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.
Last winter I observed an uncommon oddity, or floral monstrosity, in the form of a calla lily, with two separate blooms on one stalk. We have read accounts of "double callas," or "calla in a calla," but this was a case of one stalk bearing two individual flowers. The main flower stalk supported a spathe the same as the ordinary calla, but without the spadix, the lateral flower stalk bearing a perfect flower, but smaller, and divided from the main peduncle about midway, and pushed out of the side, the same as the ordinary flower stem pushes from the foot stalk of the leaf.
While speaking of these freaks of nature, quite a number of the geraniums in the greenhouses have manifested the tendency to bloom in much the same manner as the rose monstrosity which Mr. Peter Henderson describes, and which, by the way, I have also witnessed, not in the General Jacqueminot rose, however, but in the Louis Phillippe, which one season furnished a number of such specimens. Quite a number of the geraniums referred to have produced flower stalks bearing both flowers and leaves partaking in part of the nature of both branch and peduncle. This tendency seems permanent in one variety, a single-flowering sport from geranium Wonderful, every bloom stalk of which manifests this character. Out of such trusses of bloom I have observed one, two, and sometimes three, smaller, short-stemmed trusses, and frequently all with flowers open at the same time. New Albany, Indiana.
[The curious departure in the calla or Rich-ardia AEthiopica, has been common this year. Some score of cases have been brought to our attention. We have never seen such cases until this season. In botanical language, a large, white bract, just like the ordinary spathe or "flower," appears about four or six inches below the normal flower, which is smaller than usual. We have been much interested in it, as it throws light on some other curious questions connected with botanical studies. - Ed. G. M].