As we contemplate another round of winter weather, for an antidote, why not contemplate another page from the 1898 Carr Nursery catalog? The modest exterior of the building would not lead one to believe that the business was devoted to romantic and beautiful products.
Many of the hybrid perpetuals are still sold today (you may well have one in your own yard), but what leads to certain varieties lasting through the ages and other fading out of popularity? Of the two non-rose plants promoted on this page, the Umbrella Plant is still going strong, but the Otaheite Orange seems to have vanished.
As before, a transcription follows the image of the page, and links to contemporary color images (when possible) are added. Previous pages can be found here, here and here.
Catalog page 5
Hybrid Perpetural Roses — Hardy Everywhere. Growing and Increasing in Beauty Each Season — Price 10 c. each. 3 for 25 cts.
General Jacqueminot. —A rich, velvety-crimson. A magnificent Rose, equally beautiful in the bud state or open. This is the best known of all Hybrid Perpetuals, and is without a rival in fragrance and richness of color. It is, moreover, as easy of cultivation as many of the more common varieties; perfectly hardy.
New Hardy Rose, Gloire de Lyonnaise [note misspelling]. —This grand Rose is the only yellow Hybrid Perpetual we have. It cannot be called deep yellow, but rather a pale shade of chamois or salmon-yellow, deepest at center, sometimes passing to a rich, creamy-white, finely tinted orange and fawn. The flowers have all the beauty of the Tea Roses, are large and full, and delightfully sweet. This we consider one of the very best Roses we have ever seen. It will be sure to delight you.
Ball of Snow (Boule de Neige). —A finely-formed, pure white Rose, occasionally shows light flesh when first opening. Beautiful, shell-shaped petals, evenly arranged, flowers of good size.
New Hardy Rose, Oscar II, King of Sweden. —This is by far the richest Rose yet introduced. It is so intense in color that the exclamation on seeing it is, “Oh, that lovely black Rose!” It is very velvety in texture. A most superb Rose, and one that will always be found in the standard list of Roses as it has come to stay. You should try it.
Hardy Perpetual-Blooming Rose, Madame Charles Wood. —A true perpetual bloomer. Begins to bloom almost as soon as planted, and continues all through the season. The flowers are extra large, very double and full, quite fragrant. Color a bright, fiery scarlet, passing to a fine rosy-crimson, elegantly shaded with maroon. Very showy and handsome; one of the best Roses ever introduced for general planting.
Paul Neyron. —A magnificent Rose. Immense flowers. One of the largest and finest of all. A clear, shining pink, very double, full and fragrant, excellent bloomer. Grand every way.
Magna Charta. —Extra large, full flowers of unusual depth and substance. A bright, rosy-pink. Very grand. A profuse bloomer.
Coquette des Blanches. —One of the finest white Hybrid Perpetuals. Flowers large, pure snow-white, very double, full and fragrant, a constant bloomer. One of the best.
Coquette des Alps [another misspelling]. —A lovely pure white Rose. Very full and free in flower. Delicious fragrance.
Cyperus Alternafolius, Umbrella Plant
This is a plant of the easiest culture, and a large specimen is as handsome as a Palm for decoration. It makes a handsome pot plant, or can be used in baskets or vases, making a charming effect. It will grow luxuriantly in water, and is, therefore, indispensable for aquariums or fountains. Try it. It is a handsome, easy-growing plant. Price, 8 cents each; four for 25 cents.
The more we see of this unique Orange the better we like it. It is one of the real good things that we feel safe in recommending. We know it will please all. It is a dwarf reproduction of the genuine fruit-being Orange tree, the flower being identical. It flowers and fruits in pots, es exceedingly floriferous, blooming almost continuously. The fragrance of the flowers is simply delicious, and with one or two plants one can have a generous supply of highly prized and much coveted orange blossoms. It fruits immediately after flowering. The fruit measures about three inches in diameter, and, while not so strongly flavored as an ordinary orange, it is quite edible, the difference being but slight. Price, good plants, 10 cents each; large, strong plants, to bloom profusely at once, 25 to 40 cents each, according to size.