Perle des Jardins, Cl. (Cl. Tea) [Sport of Perle des Jardins]
American Agriculturist, 48(9): 445 (September 1889)
Few roses have as firm a hold in popular favor, and are so highly prized by the professional and amateur rose-grower alike as the Perle des Jardins. It is not only admirably adapted for forcing, but thrives very well in the open air, blooming freely in either case. Its large, full, well-formed, canary-yellow flowers, borne on stiff stems, make this variety especially desirable for bouquets and artistic floral decorations, while the dark and glaucous foliage of the plant furnishes an excellent setting for the fragrant, delicately hued blossoms. It will no doubt be as much a surprise to our readers as it has been to us to learn that this stately Perle has recently evolved itself into a form which while retaining all the excellent qualities of its progenitors has assumed a climbing habit. This has originated in one of the rose-houses of the John Henderson Co., on Long Island, and the original plant as growing there is accurately depicted in our engraving. Its lateral growth is eighteen feet in each direction from the stem, and we are informed that the plant has carried at one time over one thousand buds and flowers. The climbing habit of this sport was so firmly fixed from the start that not one of all the cuttings taken from it have reverted to the original type, and if there is any perceptible difference between the two it is only that the climbing Perle is even more vigorous and floriferous than the bush form.