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.
The variety called Peter Henderson, sent out by Nanz & Neuner, a few years since, I have found to be the best white I have yet grown for winter bloom. It is a stronger grower and better bloomer than Degraw, and is the nearest to a pure white we have yet found, its only drawback being that it runs up high like La Purite, requiring much head room. Snowden, sent out by P. Henderson, is a true dwarf, pure white, and if it proves a good winter bloomer, will probably supersede all other whites, the flower being of fair size and very fragrant.
Bock's Seedling, Charles Sumner - I have grown the past winter. The flower is of enormous size, almost as large as a rose, but they invariably burst before opening, and are a dull, unattractive color.
Waver/ey I have also grown last winter. A splendid variety, rich crimson scarlet; the color was in no way exaggerated, as represented in the Monthly a year ago; produces a fair average number of flowers to the plant; flowers selling readily at ten cents each. I think this is the most useful variety of its color to the commercial florist. While I appreciate every new variety of merit, I still cling to the old carmine, La Purite, which for quantity of bloom, size of flower and general good qualities, I think has not been beat by any of the newer varieties for winter bloom. I do not find it subject to the disease that many complain of, yet don't take any special pains with it. I grow them in half rotted turf or sod, cut from strong, loamy, meadow land, with a good addition of well-rotted manure on the benches, as near the glass as the growth of the plants will admit. Florists would benefit each other by comparing notes on this useful class of plants.