27 AUGUST 1948, Page 14

In the Garden Were there a vote among rose-growers for,

say, the six best roses, would any sort be found on all the lists? Perhaps one. You must have a dark red ; and Etoile de Hollande maintains the lead, in scent and colour and vigour, except with those who must have the newest creation. In its colour, McGreedy's yellow seems to me also supreme. Mrs. Van Rossern and Mrs. McGreedy would appear on a good many lists and, among the pinkish sorts; Shot Silk. For myself I could not spare the hundred petals of that sweet-scented cabbage, Dame Edith Helen. But new roses in hundreds are made annually, and doubtless many of the best will be surpassed, perhaps are surpassed.