20(774): 201-202 (March 28, 1903)
Prepared by E. G. Hill for the Annual Meeting of the
American Rose Society. Philadelphia, Pa.. March 84, 1903
THERE is little to chronicle relative to the new additions to the Rose family, and especially is this true concerning new varieties suitable for forcing purposes.
Ivory, introduced last year, is a splendid producer of buds and flowers during the winter months; in fact, is considered of unusual merit and value as a white forcing Rose. This variety is thought highly of by nearly all the growers who have given it trial this year, and we hear of large increase to be planted of this variety; this would seem to indicate its popularity and standing. The variety is lacking in foliage, and this is a very pronounced defect, nevertheless the variety has so many good qualities that it more than counterbalances this weak point.
Souv de Pierre Notting.—This variety was supposed to have attributes and qualities which would commend it as a forcing variety. The flower is a beautiful combination of yellow and pink, with the yellow suffusion predominating. It is of good size, produces finely formed buds, but unfortunately so many of the outer petals are defective and lacking in texture that it practically disqualifies the Rose for winter work. This variety should make a fine outdoor bedder in sections where summer bloom is desired. It should also make a fine Rose for massing; its fine foliage, with its deep coloring, lend a charm that is possessed by but a few varieties.
Franz Deegen.—My prediction is that this variety will grow in favor as its winter forcing qualities become better and more generally known. It is a good vigorous grower, producing long canes not unlike those produced by Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, and is remarkably free in producing its buds during the winter months. It likes good culture and thrives with good feed and plenty of it. The color is a charming tint of yellow, which has a depth seen in but few Roses. Would certainly advise a trial of this Rose on at least a limited scale, so that it may have a universal test over the country. This variety has grown in our estimation as we have noted its behavior the past few months.
Perle Von Godesburg.—This was heralded as a yellow sport from Kaiserin Augusta Victoria, but only one bloom out of a great number shows any pure yellow in coloring. It, in fact, has so few flowers that differ from the variety from which it sported that it will hardly pass as a distinct sort. There is, however, a sufficient number of yellow flowers to show its tendency to sport into a distinct variety.
Saxonia.—This is a variety from Germany; it is claimed to be a seedling from Golden Gate; the growth and general makeup of the flower show its relationship to its American parent. It has not been tested sufficiently to determine its winter blooming qualifications, but we are inclined to think well of the variety. It has finer coloring than Golden Gate and is somewhat on the order of Md. Pierre Guillot in its markings and the bud has a much better form.
Duchess of Portland.—This is one of Alex. Dickson's seedlings, and a most magnificent Rose it is. It is larger and of heavier texture than our famous Kaiserin—a truly noble flower, but its neck is so weak that its flowers look down at Mother Earth. This is most unfortunate, for it has many charms to its credit.
Mildred Grant.—Another of Dickson's fine Hybrid Teas, showing its hybrid blood in its growth and form of flower to a most remarkable degree. It is pearl pink in color, a choice, refined flower. This won the English Rose Society's gold medal. In favored places we think this variety will certainly be heard from, especially for garden purposes.
Prince de Bulgaria.—This is a valuable new color in the Hybrid Tea class, buff yellow shaded with apricot; the form of the bloom is not unlike many of the H. Ps., its flower being very prettily shaped, quite full and double. This should make a fine pot variety as well as a choice bedding subject. The petals are too short for its use as a cut flower and we hardly think it would force were it tried.
William Askew.—The plant is of sturdy growth, producing freely its fine large flowers. This is a variety well worth a trial for garden or pot culture. It is one of Mr. Guillot's productions and is possibly the very best of his later varieties.
Laura Wattine.—This is a Soupert production, and we think, here at Richmond, Ind., one of the very best this firm has produced. It is a brilliant dark red, with a fine long bud and a good double flower. It is a cross between Marie Baumann and Caroline Testout. This should make a valuable addition for garden purposes.
The above mentioned varieties have all been flowered here in considerable numbers, and we believe them to be promising Roses in their respective classes. They are the pick of over 100 new introductions of the past two years and are worthy of trial by all lovers of garden Roses.
The prospect of some new American seedling Roses is fairly promising and we anticipate that a few good novelties will be introduced in 1904. The varieties will be grown in considerable quantity, and if past experience is duplicated by these varieties when grown in large numbers, we anticipate a pleasant surprise for American Rose growers.