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.
Many will remember the time when the old Fuchsia gracilis (magellanica) and F. globosa were the only ones generally grown till the hybrids with F. fulgens came in. A correspondent of the Gardener's Chronicle gives the following account of its origin: " This was raised by the late Mr. Bunney, of Stratford. He had three globosas from the same batch of seedlings; his brother and he was dissolving partnership: the brother sold the best plant for 7.s. 6d, gave the next best away, leaving the worst to the raiser. This I had from Mr. Bunney himself. I recollect a plant being brought to Scotland in 1835 or 1836. So also says Paxton, in Magazine of Botany. Loudon states that it was raised between F. conica and microphylla".