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.
The following interesting scrap is from a work recently published in England by J. W. B. Wetham, - but it is proper to say that in American gardens we have at least two species of Begonias that are delightfully fragrant:
"The vegetation (Trinity, Island of Martinique; month, December) is of the most luxuriant description, as numerous waterfalls descend from both the mountain sides, here crossing the path in a broad stream, there trickling down in a slender thread, which loses itself in thick ferns and grasses. Each turn in the road presents some new combination of rock, tree, and falling water. You emerge from an avenue of bamboos to enter another fringed over by the fronds of magnificent tree ferns.. The latter grow everywhere; you look up at their rough, fibrous stems, and you look down into their very hearts. The banks are covered with begonias and primulas; above these rise the dark green blades of plantains, or dark green heliconias, with their red and yellow flowers. Then come the great forest trees, such as the locust, the angelim, the bois violon (fiddle wood), the bois immortelle, etc. Of begonias I counted four varieties, one of which was sweet-scented. For some time I searched, wondering whence the delicious fragrance - very like that of the lily of the valley - came. I had never heard of a sweet-scented begonia, but at last I discovered one, and gathered a large bunch of the delicious blossoms.
The flowers of this variety were very small and of a pink color, but the elephant-eared leaves were as large as those of much finer flowering species. I regret much that I did not endeavor to transplant some specimens, as I have since heard that a scented begonia is unknown."