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Decorative Teas and China Teas
(1919)  Page(s) 75.  
 
The beautiful Irish singles should perhaps come into this group of Tea roses, and right worthily are they fitted for bedding; so also is Alexandra Zarifi, one of the most beautiful of single Roses, with terracotta buds tipped with reddish crimson.
 
(1919)  Page(s) 75.  
 
Alice Hamilton is a bright velvety crimson, but not equal in brilliancy to the true Chinas, Fabvier and Cramoisie Supérieure although larger in blossom.
(1919)  Page(s) 71, 72.  
 
...some of my readers may not have the facilities for growing them in masses. To such I would say, plant as isolated bushes or even use them as low hedges, or against fences, and low walls. It is astonishing to what dimensions some kinds will attain, when allowed to grow unrestricted. No doubt many have seen plants of Marie Van Houtte, Anna Ollivier, and others, covering walls with a dense growth, and if one has patience to wait these Roses are among our best wall plants, far better than the more rampant sorts.

...A trio of near relations are Lady Roberts, Anna Ollivier, and Madame Hoste. The first named is a popular favourite, and rightly so, for its reddish-apricot buds are most effective. It is presumably a sport of Anna Ollivier, and at times its flowers resemble the latter very closely. As with many sports, the more intense the sunshine the more brilliant are the colours. The fawn-coloured elongated buds of Anna Ollivier make this variety a very great favourite for button-holes. Madame Hoste has pale yellow blossoms of large size, glorious in their purity and splendidly free.
(1919)  Page(s) 75.  
 
Queen Mab is very pretty, something like an apricot-coloured Safrano, only smaller; and Arethusa has much the same habit of growth, with clear sulphur-yellow flowers.
 
(1919)  Page(s) 76.  
 
In conclusion, I should first like to name two Roses that appear to me to come within the scope of this article. One is Birdie Blye, a hybrid of Armosa. It is a Rose very seldom seen, but is a fine thing, blooming as late as the old blush China, with fine, bold clusters of a deep pink shade. As vigorous as the old Fellenberg, it deserves a place in every garden.
 
(1919)  Page(s) 76.  
 
Charlotte Klemm must certainly not be overlooked. For a dazzling red colour it holds its own against any other bedding Rose, its flowers open wide and are borne erect
(1919)  Page(s) 75.  
 
Just a few words I must pen regarding the China Teas. I refer to such as Comtesse du Cayla. Why they are grouped with the China or Bengal Roses I cannot imagine, for I believe they are as much a Tea Rose as the old Safrano. The above fine variety needs no praise from me. Judging from the demand for it, it is well known. I have a bed of it that is never pruned, and it has towered up to a height of 5-ft., and is a glorious sight in June, and again in autumn, with buds few or many throughout the intervening period.
(1919)  Page(s) 73.  
 
Another fine red is Comtesse Festetics Hamilton, its flowers are a coppery carmine of pretty shape, and fine in the autumn. Strangely, many of these glorious teas came to us from the sunny Riviera, and I should not be surprised to see more of them, for they seed abundantly. Even from promiscuously sown seed glorious varieties are produced. Amateurs who have friends living out there should beg some of the well-ripened seed pods and sow them in pots, in a sandy compost, and placed in a warm greenhouse. They would obtain some delightful varieties, perhaps even surpassing those already in commerce. The little seedlings should be potted on into tiny pots known as "thimbles" when they show their third leaf and grown on unchecked, and re-potted as required. If these little plants are planted outdoors in June or July, they make fine plants by the fall. It would be necessary to pot them up again for the winter. Any promising kind could be budded in due course, and many of our best bedding Roses have been raised on similar lines.
(1919)  Page(s) 72.  
 
Corallina is a fine bedder and gives a warm glow to the garden during the autumn months. We should pass it by when the galaxy of summer Roses are displaying themselves, but in September it is most gorgeous. I have seen low walls covered with this Rose, and it also makes a fine hedge, but its wood is tender, and often becomes "winter killed," as our American friends term it.
 
(1919)  Page(s) 74.  
 
Dr. Grill, one of the parents of Madame Abel Chatenay was a one-time favourite, but I can never bring myself to admire its gawky growth which it has bequeathed to its popular daughter. Apart from this defect it is very lovely.
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