This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Again we present our readers with an illustration representing some of the productions of our friend, W. H. Story, Esq.
We followed out to the letter our published intention of making coloured memorandums of the best seedlings which reached us during the last season, and figuring the finest, whosever they might be. Of this we gave ample notice; and those who may possess any seedlings which eclipse those here presented, have only themselves to blame for not sending them to us. We were promised a drawing of a light variety we saw at one of the exhibitions, but neither the figure nor flower ever reached us. We allow Mr. Story to describe the character and flowers himself, because they accord with the judgment of our censors on the cover of No. XXIII. for November 1849.
I am aware of the impossibility of new subscribers obtaining the Volume of the Florist and Garden Miscellany for 1848, and yet I cannot do justice to my subject, or to the many readers who possess it, without remarking that at page 10 of that volume will be found some remarks upon the method I had pursued for a series of years in the attempt to raise something superior in hybrid Fuchsias. Ele-gantissima and Newtoniensis - two varieties now well known - were the first of the race I submitted to public criticism: I am happy to hear from many quarters that they have given much satisfaction.
The seedlings of 1848 produced a vast number of superior flowers, requiring much consideration, and many consultations with my flori-cultural friends, in selecting the best for proving a second year. About twenty-five were set apart for this purpose, when, on their second flowering, another council was held, to reduce them to five or six. Ultimately seven, deemed sufficiently distinct to be grown in any one collection, were put aside, care being taken that quality, colour, form, etc. should not be compromised, except in the one instance of that most distinct and novel production, Striata, whose elongated corolla, striped (carnation-like) with a dark rich purple, was considered a new and remarkable feature. Duplex was also thought to possess much novelty, by a cluster of very dark purple leaflets, forming a compact double corolla, somewhat beyond the ordinary proportion to the size of the flower, the colour of the tube and sepals being very brilliant, of great substance, glossy, and smooth. The remaining four, Ignea, Unique, Mirabilis, and South Devon, are noble flowers; smooth, waxy, and brilliant; large fine corollas of the ordinary form, but perfectly distinct from each other.
The sepals of Mirabilis are somewhat narrow, but the exquisite form and colour of the corolla more than compensate for that defect. Striata, Duplex, and Multiplex, have proved quite constant.