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At Wace Cottage, Hollow ay, where our indefatigable correspondent Mr. Edwards does what he recommends our readers to do, we found good specimens of Arlette, Bacchus, David, Coronation, Cerise blanc, Duke of Devonshire, Hamlet, Lac, Lachesis, Musidora, Marshal Soult, Salvator Rosa, Solon, Ulysses, Victoria Regina, Vivid, and the subject of our Illustration, Seawall's Bijou, a second-row feathered rose of the most delicate markings, colour brilliant, combined with shape, substance, and unblemished purity. This variety is in very few hands, the stock being small. That it was raised from seed by Mr. Scarnell of Brixton, there is no doubt. This gentleman's pride lies in growing seedlings only; and we believe he asserts, that from seed every plant in his possession was raised by himself. To Messrs. Dickson of Brixton belongs the credit of sending out this the very best modern Tulip we know, alike desirable for the bed or the exhibition. Mr. Edwards himself superintended the illustration, taken upon the spot, and was careful that it should be a faithful representation both of its beauties and faults; and we hope our Tulip-loving readers will be as much, pleased with the portrait as our friend has been in growing the Tulip.
Jai Andrews ,delt & Zincog.
Printed by C. Chabot.
But before we further describe the collections visited in our ramble, we should observe that the effects of the frost of the 2d of May were sadly visible; more decidedly in some beds than in others, but still plainly discernible in the great number of split and distorted petals to be generally met with, disqualifying the blooms from appearing before the censors of the several exhibitions. Many who do not exhibit assert that there has been a fair average bloom in the past season. To this we cannot assent, although we readily acknowledge that many were the gems we saw (to our regret) quietly resting in their beds; for, as determined exhibitors of all we cultivate, we are desirous of adding to the number of competing Florists. But to proceed: in Dr. Saunders' bed at Staines, the flowers were generally light and of the most recherche strain, evidencing great care in cultivation, and strict attention in selecting; the beauty of many specimens fully compensated for the number of vacancies. Amongst the finest flowers were Vivid (Saunders), one of the most perfect bizarres we have seen, as found there; King (Strong), Polyphemus, Duke of Devonshire, Pilot, and Topaz, - these are all bizarres, and were in first-class condition.
In byblce-mens we remarked Princess Lamballe and Sir H. Smith; in roses, Duchess of Sutherland (Sherwood), very fine, and Enchantress good, though somewhat small.
At Mr. Clark's, Wallingford, the collection abounded in fine Thalias, Fabius, Julio Romanos, Coronations, Violet Quortos, Homers, Cenotaphiums, Miltons, Proteus, etc.; still, the general bloom justifies our preceding remarks; it was not good.
Of Mr. Betteridge's we can speak differently; his general bloom was good, and included the sterling varieties usually found; for the best of these we refer our readers to our report of the South-London Floricultural Society's May show, where this grower successfully exhibited (see page 174).
The same may be said of the bloom at Mr. Lawrence's, of Hampton, Middlesex. His winning stand was duly reported in our pages. We hope this grower will excuse our stating, that he grows many flowers whose room might be better occupied; as a successful cultivator and very liberal dealer, we feel the greatest pleasure in stating that, for growth and quality, Mr. L. is not easily equalled, which may also be said of the comforts to be found at his inn, the Red Lion, whether at the blooming or planting season. The latter reminds us of an old caterer for Florists, on whom, in the course of" our ramble," we made a call. We only wish the same care and attention was bestowed on his bed of Tulips as is given to his guests at the Star Nursery and Hotel, Slough, by Mr. W. Bragg. His Tulips must have better attention, for they really deserve it.
At the Royal Nursery we found the utmost done with the means at command; the growth was fine, the general bloom good; yet much remains to be accomplished, and time only can bring about the splendid collection that we have there seen under the canvass of Mr. C. Turner, whose fame as a Florist is so well known to all our readers. His flowers, Duchess of Sutherland, Queen Victoria (Groom), Hamlet (Brown), Polydorus (Tyso), Vivid, Duke of Devonshire, Polyphemus, and those he exhibited (see p. 175), were very fine. The Chellaston varieties, as grown here, were, by comparison, decidedly bad.
We visited some other beds; but when we can say nothing in commendation, we prefer being silent; and the more particularly so, as much which was to be found fault with was fairly attributable to an ungenial season.