Mme Laurette Messimy (China) [Rival de Pestum x Madame Falcot]

Rose Georgina Kingsley: Roses and Rose Growing (1908)

Rev. A Foster-Melliar: The Book Of The Rose (1910)

The Garden (October 24, 1891)

The Garden (October 24, 1891)
PLATE 828.
(with A Coloured Plate Of Rose Laurette Messimy.*)

* Drawn for THE GARDEN by Miss Marie Low from flowers sent from Highfield, Shoreham, Kent. Lithographed and printed by Guillaume Severeyns.

MONTHLY or China Roses are now coming to the front again, and it is very pleasant to feel that their great merits are at last being recognised, and that they are likely in the near future to occupy the prominent position in good gardens they are fully entitled to. They have all the qualifications, bright and varied colours, free growth, and hardy constitution, while at the same time they are the most constant bloomers of all Roses. They arc the fist to open in the early summer and continue to produce their lovely buds and blossoms almost until winter has merged into spring again, a China or Monthly Rose bush in a warm nook being scarcely ever without at least a bud the whole year round. What other group of Roses has such a record? They are perpetual and perennial in the fullest sense. A bed I know of the old Blush has occupied its present position for more than a quarter of a century, and during the last year or two it had been neglected. This spring the worn-out shoots were cut away, the bed top-dressed, the remaining shoots pegged down, and now, mid-October, they are a mass of fresh growth, buds, and open flowers. Their cultivation is of the simplest; they are not in the least fastidious, growing well either in light or heavy staples, perhaps, if anything, preferring that which is light and warm. It must not be inferred from this that they do not repay good culture; on the contrary, just in proportion as they are well planted at first and well fed afterwards, so will they grow vigorously and blossom abundantly. Severe pruning is good for them, though on walls when the earliest possible flowers are wished for, a few shoots may be left their full length. There are a goodly number of varieties all more or less distinct from each other either in colour or habit, from the lovely pumila alba, with its shell-like flowers, and the other pompon varieties which are suitable for the smallest beds or as edgings to small beds, up to the vigorous Crimson Queen or Cramoisie Grimpante, which will climb to the top of a two-storeyed house and bedeck it with rich crimson flowers during most of the year. The original single kind forms a bush 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet high; its crimson blossoms, like brilliant butterflies hovering about, are lovely. I have another very delightful and equally rare kind with single blush-coloured flowers rather more vigorous than the last. Then but once removed from these is the free-growing, semi-double, brilliant scarlet-crimson Gloire des Rosomanes. This for a large bed, interspersed with Fellenberg, equally free, and edged with Cramoisie superieur or Louis Philippe, is most effective. Alfred Aubert, Eugène Beauharnais, Nemesis, Prince Eugène, Prince Charles, and St. Prix de Beuze have crimson flowers of various shades. Beau Carmin de Luxembourg, Belle de Moutza, Confucius, Hermosa, Hebe and Sanglant are pink or rose-coloured. Lemesle is perhaps the handsomest of this colour, deep pink with crimson reverse, which gradually creeps over and suffuses the whole flower; the leaves of this variety have also great substance. Ducher and Rival de Paestum have white flowers. The latter is particularly beautiful, the flowers not very full, but of charming purity and form, and produced in the greatest abundance. The kind so admirably portrayed in the coloured plate is perhaps the most distinct variety which has yet appeared. It is quite unlike in colour any previously known variety. It is not only unique in colour, but of vigorous growth, and one of the most constant bloomers. It was raised by J. B, Guillot, and sent out in 1887. We have in addition, so as to suit all tastes, the old Green Rose, also a China.

China Roses are also amongst the very best of cottage window plants. Many are the instances of specimens, scarcely ever repotted, having grown on from year to year until they had filled up all the space and become a living curtain. T. SMITH. Newry