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.
In reply to C. E. P., who asks for information respecting the origin of Fuchsia Lord Beacons-field in the Monthly for February. It was raised by Mr. John Laing, Stanstead Park Nursery, Forest Hill, near London, England, and is the result of a cross between F. fulgens and one of the modern varieties known as " Perfection." It was exhibited at some of the meetings of the Royal Horticultural Society first, as Laing's Hybrid, in '75 or '76.
The color of the flower reminds one of the good old Speciosa, and is frequently, - or I may say generally - taken for that variety by casual observers. It was exhibited by me before the Germantown Horticultural Society, at the June meeting in 1878, as a new plant, but that august body, the committee on awards, refused to recognize it as such, declaring it was "nothing but old Speciosa." It differs from that good old sort in several particulars; notably in its free flowering qualities, and the length of time it blooms, being under proper treatment in flower the whole year round. It may be urged that Speciosa flowers free enough, and continuously if properly treated, and so it does, but his lordship does more so, and the size of the flowers of the latter variety is twice that of Speciosa.
I agree with your correspondent " that it is one of the best and most free flowering of the new varieties;" but what constitutes a new variety? I see some of the catalogues of the present year are heralding Fuchsia Champion of the World, as a new one, and charging $1.00 each for it, when to my own certain knowledge it has been in commerce for at least ten years. Then why re-issue something that will not prove of permanent value?