This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Several seedling Dahlias were produced; Mr. Dodds, of Salisbury, had Miss Herbert, bronzy pink, with light tip; Lord Raglan, a flower like Sir John Franklin, but lighter; and Mrs. Stowe, bright lilac pink, to which a certificate of Merit was awarded. Mr. Wheeler sent blooms of Lord Bath, a deep maroon, good in form and substance, and Primrose Peerless, a promising flower. Mr. Keynes sent Ruby Queen, a well formed medium sized flower, to which a first-class certificate was awarded; Comet, plate yellow, and pink, slightly striped with crimson, which received a certificate of merit; and Lady Folkeston, yellowish buff tipped with bright rosy purple, which also received a certificate of merit Mr. Rawlings sent Miss Frampton, deep red ground with shaded white tip, good form and substance, and well deserving the first-class certificate which was awarded to it Mr. Pope, of Pimlico, exhibited Omcr Pacha, scarlet, and Mrs. Howard, light yellow, shaded and tipped with deep salmon; a certificate of merit was awarded to the latter variety. A few good seedling Hollyhocks came from Mr. Parsons, of Welwyn, but as single blooms only of each variety were shown the judges could not give any awards.
Messrs. Dobson and Son sent a dwarf white Phlox, called Omniflora compacts, to which a certificate of merit was awarded; and blooms of a seedling light-colored Verbena, called Fragrans, Mr. Cole, of St Alban's, exhibited cut blooms of his very pretty pure white bedding Calceolaria, Purity, a variety that should be extensively grown for bedding purposes. Mr. Rawlings also exhibited his seedling Dahlias, Dr. Reid, dark purple, and Mr. Critchett, deep scarlet.
Dahlias were again exhibited in considerable numbers. The Rev. C. Fellows, of Shottisham Rectory, near Norwich, sent eight varieties, consisting of Cossack, a brilliant carmine, full sized flower, with close, well-formed centre; the Nigger, which is perhaps the darkest flower grown, being nearly black, and smaller in the petal than Essex Triumph. Three blooms of each of the above two varieties were shown, and both had certificates awarded them. Mr. Fellows also sent 12 blooms of his Pre-eminent, a large deep purple, and very constant, but not in a condition to receive any award. The other five were - Tasso, dark shaded puce, rather small, but fine in petal and form; Portrait, a light orange scarlet; Harbinger, an improved Shy lock, a very deep flower; Aginoourt, bright purple, and very promising; and Glenlyon and General Washington; the two latter not good. Mr. C J. Perry, of Birmingham, was awarded a first class certificate for his seedling fancy Dahlia, Baron Alderson, orange, tipped with white, Mr. J. S. Prockter, of Bermodsey, sent three varieties - Fanny Russell, Empress, and Miss Russell. The first named is a pretty fancy flower, of good shape and medium size, salmon buff; tipped with pale flesh color; this is a neat, smooth flower, and had a certificate awarded to it Empress is a pretty light kind, something like Annie Salter. Miss Russell, lilac, is all that can be desired in form, but has a loose imperfect centre, the petal standing upright instead of incurving.
Lollipop, exhibited by G. Holmes, Esq., is a large reflexed flower, with a high centre; the outline is very good, being nearly half a globe, of a curious pinkish buff color. Three blooms were exhibited, and a certificate was awarded to it, although a seedling of 1854 A first class certificate was awarded to Mr. C. Turner, of Slough, for Espartero, a flower of great substance, smooth, and of good form; the centre is close and high; the petals small, close, and well-arranged, nine blooms of this variety were exhibited. Dr. Reed, a dark maroon Dahlia, was exhibited by Mr. Rawlings, and has some good points, but as exhibited there was not enough of it There were also nine of named varieties, in which we noticed a fine bloom of Sir John Franklin, which, when large, is without an equal in form; this bloom was deservedly admired. Of other subjects, the moat interesting were some varieties of Phlox Drummondi, exhibited by Mr. Cole, two of which were large and very round, with distinct white eyes. The same exhibitor sent cut blooms of shrubby Calceolarias, amongst which we noticed Prince of Orange, a good bedding variety, of dwarf habit, small, with compact heads of flower, and of rather a novel color - yellowish brown, - Gardeners Chronicle.