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.
Messrs. J. R. and A. Bather, Clinton, Iowa, send us a variegated Fuchsia and a Mock Orange, of which they say: "The Syringa originated as a sport taken from a large bush we have near our house. We have been propagating it for the past three years, and all the plants we have raised retain constantly the same habit and color of foliage as the one we send you, one of many which we have that stood out of doors during the past very severe winter, and are now all in the same condition and have the same colored foliage.
"The Fuchsia also originated with us three years ago, and we have raised hundreds of plants, and they all retain the same variegation and the same strong, robust growth, and free flowering qualities of the first plant. The flowers are double, and of fair size. The corolla is blue and the sepals are crimson. The variegation is even brighter on the older plants than on such sizes as the one we send you. We also send you a plant of Fuchsia Sunray, which was grown side by side with our new one sent you. This will give you a fair idea of the difference between them under exactly the same conditions.
"We claim for this Fuchsia of ours that it is double, and of a distinct variegation, much more free flowering and more vigorous and robust in growth than Sunray or any other variegated variety which we know of."
[We have a very high estimate of the value of the Mock Orange. Silver-tinted plants do not usually thrive in our dry climate, but golden things do, and we fancy this one will be in great demand by tasteful landscape gardeners.
Of the value of the Fuchsia we are less certain. The value of a variegated Fuchsia resides mainly in its foliage. The flower is a secondary consideration. If there never had been a "Sunray" there would be no question of its value then. Still, if as it grows, it shall show any decided difference in the variegation, or if the flowers should aid the variegation, it will be valuable ]