This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Among the many plants that have been of late subjected to floricultural improvement, strange to say this has hitherto escaped notice. Is it because this variety of Pelargonium is a perfect gem in its present form that nothing has been done respecting it? Beautiful, however, as it now is, surely we err if we consider it incapable of improvement. As a stepping-stone to future action, therefore, permit me to suggest the propriety, of such as may have an opportunity of doing so, of taking the matter in hand; and perhaps it would be well, in the first place, to institute a course of experiments having for their object a more perfect knowledge of means whereby it may be brought to a flowering state with greater certainty than it hitherto has been. In the mean while, I promise you, circumstances permitting, that I shall not be unmindful of the subject, nor fail in publishing the result of my experience. I remember, several years ago, having seen a purple variety of Echinatum, but cannot find any one who has it.
Can any of your readers assist me in this matter? An East Anglican.