This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is to be regretted that persons do not oftener try their skill in growing line specimens, as well as in having good varieties. It is just here that true gardening skill comes in. The Fuchsia above many things is admirably adapted to make well grown specimens, but how rarely do we see anything at all creditable to culture about them. Annexed is a specimen of a double white kind from the Greenbrook and Paterson nurseries of Paterson, N. J., by Mr. Wm. Grieves, in a comparatively small pot, and there is no reason why almost any of our readers might not grow one at least nearly as well. And yet how seldom do we see a fuchsia grown that has more than a dozen flowers on at one time ? The great want of the day is more skill put into the individual culture of pot flowers.
H. L., Oak Park, I11., writes : "Is it not an original way of raising specimen plants, viz., copying illustrations ? The specimen Fuchsia purporting to be raised by Mr. Wm. Grieves is a copy of Can-nell's Miss Lucy Finnis; the illustration has been in my possession for three years, also the plant. It is a beautiful variety, but does not always grow just like the illustration, at least not with me. I refer to the specimen Fuchsia in March number of Gardener's Monthly".
[It was our wish to illustrate our point about the proper way to grow Fuchsias, and the "illustration of a specimen " which we used we asked from the Greenbrook Nurseries, to whom it was only right that we should give the credit, and not to Mr. Cannell. There is no injustice in this, for we have no doubt the G. & P. Nurseries-bought the cut of Mr. Cannell, and did not copy it. Our correspondent is not perhaps aware that this is a very common practice in literary work. In a very popular English book, widely read in this country, are cuts in use in De Breul's works, but we happen to know that they are not copies, but originally bought of the first owner. - Ed. G. M].
Mr. Grieves, of the Greenbrook and Paterson Nurseries, desires us to say that if our correspondent will look again at Mr. Cannel's picture, and the one in the Gardener's Monthly, he will see that they are not the same. The flower of Lucy Finnis, as given in Mr. Cannel's picture, is as in our Fig. 1, and we give a cut of the same in Fig. 2, of the natural size. Fig. 3, represents the flower as given in the Gardener's Monthly cut. It is really a variety called "Etty." The cut was made in New York, and was not intended so much to represent any one variety, as to illustrate the pretty habit of this class of Fuchsias.
Mr. Grieves says : "I regret to say that the Printer has made me say the reverse of what I intended. Instead of Cannel's Lucy Finnis being as your figure (1), it is as figure (3), as figure 3, represents a fac simile from his cut. While figure (2) represents the natural size of the (type) cut figure (1), which is a fac simile of the former cut in Gardener's Monthly".
[It is but justice to say that the error did not occur at the printing office. The figures were placed on to accord with the MSS. - Ed. G. M].