Horticulturist, 1: 705 (June 1, 1889)
Marechal Niel and Lamarque
A. D.

WHITE ROSES.—I am greatly amused at the suggestion on the part of "S" that I should try Noisette Lamarque as a white Rose. My first acquaintance with that pretty and pure variety, dates 40 years back, when it was grown in the garden in which I was employed, as a standard with Aimee Vibert, Jaune Desprez, Queen of the Bourbons, and other varieties hardly found as standard sorts to-day. But then, hybrid perpetuals and Tea Roses were scarce, and the most had to be made of what varieties afforded. I have grown Lamarque as a house Rose since. Like Marechal Niel it needs a lot of room, but then unlike the Marechal its blooms are but buds, fit perhaps for button-holes, but in the half expanded state they are hardly worthy the designation of Roses. When fully expanded, the flowers are like inverted Mushrooms, and very loose. Such a variety, except for its buds, has little market value. I have found Lamarque worked on the briar to prove a first-rate stock for Marechal Niel; indeed, there can be no doubt but that double working is not only for the Marechal but for some other choice Roses, a good plan. The Marechal, for instance, when worked direct on to the briar presently assumes a gouty form. That arises from the fact that the affinity between the stock and the scion is not effective, and whilst sap ascends it seems incapable of passing downward into the stock, and hence the gouty or gnarled formation. But by working a strong growing climber like Lamarque on to the briar, perfect affinity of action is created, and when the Noisette has thoroughly distended the stock, then the Marechal Niel worked on to the Noisette continues the process fully, and the joint growth throughout is remarkably robust and healthy. We want a white Marechal Niel, or one at least as good. Is there not amidst our wealth of Teas one pure white, which may be recommended as a companion to that golden climber?