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.
Last year you published a small sketch from my pen of the suc cessful treatment of this plant in the open air at Springbrook, and I think I implied a promise to report on the result of its trial out during the winter. In a recent visit, I was pleased to find that it had stood out perfectly well, and had covered the whole of the basin with its beau tiful foliage, among which several flower spikes were strongly pushing their way. I look upon this as one of the most interesting plants Mr. Cora's liberal patronage of horticulture has been the means of showing us in perfection; for even the Victoria regia, so gorgeous and unapproach able in itself from the great expense required to its perfect production, must forever remain a luxury to be enjoyed but by a few. But in this we have a plant superior to anything generally seen in this climate, beautiful and long famed as one of India's choicest treasures, adapting itseli to our wants and wishes as perfectly as our own white Water Lily. As the plant last year was but raised in the spring, it did not flower till September, and so had no time to perfect its seeds being now two months earlier, the probabilities are that there will be an abundance this season.
In the same basin Mr. Cora has also growing another kind of NelumbUtm, brought from Minora and presented to him by a lady of Natchez, I observed, on sowing the seed last winter, that they were nearly round; and as the leaves now have a much greener hue than the Speciosum the probability is that another valuable addition has been made to this admirable collection. The Nelumbium luteum has also been domiciled with these others, so that some interesting hybrid may be looked for. Thos. Meehan, Philadelphia.
Mant of the readers of the Horticulturist will doubtless be pleased to learn that the plant of which I have given the name at the head of this article, proved entirely hardy with us during the past winter, and has been for the few past weeks producing a succession of beautiful pink flowers. The plant is growing in a basin in the kitchen garden, which receives the overflow from the banks, and which is always thoroughly frozen over during the winter. The N. luteum is growing by its side, and is just coming into bloom, the plant having been set out this spring. A variety from the Island of Minorca is also growing in this tank. From the color of the leaves, being much lighter than those of the N. specioium, we are in hopes that it will prove the N. alba, or some other variety not hitherto known to us. For the seeds of this latter, we are indebted to a lady of Mississippi, who kindly sent them to the proprietor of these grounds.
We have just coming into bloom, in our aquarium, the Nymphcea coerulea, received from Mr. Allen, of Salem, Mass.
The Stanwick Nectarine has just fruited with us; and I take pleasure in saying that it exceeds all others, of the melting varieties, with which we are acquainted, in regard to flavor.
Our original plant of the Victoria rtgia is somewhat in repose at this time, having a few weeks since produced, for the present, its last flower (208th). Having decided that it is a perennial, we propose, in a few months, to introduce a young plant into the tank, as a substitute for the old one, the latter no longer producing seed abundantly.
[We are much obliged to J. G. for the information. We are glad to learn that the Stanwick Nectarine proves so excellent - Ed].