This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", 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.
A very choice and beautiful plant, somewhat singular as well in structure and aspect. The flowers are pure white, and appear in ordinary seasons in the end of April, and last till the end of May.
Ambrose Verschaffelt, Carl Wolfarth, Dazzle, Doctor Hopf, Edmund Boissar, Longiflora major, Mauve Queen, Meteor, Parsonsi, Purpurea elegans, and Sir Treherne Thomas. If the bulbs be placed in heat about March or April, they will start into growth, and can then be potted in 48 or 32-pots, placing six or eight bulbs in a pot. In this way they can be grown on, and will come into bloom so as to succeed the Pelargoniums.
In the 'Gardener' I find that one of your correspondents wonders why Vallota is called purpurea, as it has no purple about it - but purpurea is really scarlet. The Tyrian purple was a scarlet dye, and to be born in the purple indicates that scarlet is the regal colour. D.
Vanda suavis, ......
" tricolor formosa, .....
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Largest number on one plant, ....
There are about as many more spikes in later stages.
Too much cannot be said in favour of this fine Cauliflower, and it certainly is well worthy of its name Autumn Giant. I cut some heads last October which measured from 8 to 10 inches in diameter, beautifully formed, exceedingly white, and of uniform closeness. By making two sowings, one about the middle of April, the other a month later, it will give a supply from the beginning of September up to December. H. Mason.
Bisbrook Hall, Uppingham.
We cannot say what is the cause of your Crocuses coming up as you describe. They will probably come right by-and-by.
By using fresh horse-droppings, either in the composition of your soil, or as a top-dressing for your border, you always incur a danger, more or less according to quantities, etc, of producing fungi, which would be injurious to the roots of your Vines. If you have to use manure, let it be partly decomposed at least.