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.
The new type of fringed-leaved Coleus seems to be in a fair way to become varied and popular. During a visit to Mr. H. A. Dreer's country nursery last Fall, I noticed no less than eight different kinds of them. Singly they show little differences, but together in beds the distinction is very apparent, and the whole result remarkable.
The advance in Zonale Geraniums is particularly remarkable, to say nothing of Mr. Harris' beautiful seedling Archbishop Wood; some of the French kinds are remarkably distinct. The New Life of Mr. Cannell is a decided addition to the list of good kinds. The flowers as I have seen them are as large as a quarter dollar, and they are striped and flaked like some of the old-time carnations, though now unfortunately such carnations are seldom seen.
When I look back on the introduction of the Verbena melindres and Y. Tweediana by Mr. Buist, it seems but as yesterday; but the numerous beautiful varieties everywhere about us tell the story of how rapidily the time must have passed away; still with so many evidences of floral progress, it is satisfactory to reflect that the passing time is gaining as it goes.