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.
I noticed last summer a number of Begonia seedlings which I planted, as they were crosses between "semperflorens rosea" and "Schmidti." I have it now in bloom with a white flower slightly tinged pink, it being literally full of flowers from every joint. It grows well whether dry or wet. The leaf is most luxurious, resembling "Schmidti," rather larger. It beats any other Begonia we have, in blooming. It is quite distinct from either of its parents. Not more than one-twentieth of the seedlings resemble semp. rosea, and none Schmidti. Jacksonville, Ills., Feb. nth, 1884.