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.
E. Banks, Esq., of Sholden Lodge, near Deal, has produced more really good Fuchsias than any other raiser. His Glory, Queen of Hanover, Elegans, Vanguard, Autocrat, and many others, even much older varieties, are universally grown. The late Mr. Story has done a great deal in the way of procuring novelties in Fuchsias, but he aimed chiefly at producing new characters, as in the white and striped corolla'd varieties. Mr. Banks sought more to obtain varieties excelling in form and of robust short-jointed habit, by means of carefully effected crosses. We need only point to Queen of Hanover for perfection in habit, and we much question if it is not still the finest white Fuchsia yet sent out. There never was a finer batch of Fuchsias let out than those sent out in the spring of 1854, of Mr. Banks's raising. There was Queen of Hanover, Clio, and Charmer, all light sorts; and Elegans, the gem of the dark ones still when well grown; Autocrat, with its large bold dark flowers of a distinct character; Vanguard, which wants a well reflexed sepal to make it perfect, and should be the parent of many for habit; and Omega, with its exquisite slate blue corolla. Since then, Banks's Prince Albert, a good dark variety; and Climax (Banks), a good habited kind, but wanting substance in the sepals.
Others of Mr. Banks's raising reached us last year, but we failed in blooming them. The two varieties we now figure will be found acquisitions: Emperor Napoleon is a very fine dark variety, and Venus de Medici highly deserves a place in every collection. The exception is Wonderful, one of Mr. Banks's seedlings, we believe, and it is certainly a wonderfully large and coarse flower, with not a good quality to recommend it beyond size. - London Florist.
* One of the sources of independence that has proved valuable to nurserymen, has been the rise in the value of their lands when they were near improving cities. We could designate many instances of this kind in various directions; it is common to see nursery stock advertised for sale, in consequence of the land having become valuable for building purposes.