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.
The Gardeners' Chronicle says:
"The second meeting of the Horticultural Society took place last Saturday, at Chiswick. The day was one of the best possible in England: the sun shone brightly but fitfully, the flowers sparkled, and the air, as it warmed, was filled with their fragrance; while the still unsullied, verdure of the gardens, which had now acquired its full development and deepest tone, formed the richest possible frame to the brilliant picture. The number of visitors was 7044> among whom was as usual a very large number of persons of distinction.
" The greatest novelty was a dark-green evergreen bush, called Philesia buxifolia, imported from South Chili, by Messrs. "Veitch. It was just producing, for the first time, its crimson bell-shaped flowers, which promise to render it a valuable acquisition, if, as is believed, and as it has proved at Exeter, the plant should be found perfectly hardy. There was also a pretty New Holland Oxylobe from Messrs. Osborne & Co, of Fulham, and one or two other plants of minor note.
Roses were in perfection; no longer, however, small straggling bushes, as they have usually been, but stately, erect specimens, loaded with flowers, as if in the open gronnd. Green-house and stove plants were still defective as regards variety and novelty, but as examples of cultivation unsurpassable. A Coleonema rubrum, from Mrs. Lawrence, was especially admired for graceful form, and the most ample development. Examples, too, of Heaths, were not uncommon, which 20 years since would have been believed to be fabulous. As to Orchids, we have exhausted ingenuity in the endeavor to find sober terms expressive of their beauty, and we can only now declare that they leave nothing to be accomplished by mere cultivation; one of the Saccolabes was a living fountain, gushing with streams of glittering blossoms.
"The fruit-growers have evidently decided upon showing that they are not in skill behind their floral competitors in any branch of their art except Pine Apples, none of which call for remark. The Grapes were quite admirable; and no such Strawberries as those from Mr. Smith, of Twickenham, have been seen since the day when the Speaker of the House of Commons astonished the world by the produce from his garden at Heckfield. Never up to the present time had such Muscats been shown in June as came from Mr. Peto's place in Suffolk; they would have been regarded as very fine specimens for October. Nor should the Frontignans or Black Hamburs and the Grapes in pots be passed over without special mention in this place.
"Upon looking at the entries on this occasion, we find that 79 persons produced 185 different subjects of exhibition, and that 124 medals were awarded; so that it would appear as if each exhibitor received rather more than a medal and a half; or, if we express the result in money, that about 820/. were given away in prizes, so that each exhibitor received something more than 4/. But this is very far from the fact; the number of exhibitors receiving prizes having been in reality 64, and 15 having been ncwhere. Nor can any useful average of the Bums received by each be struck, in consequence of the great variety of medals contended for and won. For instance, one exhibitor, (Mrs. Lawrence) gained 7, one (Mr. Taylor) 6, one (Mr. Green) 5, five 4 each, seven 8 each, and sixteen 2 each. And the value of the prizes was as different as the numbers, one exhibitor (Mrs. Lawrence) having gained 46/., and two of the double prize men only 2/. 5s. And so it must always be; great winners, small winners, and losers making up all such competitions.
"Roses in pots were again shown in admirable condition. Messrs. Lane, to whom the first prize was awarded, produced Coupe d'Heb6, in the form of a stately pyramid, nearly five feet high, and covered with perfect blooms; associated with it was also the beautiful Souvenir de la Malmaison, large and fine, though slightly past its best; Queen was in perfection, and Magna rosea was nearly as tall and fine as the Coupe d'Hebe" just mentioned. Others consisted of Chen6dold, Duchess of Sutherland, Paul Perras, and other favorite sorts. Mr. Francio produced good specimens of Juno, a hybrid China, with delicate pink blossoms, having a rosy center; Coupe d'THebe, Cheneedole, Baronne Prevost, Comte Boubert, General Allard, Paul Perras, La Reine, and La Pactole. The latter had been fine; but having been long in blossom, its beauty had become a little tarnished. The blooms of La Reine were large and showy, but somewhat confused, a fault to which this variety is liable. In Messrs, Paul's group we remarked Great Western, a fine Rose, but apt to show a green eye; Blairi No. 2, Caroline de Sausal, a new and beautiful kind, with delicate pink flowers, having a rosy center; Madame Legras, a good white, and others were furnished in good condition.
In the amateur's class a fine group was contributed by Mr. Terry, in which were well-bloomed plants of Baronne Prevost, Blairi No. 2 (scarcely 6ut enough), Chenedole, Elise Sauvage, Coupe d'Hebe, Paul Perras, Lamarque, Sophie de Marcelly, Tromphe de Laqueue, Bougere, and Niphetos. A collection from A. Rowland, Esq., comprised Coupe d'Hebe, in great perfection; Augustine Mouchelet, a pretty rosy crimson kind; Auguste Mie, Paul Ricaut, a very fine rose; Baronne Prevost, in capital order; and the yellow Vicomt-ease Decazes. Mr. Francis received a silver Knightian Medal for a nice collection on Manetti sorts. Mr. Terry and Mr. Burry showed each 25 varieties of cut Roses, which, notwithstanding the heat of the day, kept in good condition, and were much admired.
" Novelties consisted of the crimson bell-flowered Philesia buxifolia; Lilium giganteum, a fine specimen; an Ixora, very like Bandhuca; and a piece of a coarse white-flowered Umbellifer, called 'Gulper,' which was stated to be a persian drug used in all Indian pickles, to give their peculiar flavor, from Messrs. Veitch; an orange-flowered Oxylobe, from Messrs. Osborne, of Fulham; Dictyanthus Pavoni, and a purplish-blue Scutellaria, from Messrs. E. G. Henderson, Wellington Road; and the Warrea discolor and Lady's Slipper, etc".