This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Last week I saw the geranium New Life in flower. It is said to be a sport from the Vesuvius, which is the most popular geranium in England, both for bedding and marketing, and also as a scarlet for winter-blooming.
""Wonderful," another sport from Vesuvius, has semi-double flowers. It will, no doubt, supersede its parent - bearing more persistently than the single varieties, and not sufficiently double to impair its free-blooming qualities.
It is now reported there are two other sports from the same source, a salmon color, and a pure white. A white geranium, flowering as freely as Vesuvius, will be an acquisition. It will cause as much of a sensation in England as a white sport from "Gen. Grant" would out here.
Vesuvius is offered in the advertising columns of the London gardening papers by individual growers, by the 100,000, at eight shillings per 100 - less than two cents apiece - and yet we are told plants are sold cheaper here than they are in England!
According to the wood-cuts which I have seen of New Life, it is a sport from "Harry King!" a seedling from"Jean Sisley," and sent out by Messrs. Standish & Co., Royal Ascot Nurseries, England. The only difference between the "cuts" of each is the stripes. The stripes on the flower are not so conspicuous as they are in the cut, being quite faint and irregular. If the flowers I saw are a fair representation of the whole stock, it is of very little value only as a curiosity.