This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The following remarks, taken during the blooming season of 1868, may be interesting as well as useful to those who take an interest in the cultivation of florist flowers. Those enumerated in Section I. may be considered as first-class, and those of Section II., although only of second-rate merit in general, and not altogether to be depended upon for exhibition purposes, are still useful, and first-class flowers may occasionally be obtained from them: -
Alexander M'Nab, Arab, Cherub, Dr Robert Lee, Dux, Golden Prince, George Keith, L. F. Fleming, Masterpiece, Miss Ramsay, Miss Muir, Snowdrop.
Alexander Tait, Constance, Councillor Milligan, David Syme, Excelsior, Golden Lion, Highland Mary, Yellow Queen.
Alexander Whamond, Allan Ramsay, Andrew Smith, Czar, Clipper, Gem, George Wilson, Iris, J. B. Downie, Norma, Oriel.
Comus, Defoe, Emily Lyle, Fire-Eater, Hugh Campbell, John Inglis, Mrs Downie, Prince of Wales, William Wilson.
Clara, Francis Lightbody, Lady Lucy Dundas, Lavinia, Mary Lamb, Maggie Grieve, Princess of Wales, Queen, Village Maid.
Cupid, Elvina, Jessie Laird, Miss M. Carnegie, Mrs Hopkins, Waverley.
Amy, Black Prince, Daisy, Dewdrop, Dragon, Earl of Rosslyn, Fairy Queen, Hugh W. Adair, Keekum, Kettledrum, Miss Melville, Mrs R. Dean, Mrs T. Scott, Mrs H. Northcote, Noemi-Demay, Ninian Niven, Princess Mathilda, Rev. James Robertson, Sunrise, Sweet Lucy, Tambourine, Teutonia.
Caffra, Dogstar, Figaro, Indigo, Lady Montgomery, Medora, Orange Boven, Oriana, Punch, Princess Alice, Striped Queen.
Charles Eyre, Consul Beda, Countess of Craven, Cygnet, Earl of Breadalbane, Fred Chater, 'George Paul, Gem of Yellows, Hercules, Her Majesty, Hugh Smith, J. W. Martin, Joshua Clarke, James Anderson, John Tweedie, Lady W. W. Wynn, Lord Clifden, Lord Rokeby, Mrs P. Bruce, Mrs Downie, Mrs Hastie, Mrs B. Todd, Magnet, Purple Emperor, Princess Christian, Queen Victoria, R. G. Ross,. Sir Robert Hay, The Prince, William Anderson, William Thomson, William Craven, William Thorn, William Marshall.
Beauty of Mitford, Decision, Empress of India, George Keith, Glory, Invincible, Jaune d'Or, John Cowan, James Duff, Lady Middleton, Lady Rokeby, Lady de3 Veaux, Lilac Queen, Mrs W. Sharpe, Mrs Elliot, Mrs F. Mackenzie, Mrs Tod, Ne plus ultra, Orange Boven, Purple Prince, Robert Patterson, Rosy Gem, Royal Scarlet, Seraph, Tournament, William Young.
Anne Keynes, Adonis, Bullion, Beacon, Butterfly, Constance, Caroline Tetterell, Flambeau, Guardsman, High Sheriff, James Backhouse, John Kesby, Lady Derby, Leats, Lord Derbj', Memorandum, Mrs Boston, Mrs Dodds, Mrs Darling, Miss Henshaw, Paradise Williams, Princess of Wales, Sir G. Smythe, Samuel Naylor, Valentine, Vice-President, Vidette, Yellow Boy.
Alexandra, Albion, Clara Simons, Freemason, Flossy Gill, Fanny Purchase, Favourite, Golden Drop, Golden Gem, Harriet Tetterell, Hebe, Homer, John Dimnington, Mrs Thornhill, Mephistopheles, Princesa Alice, Scarlet Gem, Tiffany.
Attraction, Billy Button, Chameleon, Ebor, Fanny Sturt, Gem (Pope), Gem (Stafford), Jeanie Deans, Leopardess, Miss Ruth, Mrs Joy, Mdlle. Nilsson, [Master Tommy, President Lincoln, Prospero, Queen Mab, Regalia, Regularity, Striped Perfection.
Angelina, Butterfly, Bessie Wyatt, Favourite, Frank Tiffin, John Burn, Octoroon, Peeress, Prince of Wales, Queen of Sports, Reliance, Startler, Topsawyer.
Alexander Shearer, Alexandra, Cygnet, Duchess of Hamilton, Duchess of Sutherland, George Wyness, George Goodall, Her Majesty, John Cumming, Lady L. Dundas, Miss C. Duncan, Miss Ure, Mrs Shanke, Mrs Austin, Mrs Duff, Mrs Laing, Princess Alexandra, Princess of Wales, The Deacon, William M'Aulay, William Shand.
Adam Thomson, Dr Bremner, Gem, James Laing, John Baillie, Lady E. Balfour, Lady Sinclair, Mrs K. Howat, Purple Prince, Rosy Gem, W. W. Piatt.
Adelina Patti, Ange Gardien, Amabilis, Aurantiaca Superba, Gloire de Neuilly, Geant des Batailles, L'avenir, Liervalli, Mdlle. C. Nilsson, Mme. Domage, Mme. La Comtesse de Malart, Mme. Froment, Mme. Maria Saison, Mons. Veitch, Mons. Hugh Low, Mons. Linden, Mons. George Henderson, Queen Victoria, Reve d'Or, Sultan, Vierge Marie, Arthur Fontaine, Comte de Lambertye, Duke of Sutherland, Eclair, Edith, George Ville, John Laing, Mme. de Caen, Mme. Andry, Mme. Bonneau, Major Stewart, Miss Melville, John Dovvnie, Mrs Campbell, R. B. Laird, William Blackwood.
Comtesse de Chambord, Comtesse de la Panouse, Mons. Malet, Mons. W. Bull, Aurore Boreale, Figaro, Premices du Bonheur, La Candeur, Roi de Roses, Admiration, Comte de Merona, Edouard Andry, Flore, Foudroyant, Larina, Mme. Thibaut, Mme. Godefroy, Mme. Delamare, Mme. de Wendel, Mons. Allain, Mme. Rindatler, Mons. Alphonse Dufoy, Neatness, Professor Koch.
(To be continued).
[This list is by one of our ablest florists, and may be taken as a safe guide.- Ed].
Beauty, Clipper, Carnation, Eclat, Harlequin, Hendersonii, Leopard, Petrel, Prince Alfred, Rob Roy, Striata perfecta, Stella.
Beda, Cherub, Magii, Marquis, Mrs M'Donald, Nox, Royal Albert, Sunbeam, Spark, The Lady, The Prince, Victoria, War Eagle.
A. Smith, Candidate, George Sand, John Pow, Lady Hay, Lion, Laprevote, Mazeppa, Mons. Allison, Mutual, Regalia, Pauline Dinmont, Rev. J. H. Tait.
Colin Bell, Dr Hogg, Eclat, James Forrest, John Paton, Leah, Pauline, Queen Victoria, Shirley Hibberd, The Emperor, Unique, William Thorn.
Brilliantissima, Blanchette, Day Dream, First of the Day, Father Ignatius, Light Heart, Lustre, Norfolk Giant, Killiecrankie, Nonpareil, Try me 0, Bridesmaid, Madame Bront, Starlight.
Blue Beauty, Conspicua, Her Majesty, Lord Palmerston, Roderick Dhu, La Favorita, Elegantissima, Troubadour, Sir C. T. Lindsay, Madame Carne-lissen, Always Ready, King of Fuchsias.
Achilles, Charles Turner, Decision, Purity, John Hoyle, Mary Hoyle, Progress, Royal Albert, Beauty of "Windsor, The Rival, High Admiral, Archbishop.
The Charmer, Clara, Constance, Kettledrum, Scarlet Nonpareil, Pulcheria, Vesuvius, Paris, Celeste, International, Startler, Royalty.
Amy Sedgwick, Fascination, Arabella Goddard, Clara Morello, Cloth of Silver, Ellen Beck, Louisa Payne, Madame Sainton Dolby, Mrs Reynolds Hole, Sarah Turner, Silver Mantle, Liberty.
Anne Page, Beauty, Celestial, Countess "Waldegrave, Godfrey, Lady Craven, Miss in her Teens, Mrs Ford, The Champion.
Diopanthus, King of the Belgians, Napoleon III., Spotted Gem, William Bull, Theophraste, Viceroy of Egypt.
Landseer, Madame Furtado, Monitor, Peacock, Spotted Nonpareil, Virginie.
Comet, Eclat, Lord Derby, Jean Sisley, Julius Ca3sar, John Williams, Countess of Rosslyn, Emmeline, Hon. G. Hardy, Nosegay, Floribunda.
Countess of Caithness, Miss Edith, Beauty, Glow, Edith, Mrs Baird, Marksman, Duchess of Sutherland, Mrs Sanderson, Sultan.
The following may be considered some of the best: Lucy Grieve, Lady Cul-lum, Sophie Dumaresque, Spanish Beauty, Mrs Dix, Miss Watson, Mrs Turner, Sophie Cossack, Queen of Tricolors, Jetty Lacy, Louisa Smith, Queen Victoria, Caroline Longfield.
Beauty of Calderdale, Duke of Edinburgh, Luminator, E. G. Henderson, Countess of Kellie, Egyptian Queen, Kentish Hero, Mrs John Todd.
Anatoli Leroy, Crimson King, Fanny Martin, Interesting, J. C. Ward, John Wilson, James Birbeck, Lord Derby, Madame Tormellier, Shirley Hibberd, Sir George Musgrove, Coleshill.
Blondin, Achievement, Fascination, James Day, King Charming, Lord Leigh, Mrs Holford, Princess of Wales, The Cure, Rosalind, Popular, Mrs Mole.