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.
There have few more rapid advances in floral progress than in the improvement of tuberous rooted Begonias, since the B. Bolivensis was introduced but a few years ago. Among those who have been among the foremost in the work of improvement are Messrs. James Veitch & Sons, Chelsea, England. When the writer was in England a few summers ago, some beautiful hybrids were just blooming, among which was the variety of which we now give an illustration. Messrs. Veitch thus describes it:
"Mrs. Charles Scorer is a splendid variety of our own raising, with large well formed flowers of a brilliant glowing crimson scarlet, unequalled in this shade of color by any begonia of its class in cultivation.
"The plant is of robust habit, free flowering, and furnished with a neat dark green foliage which, together with its brilliant flowers, render it one of the best Begonias for exhibition purposes yet offered." These tuberous rooted Begonias have not yet had a full trial as open air plants in our country. They need a good summer heat to do well, but not extremely high. Those the writer saw in England, at Messrs. Veitch's were flowering there in the open ground in front of a greenhouse. In our country the air will perhaps, be too dry; but if they were grown in partial shade we think they would succeed admirably.
BEGONIA MRS. CHARLES SCORER.