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Brilliant scarlet; flowers produced in largish trusses in wonderful profusion. Habit compact and dwarf; lively green leaves slightly zoned. We regard this, from our experience of it in two different soils and localities, as, taken as a whole, the most useful Pelargonium that ever came under our notice. It has not a fault that can be named. It is brilliant, free in growth, and for keeping up a continuous profusion of telling blooms we have seen nothing in the Pelargonium way to equal it for bedding. It is excellent for pot-culture, and in intermediate heat blooms profusely all the dull months of winter. At present we have a quantity of it in a temperature of 55° to 60°, that were lifted out of the beds in October, and since the middle of November they have been studded with bold trusses of bloom; and this in the case of plants that were late in September denuded of every growth that would make a cutting. The more vigorously it grows, the more blooms are produced.
This for beds is second only to Vesuvius. It is more of a crimson scarlet, and not so lively a colour for distant effect, but in all other respects it is the equal of Vesuvius.
This well deserves its name as a pot-plant, in which condition only have we yet proved it. But we have its character from a reliable friend in the midland counties of England as one of the most effective of bedders. It belongs to the nosegay section, and has immense trusses of orange-scarlet blooms on very stout footstalks. Habit compact.
Bright scarlet. Immense truss; free and fine bedder.
Very bright rose; very large trusses in great profusion. We have not proved this variety on an extensive scale, but from what we saw of it last season, and heard of it at Kew and in the midland counties, it must prove to be the finest of all our rose-coloured bedders, and in a pot it is splendid.
This is a fine zonal variety, its form and substance being much like Lord Derby, with a richer colour. Much is expected of this variety.
These are crimson varieties, of which we think very highly as bedders, more especially the two first named, which are both excellent in habit, having immense trusses produced very abundantly. Bayard's character is well established, and William Thomson, though we had only two plants of it planted out this year, we think quite equal to it.
Bluish-lilac; very pleasing colour; large truss; moderately-profuse bloomer; well worth growing in beds on account of its lively colour. Should be plunged in 6-inch pots, when it flowers more freely. Fine pot-variety and late winter-bloomer.
Have not proved this variety, but from reliable authority learn that it has been superior to Christine - to which class it belongs - in England these last dry summers. It has not run so much to seed as Christine; but for wet seasons and northern districts we suspect Christine is not easily conquered.
From among numerous varieties we have selected several other sorts, of which we prefer not to speak confidently at present.
Growers who do not possess Glow and Violet Hill, the former a scarlet, the latter a dwarf rose-colour, should add them to their collections. Glow is a very fine bedder, and Violet Hill the best dwarf Rose we have ever seen. D. T.
December 12, 1870.