(Sept. 28, 1901) p. 210
The Noisette Perpetual Roses
This is not a very familiar group, at least under this name. The word "Noisette" calls to mind the old Roses, such as Aimee Vibert, Lamarque, Jaune Desprez, &c, but they have nothing to do with the group under notice, beyond perhaps being used by hybridists in forming the kinds of which the group consists. In most catalogues the Roses properly belonging to the Noisette Perpetuals are classed with the Hybrid Perpetuals, and I see no reason why they should not be. They are certainly "Hybrids," and they also are "Perpetual," which is more than one can say of many kinds in this well known group. Yet there is a great distinction, the flowers of the Noisette Perpetuals being small. Mme. Alfred de Rougemont, Boule de Neige, Baronne de Maynard, Mme. Auguste Perrin, Coquette des Blanches, and Mme. Francois Pittet are the most general kinds grown, and all belonging to this tribe. The first-named has small flowers, but want of size is atoned for by their profusion. It is so delightfully free that it deserves culture either as a bush, pillar, or standard. Although the group blossoms freely all through the summer, it is in September that we seem to value them most. Just now Mme. A. de Rougemont has scores of its neat pinkish white flowers expanded, and the little red buds peering among the open flowers make a very charming picture. Everyone is acquainted with Boule de Neige, and very beautiful it is when perfect, but I think I prefer Baronne de Maynard, for although not so fine in colour its flowers are more uniformly perfect in form. What a fine grower, too, is Coquette des Blanches, just the kind to plant by a low fence. I saw some recently in a villa garden planted beside the iron railings that divided the adjoining garden. The plants were some 6 feet apart, the growths of each plant were spread out fan-like, and looked very pretty when covered with the neat little white buds and blossoms. All the kinds make grand heads in half or full size standards, and by careful thinning of the centre a beautiful spreading head may be secured.