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 was almost discouraged last spring from trying the tuberous-rooted Begonias by the accounts I had of the poor success prominent professional gardeners had in flowering them, but remembering my own a few years previous, I thought I would again give them a trial, and the great beauty of the bed amply repaid me.
The bed was three feet in diameter, in which were placed nine plants around a rose in the center. The height of the plants at the end of the season was about thirteen inches, and upon them were 324 branches of bloom, an average of thirty-six to each plant. I know of nothing whatever that was peculiar in the situation, the bed being exposed to the direct rays of the sun all summer. If failure with these plants is general, I thought my success might be interesting to your readers. Philadelphia, Twelfth mo., 6th, /883.