The Florist and Garden Miscellany p. 123 (June 1851)
A HINT ON THE OUT-DOOR CULTURE OF TEA-SCENTED ROSES.
A. A.

Being an ardent admirer of Roses, but more particularly of the Tea-scented varieties, the culture of which I have pursued with great success for several years, I am induced to offer a few remarks, thinking if my system were more generally known and adopted, it would greatly tend to improve that beautiful class of flowers, both as regards longevity, size, and blooms. All who are in the habit of buying Standard Tea- Roses must have found that, even with the best culture, most of them are very short-lived : this circumstance induced me to bud a few of the best sorts on the White Banksia, a stock known to be exceedingly vigorous. I well recollect a few years ago being in the garden of a friend, where I found some of the most superb blooms of Eliza Sauvage I had ever seen, and upon inquiry I was told that it was budded on the Banksia; this induced me to try the experiment, and I have ever since had the finest flowers that could possibly be produced. There are two large White Banksias occupying a south-west wall in my garden; on these I have strong plants of Eliza Sauvage, Moire, Devoniensis, Josephine, Malton, Goubault, Safranot, Smith's Yellow, Vicomtesse de Cazes, Cloth of Gold, and Pactolus. There are also on them good plants of Geant des Batailles, Duchess of Sutherland, La Reine, (Hybrid Perpetuals,) Souvenir de la Malmaison, Reine des Vierges, and Acldalie, besides several buds of the best Teas, which were inserted last autumn; all are doing well, and the established plants bloom most beautifully. It is worthy of remark that the Cloth of Gold is growing on a very old stem of the Banksia; in fact, it is more than half denuded of its bark, and the plant even now shews an abundance of flower-buds, and has always evinced a greater disposition to bloom than any other I possess. One more suggestion I cannot help offering, viz. that should any of your readers have a south-west wall unoccupied, they cannot do better than plant it with Banksias; it will soon be covered; and when the midsummer shoots are strong enough, bud them with any of the Roses I have mentioned, and they will be amply repaid by having a fine display of blooms from May till November.