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The seed-beds will now require considerable attention, weeding out those of bad shape, and marking any that may promise well. The next four weeks will comprise the height of the Pansy bloom, and we hope the season will be such as will repay the trouble of growing them. Put in as many cuttings as can be procured during this month. Happy is he who shall find himself well furnished with a stock of well-established young plants for autumn blooming!
Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.
These have been unusually fine this spring. Absence of bright sunlight has kept the colours from running; the late rains will also be very beneficial in prolonging their beauty, and in maintaining the size of the flowers. To this end, thinning the young shoots should be continued; water with weak liquid manure, and shade very sparingly: shading helps the present bloom, but spoils the plants; it should only be resorted to in very hot weather, a few days before the blooms are wanted for exhibition.
Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.
Gather seed, and continue to increase new or fine varieties, which should be transplanted, as soon as struck, into a bed prepared with light sandy soil. Shade during the hottest part of the day, until they have taken hold of the ground.
Royal Nursery Slough. C. Turner.
These have had a trying time of late. Should we get rain, however, some fine blooms will be produced on the plants struck in April and May. Gather the flowers until they are in character. Spring-sown seedlings will also begin to bloom; discard with care at first, as the best flower in the bed will bloom but indifferently now: this is not the case with autumn-sown seedlings. Prepare a bed for autumn planting. This is the best time to get seed in quantity; it will not be of the quality of that saved previously. C. Turner.
Plant out for spring-blooming, a good distance apart, if plants are in good health; and pot up into small sizes such plants as are intended for blooming in pots next spring. Plant out seedlings; and continue to propagate by putting in cuttings and dividing the root.
Slough. C. Turner.
No time should be lost in completing the planting, either seedlings or named flowers, for spring bloom; but should the plants of any variety be weakly, pot them in preference to planting out, and winter them in cold frames, unless you can cover them with small glasses in very wet or severe weather. Should the soil get baked by heavy rains, hoe between the plants whenever it shall have become sufficiently dry for that purpose. The general stock should now be potted up; they will do equally well one plant or several in a pot, provided they are planted out early in the spring, before the roots become matted together. Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.
If any of those intended for wintering in frames are still in the ground, let them be potted up without delay; those that were first planted out will require looking over on a fine day, loosening the surface of the soil, as well as to peg down and secure any long branches from becoming injured during unfavourable weather. Fresh-planted seedlings will also require looking over, or many will be lost by worms. Cuttings may still be put in, under glass, when parting any large plants.
Royal Nursery, Slough. C.Turner.
See last month.
Royal Nursery, Slough. C. Turner.
This is a splendid thing. The Florist says it is "a flower of fine substance, good shape, and evenly marked; yellow ground, dark top-petals; the lower ones, margined with the same shade of colour, are bold and distinct; size, medium. It is a considerable improvement on President." This will be found a great acquisition in its class. The stock is yet, I believe, in the possession of the raiser; and therefore I cannot say by whom it will be sent out.
This is an excellent flower, and a decided beat on Hall's Rainbow, and more constant; in fact, it is showable all the season. It is indispensable as a self in any collection.
Upper petal rich puce, the lower ones broadly belted with the same; centre straw; blotch fine, and very distinct; size usual; smooth flower.
Upper petals bluish lilac, and lower ones broadly belted with the same; centre creamy white, blotch very large and solid; size large, petals of great substance, and a smooth flower.
Major's Hebe and Sir J. Franklin are also fine flowers.
Let out by Messrs. Major and Son, Knowsthorpe, Leeds.
Mr. J. Harrison of Darlington has half a dozen superior varieties, but which will not be let out till next autumn; previous to which their merits will again be fully tested, and a more accurate description obtained than I could at present furnish.
Mr. Nichol of Leeds, I am informed, has a Verbena of some merit, which will make its appearance among the novelties of next season.
I have some notes on Tulips; but as they have been so ably described by "H. S. M." in your January Number, any further notice is unnecessary.
Many fine varieties of Calceolarias appear to have been raised this year both in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Durham; and which will probably be advertised by the various nurserymen letting out the same in spring.
Mr. Deans has raised a few, which are highly spoken of, as being both novel and possessing considerable properties, and which will probably be sent out by Mr. Wilcke.
This Calceolaria is a dark variety in the style of Kinghorn's Emperor, and a seedling of last season. Colour very rich, and size and outline good; free bloomer. As Mr. Wilcke does not intend to send out this variety till the spring of 1851, I shall reserve further description of it until it has been tried another season. It is, however, a very promising flower.
A Scarlet Geranium of very superior properties; the trusses are of immense size, and the flowers of good shape and suhstance. A Florist who saw the plant when in bloom remarks, " The profuse-ness with which it blooms is truly astonishing; and the leaves are so small, that scarcely any of them will cover a crown-piece; added to this, the habit of the plant is dense and bushy. I feel confident it will be quite a novelty, as well as a decided improvement on the Scarlets in cultivation." Raised by Mr. John Deans, gardener to H. L. Pattinson, Esq., Felling, Newcastle.
The above comprise the best things I have seen; there may nevertheless be scores more; if so, let others supply what I have omitted; and I trust we shall have no more grumbling about " ex-clusiveness;" but that those who have been wont to deal in mere assertions will, for the future, take honest notes of all novelties, and follow the example of.
Whitby, Dec. 14, 1849. W. Woodhouse.