It is always an exceedingly difficult thing for one who is a raiser of new varieties of flowers to write about the best varieties in a quite unbiassed manner. One naturally has a predilection for one's own creations, and is apt to see points in their favour where the margin of justification is rather small. That being so I will put before my readers the findings of the Royal Horticultural Society. I have already alluded to the splendid trial of Antirrhinums (Snapdragons) which that Society had at Wisley in 1913. The best varieties in commerce were contributed by the leading wholesale and retail firms who specialize in Antirrhinums. Glancing through the list, I find such names as Messrs. Watkins & Simpson and Messrs. Hurst & Son, leading wholesale seed merchants, and among the better-known retail firms are Messrs. James Veitch & Son, Messrs. R. Veitch & Son, Messrs. Dickson & Robinson, Messrs. Barr & Sons, Messrs. Dobbie & Co., Messrs. Bath. Mr. F. C. Heinemann, Messrs. Daniels, Messrs. Simpson, Messrs. Sydenham and Messrs. Carter. Out of the two hundred and seven stocks sent in for trial, which were carefully observed during the whole period of their growth, the following were selected as the best. The same variety was in many cases contributed by several different firms, and I suggest that the buyer should place himself to some extent in the hands of his seedsman - for all the leading seedsmen now offer collections of Antirrhinums - and order the varieties he fancies either from the following list or from the seedsman's catalogue, putting stress on the varieties being true to colour and type. It must be like all other transactions in the seed trade, a question of confidence and dependence on the firm one is dealing with.
Nothing is more disappointing and aggravating than to lose a season or spoil a bedding display with a wrong colour.