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.
We have to thank Mr. Robert Buist for a contribution of fine plants which are in season for bedding. Among them the following verbenas: Sir Joseph Paxton, Lady Palmerston, Evening Star, (especially beautiful), Emperor, Lady Fitzroy, Rosy Gem, and Buist's Crimson Perfection. A new double Petunia of great merit, the Heliotrope Buist's Beauty, and four new Lantanas, viz.: Flavicona, Snow Ball, Marquis de Leporto, and Alba grandiflora. We are also indebted for a large plant of Brugmansia (Datura) Knightii; this placed along with the double white makes a very beautiful lawn object, both blooming freely together.
Folia Orchidacea, Part VIII. (Matthews, 5, Upper Wellington Street) has appeared with five genera and the commencement of a sixth. To what extent the knowledge of orchids has extended may be judged from the following comparison of species before botanists in 1830 and and 1858.
Mr. Buchanan, of New York, has recently received an accession of new plants, a list and description of which we are now preparing.
We take the following notices of new plants from our English exchanges:
We have elsewhere alluded to Sanchezia nobilis variegata as being probably the best novelty let out during the present spring, and may, therefore, here pass on to notice other acquisitions of merit, among which must not be forgotten the Double Crimson Thorn, recently figured by us. Another prominent place among the novelties of the season must • be accorded to Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) pardina (Bot. Mag., t. 5645), one of Messrs. Veitch & Sons' introductions from Peru. This Amaryllis is one of the broad-petaled species, with a very shallow tube, and the segments spreading out to form a wide open flower, showing off its very novel coloring to advantage. The color is a pale straw yellow, spotted all over with small irregular more or less confluent blotches of crimson, the markings being exactly analogous to those which occur on many varieties of Calceolaria or Tydaea. It is a very beautiful plant, and is quite an acquisition among stove bulbs.
Among stove terrestrial Orchids a very pretty species has been published under the name of Bletia Sherrattiana (Bot. Mag., t. 5646). It is a native of New Grenada, and has vertically flattened pseudobulbs, plicate leaves, and racemes of large bright purplish rose flowers, a dozen or more together, of delicate texture, with broad petals and a beautifully marked lip. The habit is that of B. verecunda. The lip is large and flat-tish, three-lobed, with large rounded or reniform side lobes, and a transversely reni-form terminal lobe, which is deeper colored than the rest; the center is pale-colored, and marked with three parallel golden lamellae or crests, from whence purple veins radiate into the side lobes. It is an important addition to the ranks of terrestrial Orchids. Another acquisition, just flowered in the collections of Mr. Dawson, of Meadow Bank, and Mr. Marshall, of Enfield, is the New Grenada Odontoglossum roseum, a small-flowered plant having blossoms wholly of a pretty rose-color, and which is a very ornamental object.
M. Kegel figures in the Gartenflora a desirable-looking hardy pcrennial,named Primula luteola (t. 541), which may be compared to a yellow-flowered P. denticulata, the leaves much resembling those of that elegant species, and the infloresence being also similar in character, though the flowers are a trifle larger. It was discovered in the Caucasus by Ruprecht, growing abundantly in moist situations at a considerable elevation, and was raised by him and given to Mr. Buck, of St. Petersburg, by whom the specimen was flowered. The leaves are six inches to a foot long, with margins recurved, flowers pale yellow, with a dash of golden yellow about the throat. Blooms in August. - London Florist and Pomologist.
Although a few of the plants named in the following list were introduced last year, yet the experience of a year is sufficient to warrant new and more enthusiastic recommendations. The first five are introduced for the first time this year:
The new features were ferns, variegated plants, and hanging baskets; as many as sixty forms of variegated plants were in the room, and very attractive, from the expensive Pandanus, to the simple and every-day Hydrangea. Ferns, under good care, have a charm to the cultivated eye, but we doubt of their being the plant for the million. In new ornamental plants not before exhibited, we noticed Eugenia ugni - in fruit, rather small for table use; and it does not come up to the impression the English have made upon us. Tree Fern, a gigantic affair; very tropical. Pentas rosea, more distinct than was expected. Dra-cena picta is very elegant amongst the variegated plants, and fully equal to any of that tribe. We must not overlook the highly extolled Pampas Grass - quite ornamental, but, we fear, too tender for culture north of Baltimore; for Southern lawns it will answer, as it resists heat and drought, is graceful in habit, and attractive in bloom, but far from being a forage plant, as was hoped.
The whole exhibition was creditable, but we have seen better. Was it not too early!