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.
Andrew S. Fuller, of the Rural New Yorker, expresses doubt whether any of the newly famous yellow roses are at all superior to the old and well-known " Cloth of Gold," and speaks thus of his experience with it: "More than twenty years ago I purchased a plant of the beautiful Noisette rose, known as the Chromatella, or Cloth of Gold. It has been a favorite of mine ever since, and, although many competitors of a similar color have been introduced, like the Marshal Niel and Isabella Sprunt, still our old rose is without a superior. Like some other varieties of this class, the plants do not bloom very freely upon their own roots until two or three years old, but then they make up for lost time. When grafted or budded upon strong Manetti or other free-growing stocks, the plants will bloom when only a few months old; but the novice in rose culture is very likely to allow suckers to grow from the roots of the stock, thereby robbing the graft of sustenance, soon destroying it. If a person can only have patience, and wait for a plant on its own roots to attain age or size, he will be well repaid in abundance of the most deli-ciously fragrant, large, pale lemon-yellow colored roses that the most enthusiastic admirer of flowers could desire.
A six-year old plant of this old Cloth of Gold rose has been perfuming my greenhouse for several weeks, and to - day it is loaded with dozens of full-blown flowers and half-opened buds; and, upon the whole, it is as grand an ornament as one could wish for conservatory or parlor. Plants of this old rose can be had very cheap of our florists, and no person who loves roses should he without it. If a person has no greenhouse in which to keep the plants in winter, they may he bent down and covered with earth, or dug up and heeled in and then protected with coarse litter or manure."