This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Mrs Barnard, 17; Mrs. Bevan, 16; Isabella, 15; Jenny Lind (Edmonds), 12; Venus, 11; Princess Royal (Willmer), 10; Amy, 9; Enchantress, 9; Regina, 7; Portia, 7; L'elegant, 7; Jessica, 6; Fanny Irby, 6; Lady Dacre, 6; Juliet, 5; King James, 5; Duke of Newcastle, 5; Sebastian, 5; Ne-plus-ultra, 5; Prince Albert (Crask), 5; Sir W. Middleton, 4; Queen Victoria (Crask), 4; Delicata, 3; Vespasian, 3; Rosalind, 3; Beauty, 3; Lady Chesterfield, 3; Nulli Secundus, 3; Lady A. Peel, 3; Olivia, 3; President, 3; Miss Desborough, 3; Queen Victoria (Green), 2; Lady Smith, 2; Yorkshire Hero, 2; Princess Alice (Wood), 2; Ernest, 2; Gem (Youell), 2; Teazer, 2; Princess Augusta, 2; Lord Hardinge, 2; and Mr Cobden, 2. The varieties shewn but once are purposely omitted, such as Charles Stanford, Mrs. Trahar, General Jackson, etc, with older sorts.
It will be found that in both classes the new flowers have taken a very conspicuous place; thus of the 249 Carnation blooms, a third were of new varieties; and the same may be said of the 236 blooms of Picotees; clearly demonstrating, that exhibitors, to be winners, must keep pace with the times. In doing so, they must have been rewarded for the past; and may it be so for the future say we. We have nothing to report upon Yellow-ground Picotees. We sincerely hope that our valuable contributor, Dr. Horner, may be the means of arousing attention to this class, and developing their latent beauties.
Antagonist (Read) Isabella (Kirtland) King James (Headley) Duchess of Sutherland (Burroughes) Miss Burdett Coutts (Burroughes) Mrs. Bevan (Burroughes) Ne-plus-ultra (Matthews) Sebastian (May)
Anne Page (May)
Duke of Newcastle (Burroughes)
Lady Chesterfield (Brinkler)
Lady Harriet Moore (Turner)
General Jackson (Burroughes)
Prince Albert (Crask)
Richard Cobden (Costar)
Lady Dacre (Garratt) Marchioness of Exeter (Holliday) Miss F. Irby (Wilson) Mrs. Barnard (Barnard) Mr. Annesley (Kirtland) Queen of Roses (Holliday) Rosalind (Trahar)
The publication of this list was suggested by those well-known exhibitors and cultivators, Messrs. Newhall, Norman, and Ward, of Woolwich.
The bloom of 1849 was decidedly good; we heard this disputed in some quarters, yet those that attended the South-London, Slough, Stamford Hill, Salisbury, and Derby shows, could not have had any doubt on the subject. The improved method of exhibiting these flowers added much to the general effect. The shewing them in uniform neat boxes, on cards, is a very superior mode to the old style of raised tubes out of cards.
We observe that, at the Horticultural Society's shows in 1850, they are to be exhibited in boxes as usual, without cards: we cannot help thinking there must be some mistake here; however, one exhibition will serve to convince the sceptical that a fine effect will not be produced by this plan.
We have not a large number of seedlings to speak of; yet some of these being a decided step in advance, it is right our readers should know which they are.
Burroughes' Duchess of Sutherland, a light red edge; fine quality, and full; and we believe that in the estimation of all growers it is considered A 1 in its class.
Newhall's Nourmuhal, heavy purple; has some excellent properties, the edge being very solid, and the white good; size rather small.
Norman's Lord Nelson and Prince Alfred are heavy purples, and two very promising varieties of medium size.
Creed's Miss Edwards, heavy scarlet, very bright and very double; rather small, and edge not so solid as we could wish; but it is one of a class we are very deficient in.
Burroughes' Lorina is a beautiful light purple; we expect to see it very generally shewn in 1850.
Brinklow's Goliath, heavy red; very large and full, but there is a coarseness about it.
Turner's Lady Harriet Moore is a good purple flower, having very large well-formed flowers.
Mathew's Juno and Witch are two light purples, yet very dissimilar, Juno being lighter in colour; both flowers possess good properties, and are certainly the right sort for exhibition.
Dodwell's Mary, light red; ditto, Alfred and Mrs. Turner, heavy purples, are flowers that have their work to do, being seedlings of 1849; yet, if we mistake not, they will make some noise in 1850. Mrs. Turner has the broadest and most solid edge we have seen; but for shape and size Alfred must have the preference.
Marris's Victoria Regina, heavy scarlet, is decidedly the best of its class. Mr. Marris has also some very promising yearlings to be proved in 1850. The same may be said of Mr. Marris's neighbour, that successful raiser, Mr. Holly-oak Parkinson's Mary Anne, heavy red, is very dissimilar to any other of that class, and a very promising flower of medium size.
We look forward to the blooming time with considerable inteerest, knowing there will be great competition in the seedling class at the shows in 1850. We have also heard that a new society is to be established expressly for the promotion and encouragement of the Picotee and Carnation.
The old flowers most conspicuously shewn during the past season were: -
Mrs. Barnard, light rose; Youell's Gem, light red; May's Juliet, light purple; Venus, heavy scarlet; Marris's Prince of Wales, heavy red; ditto, Prince Albert, heavy purple; Cox's Regina, light purple; Holliday's Delicata, medium purple; May's Portia, heavy purple; Holliday's Queen of Roses, heavy rose; Willmer's Princess Royal, heavy scarlet; Read's Schamel, heavy red; Oreen's Queen Victoria, heavy scarlet; May's Jessica, heavy purple; Headley's King James, heavy red, but rather small. Wildman's Isabella, heavy red; Burroughes' President, heavy purple; ditto, General Jackson, medium purple; ditto, Amy, light purple; May's Constance, medium purple; Edmond's Ernest, light red.
Carnations in our next. Our Note-Book.