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A very ornamental variety of the erect flowering gloxinia. Centre of tube pure white, with circle of bright crimson extending three parts of the way up the sepals.
A very large and beautiful variety-Tube pure white; the sepals suffused with bright, delicate carmine and rose. Quite new.
As soon as the young leaves have attained their full size, remove them with half inch of leaf stock, and insert around the edge of a pot in a mixture of loam, leaf mold, and sand, with a layer of sand on top to root them in. When rooted, remove into small pots, using a compost consisting of two parts loam, one part leaf mold and thoroughly decayed cow-dung, with one half part clear sand. - Gardner's Magazine, p. 146.
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Native of Brazil. Stem upright, round, numerously branched. Leaves broadly ovate, acute, light green; veins prominent; margin slightly and irregularly notched; petiole short, with two linear lanceolate stipules at the base. Flowers small, with four cordate bracts, longer than either calyx or corolla, and quite inclosing both; red. Calyx divided into five short ovate segments; red. Corolla deeply divided into five cuneate segments; red, and somewhat membranous.
It is in the profusion of the flowers that the beauty of this plant rests. The old wood of the stem and branches is literally covered with the pretty little flowers at all seasons, the plant being irregular in its blooming season. It requires the treatment common to stove plants, and peat and loam, the latter predominating, are the compost in which it delights. - S. G. W., Kew.
This is a singular variety, because of its bright, golden-yellow bark, which gives it a striking appearance when devoid of foliage. In growth and habit it is similar to the last-named.
The new hardy shrub from China, Forsythia viridissima, is too gay and ornamental, and will become too popular to be commonly known by its hard botanical name, and we propose to call it Golden Bell. Blossoming before the fruit trees, and remaining in bloom for a long time, it forms the brightest embellishment of the shrubbery in early spring, and its hardiness and easy culture, will soon give it a place in every garden.
Generally known in different parts of the State, and highly recommended, especially for baking, for apple butter, and for stock. Recommended with one dissent.