Horticulture, 7(12): 372 (March 21, 1908)
NOTES ON NEWER ROSES.
(An interview with P. Joseph Lynch, of the Dingee & Conard Co., by G. C. Watson.)
Tausendschon, ("Thousand Beauties,") is perhaps the most important of the newer roses this year and as a seller is making a record. We consider this the most sensational climbing rose yet introduced. In addition to being a grand outdoor rose it is being taken up by the commercial florists as a good Easter plant.
J. B. Clark is not as free blooming as Liberty or Richmond, but is a much more rapid and vigorous grower and the flowers at their best will measure 7 in. across and 5 in. deep, intense scarlet shaded with dark crimson; fragrance, foliage and stem all that could be desired. Hardy as far north as Canada.
"Baby Rambler" was a great seller last year and this season we have two good companions to it—a pink in Annie Muller and a white in Catherine Zeimet.
Etoile de France might be termed a crimson-velvet Cochet, and can be used with propriety along-side of the universally popular white, pink, and yellow Cochets—using in the same connection the Baldwin ("Helen Gould") for red. The flower is almost as large as American Beauty and nearly if not quite as fragrant while the color is is superior.
The eminent horticulturist, M. de Vilmorin, stated recently that we had about reached the limit of improvement among the various classes of garden roses, and that a new species to work up from would be most likely to furnish the best results. He mentioned Rosa rugosa as the most promising subject for the purpose and the rosarians have already started on this stock. In Sir Thomas Lipton we have a valuable variety, a pure white, large and full double, fragrant and a continuous bloomer. The great objection to rugosa is its too, too, thorny stem but efforts will no doubt be made to modify this fault in future varieties.
A good word must be said in passing for Triumph de Pernet Pere. Color vivid crimson, form refined and symmetrical when open—the buds long and pointed. Jean Pernet the celebrated French rosarian thinks this is the best he has yet sent out.
We are more than ever enthusiasts on Killarney and that reminds us of a point which every grower of new roses should remember. For years we could not grow Killarney without a dose of mildew but after the stock got acclimated we began to get this variety in its true form. A grower is almost certain to be disappointed with imported stock the first year or two, and should plant wherever possible the home grown article. Where acclimated stock can be procured it is much preferable to the imported even if the first cost be greater—which it often is not.
The demand for big two and three-year pot-grown plants for May planting is increasing. While these are expensive the desire for immediate and gorgeous effect is so strong among the wealthy—an ever increasing class in our progressive country—that we are constantly improving our facilities in that direction
If you ask us to name the best H.P. red rose we would say Cheshunt Hybrid. Best grower, best color, best foliage, best every way; free flowering, magnificent as to size, Perfect in form.
We like Uncle John, of course, and find the demand for it increasing yearly but we have one even better in Souvenir de Pere Notting which may be truly described as an improved Uncle John.
Among the promising roses for the future not only for the garden but for greenhouse culture we think Intensity and Olivia, both H.T.'s, stand a good show. Intensity is the deepest crimson maroon with large, full double flowers, and quite fragrant. Olivia is a deep rose, almost unique in color, of fine substance and has most beautiful buds.