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.
Had this novelty maintained its original price I would never have been its happy owner; but when it fell from $5.00 to 50 cents, one could quite well afford to add such a very distinguished plant to a collection.
Mine came to me in winter, hundreds of miles, when the days were intensely cold, and a severe snow storm raging - the Venner storm - but when I opened the box, there it was, as pert and bright as though growing in its sheltered, sunny home, its cluster of buds revealing here and there a bit of color, one pip so far open as to show the white stripe on the deep scarlet ground. Day after day those buds expanded into bloom, no two alike in their markings. They were striped, splashed, dotted with white How I admired the pretty thing!
New Life has not been homesick at all in her new home, judging from her health and growth. No sooner had that first truss bloomed and died than new buds sprung forth, and new leaves have grown.
Mr. H. Cannell, of London, England, its originator in our Centennial year, says of it: "Its propagation will not cease until it is seen cultivated in the windows and gardens of every cottage in the land. He sold the first 1,000 by subscription only, at £1 each. It has had an immense sale in Europe, and we believe that when fully known, it will be widely diffused through our own country.