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The former was held on the 8th ult., and the latter on the 12th; and as most of the exhibitions at the one place were present at the other, we will, as before, give our readers a general rather- than a detailed account of both, noticing en passant the objects which struck us as most remarkable.
The morning of the Chiswick fete was somewhat inauspicious, heavy rain falling between ten and eleven o'clock; but towards noon the day began to clear, and the afternoon was all that could be desired. Entering the garden by the gate near the Council-room, and passing down a narrow walk lined on either side with Rhododendrons beautifully in blossom, we reached the Pelargonium tent, which was filled with productions charmingly bloomed and excellently cultivated. But our impatience would not allow us to Linger; we crossed to the next tent, viewed the long hanks of Roses, both cut and in pots, which here presented themselves; Mr. Cohan's glass Fern temple, the different collections of stove and greenhouse plants, Azaleas and tall Cacti, which made an admirable display; and now, almost, before we are aware of it, we are in the centre of another tent, the eye: ranging, first to the right and then to the left, over one of the largest and finest display! of Orchids that ever graced an exhibition. Here were Saccolabes,;md such plants and racemes of flowers; there Dendrobea in all their beauty and variety of colour; and yonder, strikingly conspicuous above all the rest, Camarotis purpurea, - a pyramid five feet high of purple and green most beautifully blended.
But we could point to many things little inferior to this fine Cama-rote, and some other day may produce an account of some of them; at present, however, we must see the large collections in the iron tent. These Wi re produced in their usual excellence by Mrs. Lawrence and Mr. Collyer, and their respective merits formed the subject of discussion during the day to many a gardener. Leaves and a flower of Victoria Regia were again produced from Syon, the blos-som opening beautifully, and " throwing off volumes of fragrance every time the large bell glass with which it was covered was removed." We are now near the exhibitions of Cape Heaths, which were finely flowered, though not very rich in novelty; and in the Same tent, a little nearer the large conservatory, were some good Calceolarias, especially from Mrs. Lawrence, but, unfortunately, the latter were disqualified through being in pots larger than the regulations allowed.
Among rarities, we remarked a Bejaria which we must see again, for its flowers were not open; Roupellia grata, a half-climbing white-flowered plant of little beauty; Dipladenia nobilis, a very fine tiling, with rosy flowers; the white variety of Campanula nobilis, by no means pretty; and hot, but not least, a glorious warm brown-coloured Pitcher-plant from Messrs. Veitcli, called Nepenthes san-gilinea. The pitchers of this fine species would hold quite a pint, and we should say even more. We had almost forgotten to mention a profusely blossomed plant of the curious Gloxinia Fyfiana, which was sent from Wort on Cottage by Mr. Dobson.
AtChisWick a tent was this time devoted exclusively to the exhibition of these, and appeared to give general satisfaction. As usual, the principal occupants were seedling Pelargoniums. Mr. Leek had Incomparable, a flower of re-markable colour; also Tyrian Queen, a fine purple; Major Domo, very large and a free flowerer. Mr. Hoyle exhibited Ajax, a purple flower and a free bloomer; Nectar-Cup, Ocellatum, and May Queen. Mr. Pontey senl Prince Arthur, rose with a clear white throat. Several fancy varieties were staged, but there appeared but little improvement on those already in cultivation. Messrs. Lee had a beautiful Azalea, in the way of Azalea lateritia. Mr.
Mayle'i Fuchsias were shown, but we were much disappointed in them; they were not at all what we had been led to expect of them. On the morning of "the Park" Exhibition all was fair and promising, but the afternoon was overcast and threatening; no rain, however, fell. If we except a small tent which was set apart for the exhibition of the Victoria Regia, a closed bud and two leaves of which were shewn, perhaps the greatest treat here was the ltliodo-dendron exhibition, to which we have alluded elsewhere. This was certainly grand in the extreme. Gently undulating walks wind amongst enormous masses of bloom, varying from purple to white in the most charming manner imaginable, and so as to throw them into groups; and then at every turn one comes on an isolated specimen of broad-leaved Kalmia, or standard Rhododendron, which for size or beauty could only be equalled in the large peat nurseries of Bagshot. This was indeed a "garden of flowers," whose equal we had never seen before, and which we shall rejoice to see again.
The usual exhibition was a capital one. The long bank of fancy and other Pelargoniums was effective and striking, and immediately behind it was the Orchids. Stove and greenhouse plants were tastefully arranged, as before, on turf-faced terraces in a tent by themselves, and Roses, Heaths, and Calceolarias occupied another. We should state that the pot Roses of Messrs. Lane and others were uncommonly fine. Messrs. Lane had a most beautiful specimen of the comparatively new Rose, Souvenir d'un Ami, white, tinged in the centre with salmon; large and handsome. Their Queen, too, was admirable. The other kinds were Chenedole, Comtesse Mole, Great Western, Madame Plantier, Paul Perras, Souvenir de la Mal-maison, Fabvier, Meillez, Miss Glegg, and Devoniensis. Mr. Francis had Las Cases, Belle de St. Cyr, Pauline Plantier, Fulgens, Due de Cazes, Mrs. Elliott, Madame Laffay, William Jesse, Chenedole, and Coupe d'Hebe. Among Messrs. Paul's were Baronne Prevost, Charles Duval, Mrs. Bosanquet (finely bloomed), Nephetos, Augustine Mouchelet, and others.
In Mr. Terry's group was a fine example of La Dauphine. Yellows consisted of Harrisonii, Persian, Queen Victoria, Smith's Vicomtesse de Cazes, Flavescens, LaPactole, and Pauline Plantier. Mr. Standish had a new Rose in the way of Safranot.
Some Fuchsias were shewn; and we remarked an interesting collection of Ranunculuses from Mr. C. Tyso of Wallingford. The following are a few of the leading sorts which the collection contained: Berinus, Dr. Channing, Kilgour's Queen, Apollo (dark), Niobe, Robert Burns, Lambton, Gomer, Amasis, Enchanter, and Tyso's new seedlings - Exhibitor, Elegance, Captivator, Festus, and Tysonius.
Among Cacti was Cereus Leeanus, a beautiful kind from Messrs. Lee of Hammersmith. It was about a foot high, and had four somewhat flat circular semi-double orange-scarlet flowers placed on its summit. Another kind worth particular notice was C. Eger-tonii, an improvement in colour on C. Mallesonii, or its rose variety.
Some seedlings were shewn; but we deem it safer to defer our observations on them till we shall have an opportunity of examining them under more advantageous circumstances.