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.
While in Mr. Bull's greenhouses, near London, recently, the new and very distinct Coleus pictus attracted our attention. We were very much pleased recently to see the same pretty novelty in the collection of H. A. Dreer, of Philadelphia. The following illustration was taken from Mr. Dreer's plant, but the description is Mr. Bull's :
This distinct and attractive plant has been introduced from Duke of York Island. Its divers colors are curiously blended, and very effective, the leaves, which have a green ground, being more or less, but variably flushed with yellow in irregular patches. The leaves are also marked in the direction of the veins, with longitudinal bars, varying in size and outline, of a rich chocolate brown, which where it meets the parts flushed with yellow, assumes a reddish brown hue. The marginal teeth are bordered with chocolate color. These peculiar markings, and the unusual form of the leaves, give the plant a bizarre and curious appearance.
Nanz & Neuner's New Double, White, Perpetual Blooming Carnation,"Peter Henderson." - This choice novelty was raised from seed, by Mr. John Charlton, of Rochester, N. Y. The plant is of a strong-growing, dwarf, compact habit, with rich, dark foliage, producing an immense number of flowers, both in winter and summer, being in fact as well as in name a perpetual blooming carnation. The flowers are usually 2½ or 3 inches in diameter, or nearly double the size of any other variety; fine form, pure white, extra fragrant, and never bursts the calyx, which is the usual rule for all carnations, but the flower remains bright for over two weeks.