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.
This grand strain of Ten-weeks Stock does not appear to be so much appreciated as it deserves to be. When well grown, as every variety of Stock should be to be fully appreciated, this particular kind surpasses far all the other strains of the annual Stock. The colours are bright and telling, and the flowers individually are twice as large as the ordinary strains, while the tall pyramidal habit, when well grown 2 or 2 1/2 feet high, with the central spike equal to three parts of the height, adapt them for forming bold masses and back lines. They are also well adapted for exhibition, particularly in pots, and altogether deserve to be better known than they appear to be. W. S.