Website/Catalog (1903) Page(s) 6, 7.
Meteor. Deep, bright crimson; exceedingly free flowering; one of the very best.
Monthly, or Bedding Roses
Meteor. Deep crimson, large bold flower.
Magazine (1903) Page(s) 107.
Rosiers hybrides de thé....The Meteor (Bennett, 1887)
Book (1899) Page(s) 170.
The Meteor, HT, Ewans, 1887, cramoisi foncé
Magazine (1898) Page(s) 287.
The Meteor (Tea) (Veitch). — Vigorous grower ; free flowering ; flowers large, deep crimson.
Meteor. A rich, dark, velvety crimson hybrid tea; a free-bloomer and vigorous
Magazine (1898) Page(s) 125, Aug.13 1989.
In "Hybrid Tea Roses:" No one twenty years ago would have ventured to preduct such a remarkable popularity as the above tribe possesses at the present day...Mme. Germaine Caillot, which now and then is seen in most beautiful condition, was the outcome of the year 1887, as also was The Meteor, which I believe was given away by Mr. Bennett, so little did he value it. A grower in America, however has a far different opinion of it, for he declared quite recently that all other Rose might to so long as he was allowed to retain The Meteor as a crimson forcing variety....
Book (1895) Page(s) 111.
The Meteor, dark crimson.
Book (1895) Page(s) 169.
HT. The Meteor (Bennett 1888). Large, double, dark velvety crimson-red. Excellent forcing rose and "summer-bloomer".
Magazine (16 Aug 1894) Page(s) 30.
The main points required in a forcing rose under the present conditions are a good constitution and its accompaniments, namely, vigorous and rapid growth, strong upright stem, good substance, rich foliage, and immunity from disease; large flowers borne on single stems, with persistent petals of clean color and no tendency to turn purplish; sufficient doubleness of flower to prevent exposing the center when full blown, but not so double as to interfere with free and rapid development of blooms in midwinter; long and steady season of blooming.
Next to the American Beauty in value as a forcing rose stands the Meteor in the estimation of some of the largest growers to-day. Plants of this variety have been in great demand during the past spring and it has now taken its position as the foremost red everblooming rose. A glance at the history of the Meteor will not be out of place here. It was so little thought of by its raiser, Mr. Henry Bennett, that he presented it to Mr. Evans, the purchaser of the Bennett, with the remark "that it might be some use in America but was of no use to him". It remained in Mr. Evans' hands for about eight years, he growing it with indifferent success, and all the slow Philadelphia people concluded that it was not a safe rose to handle. Finally an enterprising New York grower bought it out, stock plants and all. Experiments with it under different conditions soon developed what its special needs under cultivation were, and it has been such a success that it is now considered indispensable by all the leading growers. It is a mistake to condemn a rose too quickly.
Book (1892) Page(s) 287.
Meteor vig., HT Bennett, 1887. Rich dark velvety-crimson, retaining its color well; a constant bloomer, healthy, with no tendency to mildew; admirable for forcing.