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Dr. Jackson in the chair. The subjects exhibited on this occasion which more immediately concern the florist were an interesting collection of Hyacinths from Messrs. Henderson's Nursery, Pine-Apple Place.
Of Blues it comprised Emicus; Prince Van Saxe Weimar, double; L'Ami Coeur; Vulcan; Richard Coeur de Lion; Le Plus Noir; Graaf Van Nassau; Tubal Cain; Charles Dickens, William the First. - Pale blue, with lighter tubes: Laurens Koster, double; Grande Vidette (one of the best); A la Mode, double; Orondates; Passe Tout; Prince Frederic, double. - White: La Can-deur; Madame Talleyrand; Virgo; States General; Helene; Victoria Regina; Grande Vidette (one of the best). Red: Van Speyke; L'Eclair; Appelius; Panorama; La Dame du Lac; Talma; Lord Wellington; Waterloo, double; Norma. - Black, or nearly so: Prince Albert. - Pturn-coloured: L'Unique, a very desirable variety on account of its colour.
Messrs. Veitch shewed Camellia Storyi, a variety somewhat resembling Imbricata. It is described at p. 101 of our first Volume, and we are glad to find that it still maintains the favourable character there given of it.
W. W. Salmon, Esq. in the chair. A beautiful exhibition of cut flowers of Rhododendrons came from the Dowager Duchess of Northumberland's garden at Sion. These had compact heads of flowers as large as those of the red Rhododendron arboreum, and exhibited the most exquisite delicacy of colour. The three best were Clivianum, Syonense, and Percyanum. The two first-named kinds were delicate pink, with the upper petals of each flower richly covered with deep crimson spots. Percyanum was somewhat smaller, and free from spots, but veined with deeper pink. It was stated that they had been obtained by crossing Catawbiense, or the white Pontic Rhododendron, with the white Rhododendron arboreum. They have been found to be quite hardy; they had been growing in the open border until the flower-buds were about to open, when they were lifted, and flowered under glass. This practice, or that of covering the plants where they grow, so as to give shelter to the flowers, which are apt to be injured by the weather, was recommended in all cases where fine blooms are required.
Messrs. Henderson, of Pine-Apple Place, again exhibited a beautiful collection of Hyacinths. The double ones are marked with D, the single ones with S.
Pink: Prince of Wales, D; Monsieur de Taesch, S; Acteur, D; Comtesse de la Coste, D; Bouquet Royal, D; Perruque Royal, D; Triumph Blandina, D; Professor Lindley, D; Duchess de Parma, D. - White: Minerva, D; La Ves-tale, D (one of the best whites); Ne-plus-ultra, D; Grande Blanche Impe-riale, S; Don Gratuit, D. - Red: Sans Souci, D; Mars, S. - Dark blue: Alfred the Great, D; Quentin Durward, S; Bouquet Pourpre, D. - Pale blue: Grand Sultan, D; Globe Terrestre, D; Oscar, S; Robinson, S; Bloxburgh, D; Parmenio, D; King of the Netherlands, D; Paartboots, D; Mignonette de Dryfhout, D; Comtesse de St. Proust, D. - Cream: Groot Voorst, D. - Yellow: Hermann Sange, D.
Mr. Turner, of the Royal Nursery, Slough, shewed a nice pan of Pansies. We did not expect to see Pansies so large and in such variety at this early period; it confirms the opinion expressed in The Florist that these flowers can be had in bloom from March till November.
The colours of some were particularly rich. The Duke of Norfolk, figured in this Number, was very conspicuous in this respect, and was much larger than represented. The second variety in our illustration was also very good, as were those marked thus *.
It contained *Thomson's Constellation, Hooper's Mary Jane, *Nasmyth's Miss. M. Hamilton, Hooper's Brutus, *Bell's Lord John Russell and *Duke of Norfolk, *Tumer's Charmer and Commodore, Bell's Climax, *Turner's Miss Edwards, Bell's Aurora, *Youell's Supreme, Turner's Surplice and *Mrs. Beck, Oswold's Undine, Hooper's Attila, *Thomson's Duchess of Rutland, Hooper's Wonderful, *Turner's Caroline, Bell's Duchess of Norfolk, Backhouse's Dr. Wolff, Collison's Perseus, Hooper's Milo, and Turner's Optimus.
Some very good Cinerarias have been exhibited from time to time at these meetings. Some were varieties sent out last autumn, others were seedlings promising to prove valuable additions to those already in general cultivation; of the former we have noticed: - Henderson's Climax, rosy-crimson edge, with white centre; good petals, a little cupped. Henderson's Cerito, Lavender edge, with white centre; a fine flower of good form. Henderson's Eleanor, white, with rosy edge; large, well-formed flower.