The Florist and Horticultural Journal, 2(4): 112-113 (Apr 1853)

MR. EDITOR — So many things have been offered for sale that have proved worthless, that it makes one doubt everything new; but the "Lover of Roses" in your last number may come to the conclusion that the Augusta Rose is a fine acquisition to the Noisette family; it is a free bloomer of a good color, and withal as sweet as any Tea rose. Its foliage is remarkably fine, and it no doubt will stand the severity of our winters. I had seen the bloom in 1851, and have now a plant in my possession blooming, and it proves fully equal to what has been said about it. Being of American origin, I wish its introduction on that account; and such a beginning may lead us to as many choice varieties in this family as there are in the Camellia. Of this latter we can be proud in Baltimore, and can compare with all Europe and America. Persevere and encourage the raising of all kinds of seedlings, then we shall have plenty without importing so much trash, or copying from foreign journals to fill our own pages.

JOHN FEAST, Baltimore.

As to the Augusta rose, we saw it at Mr. Fulton's nursery last week, but the bloom was rather far gone; it seemed much like Le Pactole, but larger. The general opinion seems to be that it is not sufficiently distinct from Chromatella for a new name; whether it be more hardy remains to be proven.

There is no doubt that as good seedlings can be raised here as anywhere — there certainly have been as good Camellias; nevertheless, an interchange of plants as well as of ideas is very useful in most cases. — ED. [H. C. Hanson]