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without protection. Some of the varieties are much more robust and vigorous than others, and equally beautiful as those of more delicate habits ; it will therefore be scarcely worth while to grow any but what are of known hardihood and vigour. I have pointed out some of these in my notices, but time can only make a knowledge of their habits more perfect. Worked plants of Tea-scented Roses force very well: they do not require to be established one year in pots, for if only potted in October or November, and forced with a gentle heat, in January and February they will bloom finely; in March and April the extreme beauty of their foliage and flowers will amply repay the attention given to them, as they have a peculiar softness and delicacy of appearance when forced and growing luxuriantly.
THE MINIATURE ROSE.
In the botanical catalogues, this curious little rose is said to have been introduced from China in 1810, and botanists have made it a species; but like the Rose de Meaux and Pompon Roses, which are dwarf varieties of Rosa centifolia, this is undoubtedly nothing but a dwarf seminal variety of the common Chinese Rose. Many plants that have been long under cultivation have a tendency to produce from seed these pigmy likenesses of themselves : among these little s faerie queens,” Caprice des Dames is a pretty morsel of beauty, with vivid rose-coloured flowers. Gloire des Lawrenceanas is one of the prettiest of the tribe ; its flowers are of a dark crimson, and larger than those of any other variety. Jenny and Lilliputienne are both of them brightcoloured and pretty roses. Nigra has not black flowers, but
they are of the darkest crimson, and very pretty. This was named by some florist, with that exaggeration peculiar to the craft; this is not done by the florist wilfully to deceive, but is merely given as descriptive of what he wishes the flower to be, rather than of what it really is. Brugmansia sanguinea is a case in point; and many other sanguineas and coccineas might be mentioned, in which the colours of the flowers which bear those imposing names, approach to any thing rather than blood or scarlet. To return to roses, Pallida is the only variety in this division approaching to white. Its flowers, when they first open, are nearly of pure white, but they soon change to a pale fleshcolour: this is rather a delicate rose, seeming very impatient of cold and damp. Petite Laponne is a brilliant little rose, quite worthy a place in the group, as is also Retour du Printemps, which is different from all the others; its pretty little flowers being surrounded by a leafy calyx, and the whole plant tinged with a reddish colouring matter.
These roses are all very impatient of moisture, and in all moist soils require a very dry warm raised border. I have not yet had an opportunity of seeing them grow in dry soils, but I think it probable that the light sandy soils of Surrey would suit them admirably. In cold situations it will be advisable to grow them constantly in pots, protecting them in a cold pit or frame till January, and then, if required to bloom early, remove them to a warm situation in the greenhouse, or force them with the Tea-scented Roses. A collection of these little rose bushes, covered with their bright flowers in March and April, will be found one of the most eligible and unique ornaments for the drawing-room.
THE NOISETTE ROSE.
The original of this remarkable group, the “ Blush Noisette” rose, was raised from seed in America, by Monsieur Philippe Noisette, and sent by him to his brother Monsieur Louis Noisette, the well-known nurseryman at Paris, in the year 1817. Perhaps no new rose was ever so much admired as this. When first introduced, its habit was so peculiar and so unlike any other known variety, that the Parisian amateurs were quite enraptured with it. It was produced from the seed of the old Musk Rose (Rosa moschata), the flowers of which had been fertilised with the common Chinese Rose. The perfume of the musk rose is very apparent : its tendency to bloom in large clusters also shows its affinity to that old and very remarkable rose; but since its introduction to France, so many seedlings have been raised from it, and so many of these are evidently hybrids of the Teascented and other roses, that some of the roses called “Noisettes ” have almost lost the characters of the group; for in proportion as the size of the flowers have been increased by hybridising, their clustering tendency and the number of them in one corymb has been diminished. Among the varieties most deserving of notice is Aimée Vibert, or “Rosa nivea,” a seedling from the Rosa sempervivens plena, which it resembles, but much surpasses its parent in the valuable quality of autumnal blooming. Nothing can be prettier than a large plant of Aimée Vibert Noisette, covered with its snow-white flowers, in September and October. Andreselle is a fine lilac rose, in colour like that old variety Noisette Bougainville, but much superior in the size and shape of its flowers. Ariel is a fine and vigorous growing rose, blooming in immense corymbs; it's flowers are of the most delicate
blush, tinged with buff: this is a distinct and pretty variety. Belle Violette is a genuine Noisette, and a very neat and pretty little rose; its flowers are of a rosy lilac, and very distinct and good. Pelle Antonine is a pillar Noisette, of very robust habit, with flowers delicately coloured and well shaped. In designating some of these as pillar Noisettes, those varieties that are very vigorous growers, making long and flexible shoots, are intended. Boulogne is one of the few dark-coloured Noisettes, and when first its flowers open they are very beautiful, their colour being a dark crimson purple. Beurre frais is singular, but scarcely double enough; its delicate butter-colour soon changes to white in the sun. Bouquet tout fait, a pillar Noisette, is a most vigorous grower, forming immense corymbs ; this may be taken for the original Noisette at first sight, but it is more fragrant, and its flowers buff towards their centre. Belle Marsellaise is a new and pretty shaded rose, very distinct and good. Camellia rose, but not the Camellia rose of the French catalogues, is a pillar Noisette of first-rate excellence, with large and finely-shaped bright red flowers and a most luxuriant grower. Cadot is also a pillar Noisette, with large and very double flowers, a good and distinct variety. Cerise is also a pillar Noise
e is also a pillar Noisette equal to either of the foregoing; its large and deep-coloured globular flowers, of a deep rosy purple, are beautiful at any time and in any situation. Charles X. is a pretty rose in very dry weather, but in moist weather its buds will not open, neither will it live long as a standard, never forming a proper union with the stock. Castalie is a new variety, of a delicate flesh colour, very distinct and pretty. Chloris is also new, and a very beautiful bright rose-coloured Noisette, blooming in large corymbs ; its flowers are also very fragrant. . Clarisse Harlowe is a pillar-rose, of first-rate excellence; its flowers are very large and double, and its growth excessively vigorous, so that it soon forms a large column. Fellemberg is a Noisette, well deserving of praise, if only for its
brilliant crimson. It is but a short time since a bright crimson Noisette did not exist; this rose, when grown luxuriantly, is a most charming plant. Grandiflora is a very old rose, but mentioned here that its synonymes may be given: as “ Noisette Lee,” “ Blush Perpetual China," and “ Triomphe des Noisettes.” It has been extensively cultivated. Hardy is a pillar Noisette, quite worth cul. tivation ; its large pale flowers have a deep rose and buff centre ; its habits are so vigorous, that it will shoot from six to eight feet in one season. Jaune Desprez, or the new French Yellow Noisette, is a well-known and much esteemed rose; as a pillar or a standard it is equally beautiful; its fragrance is also very remarkable. This was originated by M. Desprez about seven years since, and is still, and will be for some time to come, a very popular rose. It is, most probably, a hybrid between the Yellow Chinese and a Noisette rose of some kind ; it sold for a high price in France, when first sent forth to the rose world, as its name was very tempting, for a yellow fragrant Noisette rose was thought to be worth any price. The name, like many other floral names, was, certainly, quite calculated to make an impression. Its rosy copper-coloured flowers are very singular, and so powerfully fragrant, that one plant will perfume a large garden in the cool weather of autumn. A pillar of this rose, twelve or twenty feet high, would be a grand object on a well-kept lawn. Lamarque is another hybrid Noisette, approaching to the tea-scented rose, in the size and fragrance of its flowers. This is a most vigorous grower, but not quite so hardy as Jaune Desprez. As a standard it is quite superb, for its large pale sulphur-coloured or nearly white flowers, are pendant from their weight, and have a fine effect. It is rather impatient of cold, and will not bloom unless budded on some strong growing rose; on its own root it is a weak grower, and scarcely like the same rose when grafted and grown vigorously. Lelieur is a pretty little dark purplish crimson rose, and deservedly a favourite, as its