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Roses and Rose Growing   By: (1845-)

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ROSES AND ROSE GROWING

[Illustration: SINGLE HYBRID TEA.

IRISH ELEGANCE.]

ROSES AND ROSE GROWING

BY ROSE G. KINGSLEY

OFFICIER DE L'INSTRUCTION PUBLIQUE

AUTHOR OF "EVERSLEY GARDENS," ETC., ETC.

WITH A CHAPTER ON "HOW TO GROW ROSES FOR EXHIBITION," BY THE REV. F. PAGE ROBERTS, VICE PRESIDENT NATIONAL ROSE SOCIETY, F.R.H.S.

WITH TWENTY EIGHT FULL PAGE COLOURED, AND NINE HALF TONE, ILLUSTRATIONS AND DIAGRAMS

WHITTAKER & CO. 2 WHITE HART STREET, PATERNOSTER SQUARE, LONDON, E.C. AND 64 66 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK

RICHARD CLAY & SONS, LIMITED, BREAD STREET HILL, E.C., AND BUNGAY, SUFFOLK.

PREFACE

SOME time ago it was suggested, by certain rose lovers and enthusiasts, that the practical experience of an amateur, brought up from childhood to love and cultivate roses, might be of use to other owners of small gardens, who, like herself, tend their roses themselves. And in the hope that this might be the case, I undertook to write this little book. My text book in this labour of love has been an old copy, which belonged to my father when he settled at Eversley in 1844, of The Rose Amateur's Guide , by that veteran rose grower, the late Thomas Rivers. I am also greatly indebted to the Rev. J. H. Pemberton's learned and admirable work, Roses, their History, Development, and Cultivation , published early this year; and to the various publications of the National Rose Society.

As one branch, however, of the cultivation of roses is a sealed book to me, for I am only an amateur who does not exhibit, I felt that no work on rose growing would be complete without a chapter which should help those who wish to do so. And here I was indeed fortunate in obtaining the help of so distinguished an authority as my friend and neighbour, Rev. F. Page Roberts, Vice President of the National Rose Society. My grateful thanks are due to him for the delightful chapter, the last in the book, on "How to grow Roses for Exhibition." And I feel that to have his name on the title page is an honour of which I cannot be too proud.

As to the illustrations, it should be borne in mind that they are not intended to represent exhibition roses, but merely ordinary blooms, typical of the various kinds of garden roses. The colour prints have been admirably carried out by Messrs. Swain and Son of Barnet, by their new process of colour printing. My friend, Miss Emily Jubb, has supplied several of the original photographs of roses and of pruning, from specimens in my own garden; and to her I offer my warm thanks. Thanks are also due to Mr. Wm. Paul of Waltham Cross nurseries, and to Mr. Henry Nicholson of New Barnet, for their kindness in furnishing Messrs. Swain and Son with all the other specimen flowers for the plates. In fact, without Mr. Nicholson's ready help in a supplying a large proportion of the subjects from his own garden, it would have been difficult to carry out the scheme of illustration.

If this humble record of my own practical experience, its failures, and its successes, is the means of encouraging others in the cultivation of roses, I can only wish them the interest, delight, and healthful relaxation of tired body and mind, which this pursuit has afforded me for many a long year.

ROSE G. KINGSLEY

Keys, Eversley, Hants, Nov. 6, 1908.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE I. MAKING AND PLANTING A ROSE GARDEN 1 II. PRUNING AND PROPAGATING 15 III. SUMMER FLOWERING ROSES OLD AND NEW 37 IV. CLIMBING ROSES SUMMER FLOWERING 52 V. CLIMBING ROSES AUTUMN FLOWERING 68 VI. TEA ROSES 80 VII. HYBRID TEA ROSES 93 VIII... Continue reading book >>




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