fragrance of the sample which I now send to you will, I think, establish its reputation as one of the most desirable roses which is now known. - I. Washburn, Worcester.
This letter of Mr. Washburn was mislaid, or it would have appeared before. We are glad to have such good evidence of the character of this rose, which has been the cause of much discussion among cultivators. Such testimony as that of Mr. Washburn and Mr. Rivers is sufficient to show the difference between the Augusta and Solfatare, which by many rose fanciers have been considered identical.
[We publish the foregoing, from Hovey's Magazine of last month, with pleasure, but it must be noted that there is a difference of opinion about the Augusta Rose; many think a comparison with the Solfatare shows it to be identical; it appears that many do not think so, and having been unfortunate with our specimen we shall leave the subject where it is for the present. - Ed].
Some of our readers may remember an account of a new yellow climbing rose, a seedling, described under this name in vol. 4, p. 147. This rose, as we understand, has not yet been sent out, but the whole stock of it is in the possession of Messrs. Thorp, Smith, Hanchett&. Co., of Syracuse. N. Y.
We have just received by express from these nurserymen, a small box containing a branch of the Augusta Rose in good order, and are glad to bear testimony (as far as a single cluster of cut flowers will allow us,) to the beauty of this new variety. The flowers arc a fine yellow, deeper than Cloth of Gold, and deli-ciously fragrant. We learn from those who have seen this new American seedling growing, that it is a fine vigorous climber, with an ever-blooming habit - and have no doubt that it will prove a great aquisition. Messrs. T., S., H. & Co., write us, that "mere cuttings struck in March and April - some of them not more than six inches high, are now in full bloom. Every new shoot blooms freely."