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Those That Fell by the Wayside
 
(1950)  Page(s) 93.  
 
'La France', introduced in 1867 and supposedly the first hybrid tea, is still comparatively popular [in 1950]. It used to grow like a weed and produce blooms in greater abundance than any other variety. I must confess, it now looks very weary beside the newer varieties... 'Marechal Niel' is another grand old rose that has lost much of its nineteenth century glamor. Introduced in 1864, it was one of the leading roses under glass for 50 years...
(1950)  Page(s) 93.  
 
'La France', introduced in 1867 and supposedly the first hybrid tea, is still comparatively popular [in 1950]. It used to grow like a weed and produce blooms in greater abundance than any other variety. I must confess, it now looks very weary beside the newer varieties... 'Marechal Niel' is another grand old rose that has lost much of its nineteenth century glamor. Introduced in 1864, it was one of the leading roses under glass for 50 years...
(1950)  Page(s) 92.  
 
[the author was writing about how some roses deteriorate with age...] Why is it I cannot grow 'Mrs. John Laing' as I grew it 50 years ago? Yes, 50 years ago I could cut 100 perfect blooms from 100 plants; today I cannot cut even one flower that would bear comparison. With monotonous regularity, 'Mrs. John Laing' won medals as the premier bloom at shows...
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