Chronicle, no. 22: 376 (June 3, 1843)
CALENDAR OF OPERATIONS for the ensuing week.
Shrubland Park Gardens.
All the China, Tea-scented, and Bourbon Roses, that have been forced since last Christmas will now be on the decline, and should be well pruned back, and all the weaker shoots cut out entirely. There are many of them so fertile for blooming as to continue in flower yet for months; but it would be bad management to let them do so, as there will be no want of Roses for the next six weeks. If these plants were now repotted, shaking away the greater portion of the soil from their roots, and placed in a shady situation for about two months, pinching out what flower-buds they make during that time, they would be in a fine condition for autumn use in the conservatory. Large plants of Sweet Briars that have also been forced throughout the winter should now be entirely cut down to the surface of the pots, and placed in a shaded place. It will not answer to prune briars, that have been forced, like other Roses. They get so hard in the wood by being constantly deprived of their foliage, that nothing short of cutting down will bring them about again; but by this system the same plants will do for years, and answer better than young ones. The very gayest bed on the lawn in autumn might be made by the following high-coloured Roses, which are of nearly the same tints of scarlet and crimson. Suppose the bed to be a circle, place Gloire de rosamene in the centre, and tie it up to a stake, it being of a half-climbing nature. Then a circle of Cramoisie éblouisante and C. supérieure; then Henry the Vth and Saint-Pern; the next circle of Fabvier; and the last, next the grass, Psyche, which is a Bourbon, but differs little from the rest in foliage. This is about the time to plant out these; and any Rose-grower can furnish a large bed of them for a few shillings, as they are all cheap ones. Indeed, their cheapness and high colours were my reason for pointing them out.