The Floricultural Cabinet, pp. 241-242 (Nov. 1, 1835)

ARTICLE I.—A Description of Roses. By Mr. T. Rivers, jun„ Nurseryman, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

In attempting a descriptive catalogue of Roses, I hope to be excused errors, which it seems almost impossible wholly to avoid. Roses vary so much in their form and colour in different seasons and situations, as sometimes scarcely to be recognised: I have seen those two dark varieties, George the Fourth and the Tuscany, lose their colour and become blush, and changes as extreme take place in others: what I hope to accomplish is, to give an idea of what they ought to be in form and colour, under favourable circumstances of soil and situations; and where there is so much confusion as at present in the names and arrangement of Roses, to be among the first in attempting a correct nomenclature. This has now become more than ever necessary, as several auction sales of Roses took place the last planting season in London, when many worthless sorts were sold with good names appended to them, and many ancient varieties as "new seedlings." Some of the descriptions to these Roses were as near accuracy as the name given in one of these sale catalogues, to the "hybrid purple Laburnum," viz., "dark-red Laburnum"!! However, this powerful and imposing name tempted many to buy plants at prices varying upwards from 20s. each, although plants of the same variety were selling by many nurserymen at 5s. each. I have noticed these sales on account of the many erroneous names emanating from them, and beg to caution cultivators against admitting them into their Catalogues, till they have made enquiries as to their accuracy.