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On May the 29th this long-anticipated event took place; and certainly, considering the season, a greater number and better flowers were brought together than we expected. It was apparent, however, that very many new and fine sorts had been so seriously injured as to be without the pale of censorship.
The arrangements made by the Committee were of the most excellent kind, and greatly facilitated the onerous labour of the judges. The flowers that we considered best, irrespective of the pans and stands of six, were, Polyphemus, shewn in first-rate character by Mr. Spencer of Derby; Lord Lilford, a very beautiful feathered bizarre; and Nourri Effendi, though so like a good Polyphemus that the northern growers were unable to detect any difference. Caliph and Pilot were two new flamed bizarres, light in colour, but first-rate in form and purity. We also liked a small flower called Morning Star, good in form and distinct in character.
In byblcemens, Bromiley's Edgar was really very beautiful, - the ground-colour of the most snowy purity, edged with a distinct margin of dark purple, laid on as with the hand of a painter; it had, however, stained stamens, or it would certainly have stood first in its class. It was beaten by one of the Chellaston seedlings, the name of which, at the time of exhibition, was unknown. The other flowers in the byblcemen classes call for no particular comment here.
For roses there were abundance of feathered Triomphe Royales, or Heroine, one of which took the first place. Bion, a new and delicately marked flower, will be a favourite, though it may be exhibited as a byblcemen as it ages. The other flowers were inferior; and we regretted to see such a one as Dolittle or Triomphe de Lisle placed. It appears there is yet much to be done in the way of improvement in this class.
In the first pan, gained by Mr. J. Thornilly of Heaton Norris, Lancashire, we noticed a splendid feathered byblcemen, said to be a Chellaston, but not recognised by the raiser of those seedlings.
Donzelli was shewn in tolerably good character. The same might be said of David, Queen Charlotte, and Charles the Tenth.
A fine flamed byblcemen was exhibited, named Purple Perfection. It was new and good, though rather heavily marked.
In breeder Tulips there were many new faces; but as the judges condemned all with stained stamens, as well as stained cups, it reduced the quantity very much. However, some seedlings raised by Mr. Lightbody of Falkirk, N.B., excited much admiration: they were Marmion, Mozambique, and No. 21. Marcus Manlius, a fine bizarre, deserved attention; but Pilot took the prize as the best breeder at the exhibition.
At the dinner, sixty-four florists assembled; and in the evening a very strong muster took place, when the subject of the Show for 1850 was discussed. After some preliminary observations, it was proposed by Mr. J. F. Wood of Nottingham, and seconded by G. W. Hardy, Esq., of Warrington, that it should be held at Manchester the ensuing year. This proposal met with universal satisfaction, and was unanimously agreed to.