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.
Prominent among the many acquisitions added to the rose family during 73, is the new white tea rose Binqui. Decidedly this is a novelty possessing those rare charms that makes the rose a favorite gem throughout the universe.
The modest and sublime appearance of this genus among the other new things in my collection, induced me to note it for The Horticulturist in my own humble way. Having received this rose, while yet very small, from Peter Henderson's rose houses, I nurtured it with care so that I could the more readily judge of its merits. The plant when received, had four inches of erect stem with several small leaflets. A bud of a corresponding size had already formed, and was making rapid strides to its full development. The dutiful little plant bloomed two weeks in a manner that a rose grower would call very profuse, and would have continued longer had I not stayed its smiles with a view to grow it as a specimen plant. I now plucked the old peduncles together with a new bud that was forming, suffered a portion of its leaves to wither, and repotted into a larger size, adding a little fine sand and a liberal portion of well rotted chicken mould; this done, I plunged it in the ground in a warm exposure out doors, and it there remained to await results.
Two months work marvelous changes rose Binqui is no more recognized as the small, tender, single-stemmed thing that it used to be. My expectations are doubly realized, the plant has grown to an astonishing proportion, and blooming with an inexhaustible vigor that I have not perceived in anything of the kind. Branched low, it forms a symmetrical bush without the aid of artificial pinching or pruning. Leaves dark green, thin, oblong, and very smooth, slightly orange color round the sharply serrated margin. Buds beautifully formed, large and compact, petals pure white, large and very fragrant. - A Western Horticulturist.
Peter Henderson says that experiments with pure water, sawdust, charcoal, anthracite, brick-dust, and sands of all colors and textures, showed that cuttings placed in each, in the same temperature rooted almost simultaneously and equally well. A sharp snap this at pretentious scientists.