The Gardeners’ Chronicle 1(35): 566 (Aug. 28, 1841)

Paris, August 12, 1841.—Roses.—The season has been hitherto extremely inauspicious for all kinds of Roses, and with the exception of those which bloomed early in May, very few have been at all in character; the delicious fragrance and lustrous colouring which usually adorn the roses of France and more southern climates have been altogether wanting this summer, in consequence of the Succession of storms, cold winds, and rain, which have prevailed ever since the end of May; it is therefore hardly fair to form an opinion of the new varieties which were sent out last autumn, and as the best of the older ones have been fully described in the Chronicle during the recent exhibitions, I shall only make mention of some seedlings not yet in the trade. Among the tens of thousands annually raised, but very few are sufficiently good and distinct to be worth saving. and I believe none of first-rate excellence were obtained last year either at the Luxembourg, Neuilly, Montmorency, Angers, or Lyons; by far the best that l have seen are those of Mons. Desprez, who is the most successful amateur cultivator of Bengals, Bourbons, and hybrid Chinas in France; he has made this branch of horticulture his particular study for the last twenty years, and that splendid variety, “Jaune Desprez,” will forever perpetuate his fame. His seedlings of this year number nearly 20,000, of which 700 or 800 are from Glorie des Rosomènes. but very few of these have yet bloomed. The Horticultural Company of Mont Parnasse bought 12 or 15 varieties of him in 1838 and 1839, since which he has not disposed of any of his stock; his flowers, Dr. Rocques. Madame Desprez, Elise Lemare, Jaune Desprez, Carmine D'Yebles, Madame Roussell, &c. &c., give full proof of his skill and perseverance, and at the same time afford a sufficient guarantee that none but flowers of first-rate qualities are put into commerce by him. Malgré the wretched rainy weather and havoc caused by the ver blanc, I remarked several fine things in his seed-beds of 1839 and 1840. Letters Y.Y.—Bourbon, splendid large flower, very double, fine form, dark carmine-purple, and immense bloomer. X.D.—Bourbon, rose-purple, spotted white, large and cupped. N.4.—Bourbon, lilac-purple, an exceedingly free bloomer, and very pretty, but not large. Y.F.—Bourbon, rose-purple, fine large, well-made flower. J.—Thé cream-marbled Apricot, very fine and large. L.5.—Thé sulphur and yellow, fine and large. J.R.—Bengal, dark carmine, large and fine. T.E.—-Hybrid Perpetual, dark rose-carmine, shaded violet, large fine flower. X.L.—-Hybrid Perpetual, dark rose-lilac, fine, but not very large. R.6.—Perpetual, rosy-blush, or peach colour, very fine large flower. 1 am not aware that any proposition has been made to him for these Roses, but 1 know that they are thought very highly of by the trade here, and I think acme of our English growers would find it a profitable speculation to enter into an arrangement with him for the stock. His address is "Mons. Desprez, Propriétaire, à Yebles, prés Guygnes, Seine-et-Marne"—(his family understand and speak English). Mons. Souchet has also raised several good Bourbons, but unfortunately most of them are too nearly allied to known varieties; there is one, however, very fine and distinct, a dark crimson, large, and of fine form; this is entirely in his own hands, and he wants about 15l. for the stock. M. Cornu has obtained a hybrid Perpetual, something in the way of Fulgorie as to colour, with the habit of Rose du Roi; this will be sent out in plants in the autumn, and is a decided acquisition. There are many other novelties to come out, but as Roses here are very much like the Dahlias in England, some few fine, and a great many very indifferent, I shall not trouble you with any description of those I have not myself seen.

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