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Pinks: Sappho (12 blooms), shewn by Mr. Turner, was very evenly laced, smooth on the edges, good size, and, we should say, a constant variety. Huntsman, by the same grower, very smooth, stout petal, laced with rosy purple. Both had certificates. Picotees, Dodwell's Mary, light red edge: large fine variety, of good substance; Fellowes's Prince Arthur, medium purple edge, good white, full flower, without bars or spots of any kind. In Carnations there was a very good rose-flake called May's Romeo. There was a large display of seedling fancy Pelargoniums, of various degrees of merit; but great sameness pervaded the majority of them. The judges did not risk an opinion by selecting any for certificates. A pretty light seedling Fuchsia, named Banks' Expansion, possessed fair properties, being of good habit, stout, and having the colours strongly contrasted.
At Chiswick there was a brilliant assemblage of Orchids, stove and greenhouse plants, and Cape Heaths; but as they consisted in a great measure of the kinds enumerated in the foregoing pages, we need not repeat their names here. At both shows cut Roses were abundant and fine; but especially so at Chiswick, where we remarked noble displays of that most charming of all Roses, Geant des Batailles, and capital boxes of our old friends Baron Prevost and Devoniensis.
Single Specimens consisted of Rhododendron javanicum, a charming greenhouse species, from Messrs. Veitch; Kalosanthes coccinea, from Messrs. Frazer; a huge plant of Stephanotis floribunda, and a beautiful Ixora javanica, from Mr. May, gardener to Mrs. Lawrence; the magnificent Lisianthus Russellianus from Mr. Green, mentioned in another page; Erica Parmentieri rosea from Mr. Dennett: E. ferruginea, from Mr. Epps; Pleroma elegans, a most beautiful hardy greenhouse plant, with round, purple, convolvulus-like flowers, from Mr. Ivison, gardener to the Duchess Dowager of Northumberland; plants of Kalosanthes from Mr. Cole; and Stephanotis floribunda from Mr. Bruce.
Those to which prizes were awarded were, Ixora salicifolia (see New Plants in another page) from Messrs. Veitch; an Acineta, like Barkeri, from Messrs. Lane; and Cattleya Mossise alba, from Mr. Ivison; the yellow-flowered Luxemburgia Ciliosa was produced by Messrs. Rollisson; but on account of its having been shown in the garden in former years, it was not awarded a prize though it deserved one, for it is really pretty.
New hardy Evergreens consisted of Ceanothus papillosus, cune-atus, dentatus, rigidus, and integerrimus; Berberis Leschenaultii, Myrica californica, Laurus regalis, the California!! Evergreen Plum (Cerasus ilicifolia), Rhamnus californicus, and an Arbutus. These came from Mr. Glendinning, and were nearly all introduced by the Society from California.
Pelargoniums were much finer than they are usually seen in July. Messrs. Staines' and Parker's plants were in first-rate condition, and covered with large fresh flowers. The Fancies were not so gay as we have seen them earlier in the season. Plants in 11-inch pots: Mr. Parker had Rosetta, Pearl, Emperor, Louisa, Rosy Circle, and Armada; Mr. Staines, Armada, Centurion, Lamartine, Armada superb, Gulielma, and Pearl. Nurserymen: Mr. Gaines sent Me-leager, Negress, Chieftain, Lord Warden, Oriflamme, and Rosy Circle. Six plants in 8-inch pots: Mr. Staines produced Constance, Brilliant (Topping), Narcissus, Ariel, Conspicuum, and Pearl; Mr. Cock, Centurion, Sundown, Star, Meleager, Ondine, and Sikh; Mr. Robinson, Mars, Cassandra, Senata, Paragon, Ariel, Rowena. Nurserymen: Mr, Beck had Governor, Painter, Cuyp, Vanguard, Loveliness, and Star; Mr. Bragg, Ondine, Conspicuum, Alderman, Azure, Vol-tigeur, and Countess of Sefton; Mr. Gaines, Aspasia, Star, Mars, Flying Dutchman, Excelsa, and Marchioness of Stafford.
Blooms of these were tolerably numerous, but they were small and inferior. Messrs. Edwards, Newhall, and Ellis, were the only amateurs, and Messrs. Ward, Norman, Will-mer, and Bragg, the nurserymen that exhibited. The following are a few of the best kinds shewn. Scarlet Bizarres: True Briton, Admiral Curzon, Regular, Prince Albert. Crimson Bizarres: Edgar, Prince Albert, Count Pauline, Sir J. Reynolds, Georgiana. Purple Flakes: Earl Spencer, Squire Trow, Queen of Purples, Beauty of Woodhouse, Majestic. Scarlet Flakes: Queen Victoria, Pet, Orlando, Dido, Ulysses. Rose Flakes: Lorenzo, Flora's Garland, Margaret Evans, General Moore, Ariel, Prince Arthur. - Picotees. Rose and Scarlet Edge: Venus, Mrs. Barnard, Heroine, Rosalind. Purple Edge: Beauty, Duke of Newcastle, Portia, Amethyst, Constance, Enchantress. Red Edge: Mary Ann (Parkinson), Isabella, Miss Burdett Coutts, Emma.
Of Pelargoniums scarcely any were shewn, with the exception of a few varieties sent by Mr. Ambrose, the best of which were Eclipse, Monarch, Baudoin, and Crimson King. Carnations: May's Romeo and Antonio, both rose flakes, are large fine flowers, with good white, and well marked; they are also smooth on the edges. Puxley's Mars is a promising scarlet flake. Picotees: Dodwell's Mary, red edge; Alfred, purple; Matthews' Juno, ditto, were shewn in good order, being large, with good distinct edges, and much superior to any of the same class in the stands for competition. Mr. G. Smith sent his Fuchsia Sidonia, a showy kind, having a full-sized purple corolla, with sepals well reflexed; the size and colour of the tube are deficient and bad; there is also a want of substance. Banks' Expansion, noticed above, was shewn in admirable condition; the purity and stoutness of this flower, combined with the freeness of bloom, make it very desirable. Messrs. Lee shewed their variegated Scarlet Geranium Flower-of-the-Day.