This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Some variegated plants are beautiful, but on the whole there is a good deal of sameness among them, and it is a pleasure to note any departure from this monotony. One of the most beautiful of these departures is a Begonia in the collection of Mr. David Cliffe, Florist, of Germantown. It belongs to the vigorous shrubby class, and with glaucous silvery-nerved leaves. This parent is in itself a pretty kind by the glaucous green of the leaves and the silvery shading of the veins, while the rosy undersurface adds to the attraction. In this sport we have both yellow and white variegations, and a large plant well grown would not we believe be excelled by anything in the whole range of greenhouse plants. It is not simply a variegation of two colors - but of four or five.