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.
At the June show of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Cottage Gardener says:
The subscription prizes for Variegated Zonal Pelargoniums excited much interest among exhibitors, and they brought a multitude of varieties, many of them very nearly approaching each other, but between which the shades of distinction were infinite.
In Class 15, for the best Golden Variegated Zonal Pelargonium not in commerce, Messrs. E. G. Henderson were first with Mrs. Grieve, a splendid variety, with large leaves having a broad, dark crimson zone and a distinct yellow edge. Mr. Stevens, of Ealing, was second with Achievement, also splendid, having a crimson and nearly black zone and a narrow, yellow edge. Messrs. Carter were third with Ettie Beale, with a bright and dark crimson zone, green center, and regular yellow margin, a very pretty variety. Mr. Mann, of Brentwood, was fourth with Masterpiece, having fine large leaves very well marked. Messrs. Lee, Turner, Grieve, Tanton, F. & A. Smith, Garaway, Salt-marsh, and E. G. Henderson also exhibited in this class, and some of their varieties were also fine.
The best Silver Variegated Zonal not in commerce came from Messrs. Lee, of Hammersmith, and was named Mrs. John Clut-ton. It has large leaves with a fine white edge, and a dark zone with fiery markings. Mr. Grieve, Culford Hall Gardens, was second with Lass o' Gowrie, having a broad, white margin, and a rosy crimson and dark crimson zone, a finely-marked variety. Messrs. Carter were third with Princess Beatrice, having a broad white margin surrounding a dark crimson zone, with flushes of bright crimson. Mr. Turner, of Slough, took the fourth prize with Miss F. Stevens, with a finely-marked dark zone flushed with rose.
For the best Gold and Bronze Pelargonium not in commerce, Messrs. F. & A. Smith took the first prize with Criterion, a magnificent variety, having a rich, deep brownish red zone, which, as well as the golden margin and center, is very regular. The same firm was second with Arab, having a broader margin and a somewhat greener ground color, but with the zone very rich and distinct. Mr. Turner was third with Mrs. Simpson, also a handsome variety, but not so regular in outline; and Messrs. Lee were fourth with Lady Farn-hain, with a broad, reddish brown zone and distinct yellow edging.
The best Golden-leaved variety not in commerce was Golden Emperor, with large golden leaves, with a slight tinge of the palest green, and very beautiful. This came from Messrs. Downie & Co., and the second prize went to Messrs. Salt-marsh for Golden Queen, with pale golden leaves, scarcely less beautiful. Mr. Keeler, of Lewisham, was third, with a kind also called Golden Queen, and Messrs. F. & A. Smith fourth with Golden Gem.
In the next class, for the best Silver-edged Pelargonium not in commerce, Mr. Turner was first with May Queen, with a fine pure white margin, and apparently of free habit of growth. The second prize went to Mr. Turner for Bright Star, also an excellent variety; and the third to Messrs. E. G. Henderson for Bridal Bouquet, with a leaf flatter than most others, and broadly edged with white.
The next class was for the best three Golden Variegated kinds not in commerce, and in this the first prize went to Messrs. Carter & Co. for Sir R. Napier, having a splendid blackish crimson zone and being very distinct; Prince of Wales, which maintains the high character which it gained as a seedling; and Mrs. Dunnett, with a fine, broad zone. Messrs. E. G. Henderson were second, and Messrs. F. & A. Smith third, with Jetty Lacy, very fine, Viceroy, and King. The last-mentioned firm was first in the next class, that for the best three Silver Variegated kinds, showing Banshee, Peri, and Miss Burdett Coutts; Mr. Turner being second with Excellent, Clara, and Miss F. Stevens; and Messrs. Garaway third with Silver Pheasant, Julietta, and Cup of Beauty.
In the class for the best three Gold and Bronze varieties not in commerce, some very fine ones were shown. The first prize was taken by Messrs. F. & A. Smith with Goldfinder, having a broad, reddish chocolate zone; Plutus, darker in color; Sibyl, with a broad, deep-colored zone and narrow margin, the ground color greenish yellow. These varieties were very beautiful, bold, and effective. Messrs. Carter & Co. came second with Black Prince, with a broad, very rich chocolate zone, Cleopatra and Antony, very pretty, with a broad golden edge.
Bulbs of all kinds, if they have been growing in the same place for two or more years, ought to be taken up as soon as the leaves begin to turn yellow and they show signs of ripening. If the bulbs were planted last season, they are as well to remain another season, although the flowers may not be quite as large and fine as when the bulbs are yearly replanted in fresh soil. If left in the ground, well-rotted manure should be supplied liberally, and lightly forked in late in the autumn. When the bulbs are taken up, lay them on shelves where they will dry in the shade until wanted. Make the ground for replanting deep, placing plenty of well-rotted manure well intermixed; then plant the bulb three inches deep, surrounding it entirely with half an inch thick of clean sand. The replanting should be made at different periods, as those first planted will be the first to bloom in spring, and by planting at different times, a succession of blooms may be had next season.