This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One of the most interesting and certainly one of the most beautiful of the plants collected during the present year by Dr. I. B. Balfour, in the Island of Socotra, is a remarkably pretty species of Begonia now in flower at Kew. Of all places Socotra would have seemed to most people one of the most unlikely ones where a Begonia would be found, but the species now mentioned will, no doubt, when distributed, be highly prized both for its own merit as a decorative plant, and for its value for purposes of hybridization. It is probably destined to give rise to quite a distinct race, as to a. rather striking habit is combined a peculiar tint of purplish-rose not met with except in some of the South American tuberous species or the hybrids derived from them. Another year it may, and in all likelihood will, produce larger leaves and flowers, and assume altogether a different aspect; at present the light green peltate leaves are about three or four inches in diameter - one or two of the largest being as much as seven inches - and the male flowers, which are somewhat larger than the female ones, measure about 1¾ inch when flattened out. Bulbils are freely produced at the base of the stems, and afford a ready and rapid means of propagating so interesting and ornamental a plant.
A figure is being prepared for the Botanical Magazine. - Gardener's Chronicle.