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.
Among the new petunias this season, one under the name of Edward Beach, shown by Messrs. Frost &
Co., of Rochester, at the June meeting of the Western New York Horticultural Society, is perhaps one of the best.
Growing and Fruiting Dwarf Pears.
The White Petunia (P. nyctaginiflora) is a native of South America, near the mouth of the Rio de la Plata, where it was discovered in 1823. The Purple Petunia (P. violacea) was discovered in 1830, growing on the banks of the river Uruguay, Buenos Ayres. As both these plants were readily propagated, both by cuttings and seeds, they soon spread over Europe and America, and now make one of the chief ornaments in all gardens. By hybridization, care in the selection of seeds from the best plants, and general good culture, an innumerable number of good plants have been raised far superior in size and beauty to the original. When a flower of particular merit is obtained, it is propagated by cuttings, and soon disseminated. Those who grow them as annuals in the open ground, should be careful to save seed from only the best flowers, and it is well to remove all poor flowers from the bed. Among the best Petunias is the one we figure in this article, Petunia punctata, as it is of fair form, and of a remarkable color, approaching to blue, with a sort of variegated stripe of white, which forms a pretty contrast with the ground color.
Loveliness, blush with red stripes; Ariel, white with purple stripes; Chancellor, blush barred with purple; Nellie, pure white striped crimson; Purple Bedder, fine purple. Petunias require a fresh, light, rather rich soil.
The Petunia is really one of the most valuable summer flowering plants we have. Not much for cutting from, it is true, but still they are so easily grown, so indifferent to heat and drought, so continuously flowering, and flowering in so many of its shades of color so gaily, what in these valuablo particulars can excel it?
There is, besides all this, some novelty in them. We recollect very well when the Petunia first came into general notice as a cultivated flower. It was then a pale rose color, and not half the size they are now. A few years after, the big, coarse, white flower kind got into our gardens, and since then there have been numerous forms and shades of color ranging between white and rose. The florist has taken hold of them and produced distinct races, and given them fancy names, borrowed from aristocratic people, as if that is the proper course to pursue in making aristocratic caste in Petu-niadom. Then some of them are very sweet, especially at nightfall, and their odor attracts the night moths, until a bed of petunias of a light summer evening is by no means a small attraction in the most pretentious flower garden. - And then they can be had so easily. A ten-cent paper will give plants which will flower where they are sown in six weeks afterwards. - Germantown Telegraph.