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I hope these flowers will soon be better known, as it is likely at one or the other of the great Northern Exhibitions many will be brought forward, and their merits tested with the best of the varieties raised in other parts of the kingdom. In my last descriptive article I named part of the best; I shall now continue it by giving a few others that I have grown or have seen, both in their best and worst characters. I will first name:
The breeder of this pretty flower is remarkably beautiful, and very tall in growth; the colour brilliant rose. I recollect seeing it near Nottingham a few years ago in its very best character. A splendid feather, rather thickly laid on or plated, but certainly, in its rectified state, approaching more to a byblcemen than a rose. I have seen it placed, when in its breeder state, in the fourth row on best beds, for the sake of the beautiful contrast which it makes with the rectified flowers.
This I have but once seen; a perfect feathered rose, which was its first year in the broken state; since that period the same bulb has invariably produced star and feather. It has a very fine cup; pure rich colour; but unfortunately is as early as Rosa blanca. I recollect seeing it. in full bloom the latter end of April, a flower having been produced at an Auricula-show held at that time.
A very favourite flamed byblcemen; cup short, and beautifully formed; the colour, the most dazzling purple imaginable. It is perfectly pure, and is a match for most of its class. It reaches a second row well, and occasionally will do for a third.
A large and most attractive flower when it is well grown. I have seen it grand. Cup good and pure; flame and feathering heavy; it is apt to open creamy, but this bleaches out. I fear it is much inclined to sport; for this season a blooming offset from the best break I had ever seen came nearly a breeder. It is, when caught, a first-rate byblcemen; at other times very coarse.
A king indeed ! Sportive, but, when right, one of the best feathered bvblcemens in existence. Not so tall as the generality of this class of flowers; the cup large, the feathering very deep and black, the ground-colour beautiful china-white. The contrast is rich beyond description, therefore I will say no more about it, except to ask, Will Wonder beat it?
A very nice thing. A fine flamed byblcemen; this makes a second-row flower, and has much of the character of Grace Darling about it, except being less in all its parts. It is a great favourite of mine; pure and splendid.
A third-row feathered bybloemen. Its general character good, marking decided and strong; it comes out rather creamy, and requires much bleaching. It should be placed in the warmest place on the bed. I have seen it a fine flower.
A variety which has not been brought so prominently before the public as most of the others. The colours are brilliant, and the flame decided; rather apt to break out at the top of the petals. Of robust growth, making a large cup; often coarse. When not grown too strong, it will often bring a winning flower.
This I have seen in several characters. The cup shoulders rather more than the generality; the petals are remarkably broad, and stout beyond any other sort I am acquainted with. The feather intensely dark, with a strong beam or flame up the centre of each petal. A noble fourth row.
I have but once seen in good character. The form is good, the purple light, generally flame and feather.
Added to the above there is a bizarre which I had forgotten to notice, it is called Oriflamme. I do not think Mr. Gibbons named it, but it certainly is one of his. It is a very good and pure cup, with a single flame of bright red, without a particle of feather. Now this is a style of flower that does not suit northern growers, which is one reason why it is not seen more frequently.
I have now, Mr. Editor, done till the blooming season is past, when, if nothing unforeseen happens, and my remarks suit your readers, you shall hear from me again.
H. S. M.