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.
By means of a careful selection, a class of P. Drummondi has been obtained, remarkable for the unusual size of the flowers, which are similar in form to those of the perennial sorts, and rendered very striking by a large center and a fine dark violet eye.
Much resembling a Lily of the Valley, but is, an orchid, possessing like-formed leaves, flowers, color, and charming scent It has been flowered by the Bishop of Winchester, at Farnham Castle. Its origin is not known. (Gard Chron).
We have always been much interested in many of the departments so well filled by the editor of this Journal. It is always liberal and generous in its treatment of any social, literary or political question, still thoroughly orthodox on religious topics. It is a specialty in Journalism, has become very successful, and fills admirably a niche in literature of the greatest importance. Some of the best practical views of life we have gained from its pages, and it seems to reflex the very nature of its genial editor, Mr. Wells, who "is always doing good".
The most important part of man - his immortal mind, with all its psychological, intellectual, moral, social, and passional elements - is explained by Physiology, Phrenology, and Physiognomy.
To teach these, in their practical bearings on life and its great interests, is the paramount object of the Jour-Nal. The Science will be copiously illustrated by portraits of the most noted characters, good and bad, of our times; showing human nature in its highest and owest, its harmonious and discordant, its symmetrical and grotesque developments.
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This beautiful herbaceous plant, introduced some years since from Caffreland, on the Whittenbergen, proves to be an elegant half-hardy bedding plant. It is possible it would survive the winter in a dry border, protected from the extreme cold and wet; however, it is easily propagated from cuttings of the young growth, which should be made in the autumn to insure early flowering plants. It flourishes best in a light, rich loam, where it will grow to the height of two feet in a season; the flowers are produced on branching racemes, in great profusion, all summer; they most resemble a fine scarlet Pentstemon, excepting that they droop curiously towards the stem. The Phygelius capensis may be classed among our most ornamental and picturesque bedding plants, and should not be forgotten by the floral amateur next spring.
Native of western Mexico. Blooms in the winter. Flowers large, white, and very fragrant. - (Ibid., t. 5,100).