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.
The Queen of the Amazon - the Victoria Water Lily - has been flowering beautifully the past summer in a tank eighteen feet in diameter, in the garden of Dr. T. G. Richardson at New Orleans. The leaves are about five feet in diameter, and the flowers about six inches across. Mr. Lester, Mr. Richardson's gardener, sowed the seed in March last, under a temperature of 900. The plant was kept in a tub of water till the warm weather permanently set in, when it was placed in the open-air tank.