15 SEPTEMBER 1950, Page 12


Of the roses I have planted recently the best doer—in perfection of individual blossom as in number of flowers and brightness of foliage—is undoubtedly " McGreedy's Yellow." Others may smell more sweetly and excel in colour, but in the quality of doing well this variety clearly wins. The bed happens to have some non-rosarian points of interest. Annual carnations of French origin were planted round the edge and the range of colours is astonishing. One strange blossom has half the petals white, half scarlet. The whole type is an immense addition to our gardens. They look as if they would go on flowering freely for months. Again, to protect these carnations which are peculiarly enjoyed by young rabbits, a tarred string Was stretched round the bed, a couple of inches high, and proved entirely effective. It was stretched from little sticks taken from a Jelled poplar ; and almost all these unwanted cuttings have come into leaf, so that the bed now carries a green edging of poplar leaves I