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The following notes on some of the flowers exhibited at this exhibition have been furnished to us by Mr Thomas Haynes of Derby, a successful cultivator and exhibitor. After the awards were made, some of the leading growers went round the show and noted down the flowers that were shown particularly well on this occasion. It is gratifying to know that many cultivators of the Tulip are readers of the - Gardener,' and the publication of these notes will be appreciated by them.
1. Mr Barlow Martin's No. 101 feathered Byblcemen, very pretty, much in the style of Denman, but an improvement on that old variety. Sir J. Paxton was grand, and deservedly obtained the premium prize as the best flamed flower in the exhibition. Mrs Lea, good; Aglaia, good; Charmer (Martin), a bright rose, very beautiful, but the petals are rather narrow; Duchess of Sutherland (Walker), good; Celestial, large and good; Talisman (Hardy), feathered Byblcemen, most beautiful; Polyphemus, grand; Sovereign, good; Bacchus, good. This stand was very closely run by Mr Headly's, whose flowers, however, were a little past their best, and were being severely tried by the heat of the day. 2. Mr Headly - Wm. E. Gladstone, feathered byblcemen, is first-class, certainly one of the best; Circe, flamed Rose - the same may be said of this, quite in the style of, and very like, a good Sarah Headly; Prince of Wales, flamed bizarre: this was very fine, large, and beautifully marked, but hardly strong enough in colour. The above are seedlings of Mr Headly, and they do him credit. Sarah Headly was grandly feathered.
John Kemble, flamed byblcemen, John Thornley, flamed by bloemen, and Dr Hardy (Storer), were all exceedingly fine. 3. David Barber - Mrs Pickerell, grand; this was the premier feathered flower of the exhibition. Heroine was good. Jacomb's Perfection, feathered bizarre, is a sort little known, but it is rightly named; it is one of the best of its class, and is certainly the richest of colour of any bizarre in cultivation. Paxton was good, Alexander Magnus good, but too long. This stand of flowers contained the best-grown specimens in the exhibition; and had the show been two days earlier, it must have been first instead of third. 4. William Lea. - Industry, feathered, grand; Talisman (Hardy), grand. This is a sort that will be looked after, but we think it will have to be shown young, as the outside petals seem inclined to reflex. This was observable in each case where it was exhibited. Paxton, feathered, was in fine style, so was Adonis, flamed; and Dr Hardy, Queen of the North, Lord Byron, and Heroine, were all pretty.
1. Rev. S. Cresswell. - George Hayward, feathered, was good; a feathered bizarre of Storer (no name) was also good. Nepaulese Prince, flamed byblcemen, good, and a feathered Vicar of Radford the best we remember to have seen. 2. Mr Willison; John Sanderson, ex. ex. ex. - Eliza, flamed bybloemen (Willison), is a good thing, and worth looking after. Mrs Sharp, feathered bybloemen, heavy but good. Juliet, feathered, the first we have seen, was good, and much like Heroine. Juliet, flamed, was also very pretty. 3. Mr Haynes. - Paxton flamed and Paxton feathered were both good. Beatrice, feathered bybloemen (Haynes), beautiful. Sarah Ann (Gibbon), an old flower, but when caught in character, is equal to anything in its class. Orion, feathered bizarre (Storer), and Mrs Lea, that had been good. 4. Mr Pickerell. - Paxton, good; Aglaia, good, and Victoria, feathered, the best we have ever seen grown in the midland counties.
6 Dissimilars. - 1. Mr Barber. In this stand Mrs Pickerell and Spencer's First-rate were good, the others nothing to speak of. 2. Mr Pickerell. - Paxton, Pickerell, and Aglaia, were all good flowers. 3. Mr Willison. - Henry Steward, feathered bizarre, is a first-class flower; so is Sarah Leach, flamed byblcemen; Invincible, feathered bybloemen, was good; and so was Captivator, flamed rose; and Paxton, flamed. We think this stand was better than the first. 4. Mr Sharp. - Paxton, Heroine, Adonis, and Demosthenes were all good. 5. Mr Headly. - Mrs Pickerell was the best of the lot; Dr Hardy was good, and so was Arethusa, feathered Rose, much in the style of Sarah Headly. 6. Mr Haynes. - Masterpiece, grand; Dr Hardy, grand; Adonis had been fine, but now quartered; Talisman, flamed, ex. ex. ex., but outside petals reflexed with old age and hot weather. The flowers in this had been very fine, but were two and three days past their best.
In the first stand of 3 Feathers (Lea) all were good; 2. (Sharp), do. do.; 3. (Haynes), do. do.; 4. (Barlow) contained a very beautiful but small Violet Amiable, and a good Heroine; 5. (William Lea, jun.) contained some nice flowers, but all small.
Among the beaten stands in this class were Headly's Pactolus, very grand, and Lord Byron, Industry, and Fairy Queen, all very beautiful.
In first three flames (Haynes) was a very fine Denman. In 2d do. (Willison) was British Queen and Sir J. Paxton in fine character. In 3d do. (Hextall) was Smith's Prince of Wales, flamed bizarre, good, and Walker's Duchess of Sutherland - the best bloom of the sort in the exhibition. In 4th do. (Pickerell) was a nice bloom of Orion (Storer) after the style of Dr Hardy, but not equal to it. 5th do. (Mr Shorthouse).
In stands of 6 Breeders Mr Headly was first with six good seedlings, especially one of the Roses, which took the premier prize for Breeders, and which was, we think, the finest Rose Breeder we ever saw. Mr Haynes came second with six really good Breeders, the most noticeable of which was a fine large seedling bybloemen and two good Roses - Oliver and Parker's Rose of England. Mr Barlow was 3d, and the best blooms were Lucretia, rose, Talisman bybloemen, and William Lee, bizarre. Mr Lea was 4th, and in his stand was a very good bizarre Ariosto (Slater), and one or two good seedlings.
Thomas Haynes. Derby.