This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
When on a hurried run in Boston early in the summer we passed over to Prof. Sargent's and saw his huge Azalea decora; one of the finest specimens perhaps in the world. The writer made a rough estimate of the number of flowers in bloom on it as 7,000. Some companions thought the estimate far too low; 10,000 being suggested as the lowest limit Soon afterwards we had the following note from Mr. Sargent: "You certainly beat all the Yankees in guessing. They have just cut off" 7,646 seed vessels from the big Azalea".