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New Roses were shown in good condition by Mr Turner and Messrs Paul & Son. In the former's collection Paul Verdier, Souvenir de Monsieur Boll, Horace Ver-net, and Princess Mary of Cambridge were in fine order. The best nine came from Messrs Paul & Son, who had good specimens of Juno, Victor Verdier, La Reine, Marechal Vaillant, Celine Forestier, etc. For six distinct varieties in 13-inch pots, Mr Turner took the first prize with well-grown and admirably-flowered plants of Comtesse de Chabrillant, John Keynes, Souvenir d'un Ami, etc, and Mr William Paul the second with Catherine Guillot, Lselia, Madame Charles Wood, Comte de Nanteuil, Auguste Mie, and Madame Clemence Joigneaux.
Orchids were both numerous and good. In the class for twelve, Mr C. Young, gardener to W. H. Stone, Esq., M.P., was first with a good specimen of Brassia verrucosa, with about eighteen well-developed spikes, a nicely-coloured Cattleya ametbystina, Aerides Lindleyanum, etc. Mr T. Burnett, gardener to W. Terry, Esq., Peterborough House, Fulham, came second with Saccolabium prremorsum, a good spike; Lycaste cruenta; a fine plant of Cattleya Mossiaa; and a very good Cypripedium barbatum: and Mr B. Peed, gardener to Mrs Tread well, was third, showing amongst his collection some fine Cypripediums, Epidendrum macro-chilum, Vandas, Aerides, etc. The first prize in the amateurs' class for six was taken by Mr J. Ward, gardener to F. G. Wilkins, Esq., who had Cattleya Mossise and labiata, finely coloured, Vanda suavis, etc. Mr A. Wright, gardener to C. H. C. Roberts, Esq., came second with Odontoglossum hastilabium, two good spikes, and Aerides odoratum, Cattleyas, Oncidiums, etc.; and Mr G. Young, third. The only collection shown in the nurserymen's class came from Mr B. S. Williams, to whom the first prize was awarded.
In his collection were a large specimen with three fine spikes of Cyrtopodium punctatum, Sobralia macrantha, with large and beautiful blooms; a grand specimen of Oncidium obryzatum, Odontoglossum hastatum, etc. The best single specimen was a well-flowered Cattleya Mossise, sent by Mr J. Douglas, gardener to Sir F. H. Waterlow, Highgatc. The second was Vanda suavis, furnished by Mr Parker of Tooting, and the third a fine plant of Cypripedium barbatum grandiflorum, from Mr Carson, gardener to W. R. G. Farmer, Esq., Cheam.
Heaths were indifferent on the whole; though here and there were a few good plants mingled with many of poor quality. Azaleas were much worse - large hideous plants, fit only for firewood. When shall we outlive these horticultural monstrosities?
Show Pelargoniums were staged in excellent condition by Messrs Dobson & Sons, who came first in the class for nine, with Mary Hoyle, Pericles, Beacon, Caractacus, beautifully grown and flowered to perfection. For six, Mr J. Ward came first, and Mr D. Windsor second, both contributing finely-grown plants of the usual show kinds. Messrs Dobson & Sons were again placed first in the class for six Fancies, with the following: Roi des Fantasies, Annie, Ann Page, Godfrey, Lucy, and Celestial; second, Mr C. Turner, with small but exquisitely flowered specimens of the following new kinds: Lady Carrington, Princess Teck - a perfect gem, a wondrously free-blooming light flower that must for every purpose drive all the rest out of the field - Brightness, Mrs A. Wigan, Fanny Gair, and Excelsior.
Of fruit there were some fine Peaches and Nectarines, Grapes, Figs, etc. The best Pine-apple was a well-grown Enville, weighing seven lb., sent by Mr Ward, gardener to T. N. Miller, Esq., Bishop's Stortford; the second, a very good Queen, about four lb., from Mr Budd, gardener to F. G. Dalgety, Esq.; and the third, Black Prince, furnished by Mr Wallis, gardener to J. Dixon, Esq., Astle Park, Congleton. The first prize for the best dish of black Grapes was taken by Mr J. Douglas, gardener to F. Whitbourn, Esq., Loxford Hall, Essex, who had three exceedingly well-finished bunches of Black Hamburg, which was the only variety shown in this class; the second was taken by Mr Bannerman, gardener to Lord Bagot, Blithefield, with small but nicely-coloured bunches; and Mr Sage, Ashridge Park Gardens, came third; while equal fourth prizes were awarded to Mr Miller, Combe Abbey, and Mr Eadley, Lee, Kent. Mr Miller's three bunches were large and well filled, but wanting in colour. For the best dish of White Grapes, Mr J. Douglas again came first with nine bunches of Buckland Sweetwater in good condition.
Mr Miller, Combe Abbey, was second with Golden Hamburg, large good-sbaped bunches and good berries, but deficient in colour; and Mr Tegg, gardener to the Duke of Newcastle, Clumber, was third with fair bunches of White Frontignan. Of Peaches, good dishes of Royal George were shown by Mr Lynn, gardener to Lord Boston, Hedsor; Mr Sage, Ashridge; and Mr Miller, Combe Abbey. Mr Wilkie had a nice dish of Early York; Mr Tillery, the Red Magdalen; Mr Tegg, Bellegarde; and Mr Carmichael, gardener to his Royal High ness the Prince of Wales, some well-coloured examples of Stirling Castle. The first prize was awarded to Mr Lynn, the second to Mr Sage, and the third to Mr Wilkie. Mr Lynn also came first for Nectarines, with a very fine dish of Violet Hative; the second being taken by Mr Miles, gardener to Lord Carrington, with a good dish of Elruge, which was also shown in fair condition by Mr Hill, Keele Hall Gardens; Mr Carmichael, and Mr Gardiner, gardener to E. P. Shirley, Esq., Eatington Park, Stratford-on-Avon. Good dishes of Pitmaston Orange, furnished by Mr J. Miller, gardener to Lord Foley; Hunt's Tawny, from Mr Tillery, and Bruguon from Mr Tegg, may also be mentioned as deserving of notice.
Mr Carmichael took the first prize for the best scarlet-fleshed Melon with a well-ripened Scarlet Gem; and Mr Miles the second with a well-grown Royal Ascot, which latter variety was also sent by Mr Lynn, who came first in the green-fleshed class with a good-flavoured hybrid Cashmere; Mr Miles being second with Victory of Bath. Good examples of Queen Emma and the Worksop Prize-winner were also contributed - the former by Mr Gilbert, Burghley Park Gardens, and the latter by Mr Miller, gardener to Lord Foley. Three boxes only of Strawberries were shown; a fine box of British Queen, sent by Mr J. Douglas, taking the first prize; Mr Miles coming in second with well-coloured and good-sized Sir J. Paxton; and Mr G. Young third with Kimberley. A dish each of Black Eagle and Elton Cherries were contributed by Mr Miles, who took the first prize. For the best dish of Figs no first prize was awarded, the second going to Mr J. Day, gardener to A. Seymour, Esq., Norton Hall, Daventry, who had White Marseilles; and the third to Mr Miles, for Brown Turkey.
In the Miscellaneous Class, the first prize was awarded to Mr Miller, Combe Abbey, who sent a fine cluster of Musa Cavendishii; the second to Mr Budd, for some good-sized and beautifully-coloured Tomatos: and the third to Mr H. Whiting, Battersea Rise, for eight tolerably well fruited pots of Sir C. Napier Strawberries.