This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Now, June 10th, is the season of Mr. Hunne-well's Rhododendron Show at Wellesley, Mass., and such a display Waterer, Veitch or Lane might be proud of - yes, Waterer went to see them, was surprised at their excellence, and now admits, " Well, you can grow some things in America after all! " It is not the quality that is so surprising, it is the quantity. The finer and more tender kinds are arranged in beds, and some as isolated specimens under a very large tent near the greenhouses. Evergreen hedges act as sides to the tent, and they together with the carpet of grass add greatly to the relief and advantageous display of this wealth of flowers.
Amongst them are also a few Indian Azaleas in bloom and some only in bud and a specimen of Rhynchospermum jasminoides that would do credit to the stages of the Crystal Palace or the terraces of Regent's Park. The finer and more tender Rhododendrons are wintered in a large cellar purposely constructed for their accommodation, and, judging from their appearance, - well they seem to have enjoyed their quarters. The heavy mulching around the roots of those permanently out-of-doors bespeak the care evinced for them. Some of the most prominent sorts were Atrosanguineum, very deep, dark red, trusses and blooms large and substantial a very hardy and fine-leaved kind; H. W. Sargent, dark crimson, large truss and substantial foliage, a splendid Rhododendron; Mrs. Milner, fine dark red; Prince Albert, deep lilac red; Stella, one of the best and freest bloomers, rosy lilac with chocolate blotch; Lady Armstrong, spotted rose; Scipio, dark rose, very fine, grown as a standard; James Bateman, dark rosy red, blooms of fine form; Brayanum, dark rosy scarlet, paler in the middle; Giganteum, a very long trusser, blooms rose-colored; and Purity, one of the prettiest of whites.
It is curious to note that all these, the cream of Mr. H.'s exhibition, were raised by Waterer of England. We must not omit, however, The Queen, one of the most lovely of whites, with sometimes a tinge of pink.
Throughout the pleasure grounds, which are uncommonly extensive, there are nooks and banks all a-blaze with the rose tree, but they are not alone in their glory, this, too, being the heyday of the hardy Azaleas, of which there are dense and gorgeous masses. The open and sweeping lawns, the clumps of pines, spruces, purple beeches, maples, magnolias, and other trees, and the natural location are excellent features of this princely domain. Tropical and eemi-tropical plants from the greenhouses are much used in the out-door embellishment of rockeries, flower gardens and borders. In the greenhouses are some very fine Dracaenas, Alo-casias, Crotons (including the fine new C. Disraeli), and many other specimens of the finer tropical subjects. Here, too, we notice an Alla-manda Schottii with stem and spread of branches like an old Wisteria and densely bloomed. The conservatory, we believe, is particularly grand and well furnished with fine foliages and fioriferous plants, but from it visitors are debarred.
Three days after we were there the Emperor of Brazil and suite visited these gardens and were entertained by Mr. H.