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and a famous plant, well bloomed, of the larger flowered Aphelexis purpurea. Of the genus Erica, we saw a fine plant of grandinosa, four feet in height and three in diameter; a Hartnelli of similar dimensions, and finely in bloom; a large and fine Intermedia; Thunbergia, three feet in height and as much across, covered with small orange flowers; and a large Ventricosa tricolor, not sufficiently in bloom.
In collections of 20. Two of these were produced; the first prize was awarded to Messrs. Frazer, nurserymen, Lea Bridge, in whose collection were some very remarkable ex. amples of first-rate cultivation. We may mention an immense bush of Pimelia linifolia, four feet in height, and upwards of five feet in diameter ; a large P. lanata, and a remarkably well-grown P. spectabilis; along with these were Eutaxia pungens, a tall and fine Daviesia latifolia, Erica suaveolens, covered with whorls of lilac blossoms; a large but thinly-bloomed purple Azalea; Franciscea Hopeana, loaded with white and blue flowers; and a beautiful Aphelexis humilis, Zichya villosa, five feet in height; an admirably grown Podolobium staurophyllum; an excellent Chorozema Henchmanni, four feet in height and three feet in diameter; a splendid specimen of the yellow-blossomed Erica campanulata, and an immense bush of Epacris grandiflora. Mr. Hunt, gardener to Miss Trail, of Bromley, who obtained the second prize, showed a famous Gompholobium polymorphum just coming into bloom, covering beautifully a shield. formed trellis of large dimensions ; a large and fine Pimelea decussata ; Azalea variegata, two feet in height and three feet in width, literally a mass of flowers ; Erica Hartnelli, four feet in height and the same in width; a very fine E. perspicua nana, covering the pot; Ixora coccinea, having 14 heads of bloom; a fine Azalea laterita, measuring four feet in height and about three feet in width; and a large Pimelea spectabilis, at least five feet in diameter, hardly enough advanced in bloom.
In collections of 12. In this class there were six collections exhibited; that contributed by Mr. Green, gardener to Sir E. Antrobus, Bart., was placed first; it contained a very fine large Azalea Gledstanesii, Hovea Celsi in lovely condition, a splendidly grown Åphelexis humilis in fine bloom, a pretty Boronia serrulata, and Epiphyllum rubrum cæruleum, the latter quite a mass of flowers. The next group in point of merit was produced by Mr. Ayres, gardener to J. Couk, Esq., of Brooklands, Blackheath. In this collection we remarked a famous Leschenaultia formosa, Erica Hartnelli in fine condition, the sweet Stephanotis floribunda, a fine plant of the large fowered variety of Aphelexis spectabilis, and a most beautiful dwarf compact Azalea, composed of three varieties-Lateritia, Gledstanesii, and Variegata-inarched in one stock, the various coloured flowers with which it was studded contrasting finely with one another. Mr. Bruce, gardener to B. Miller, Esq., of Colliers Wood, Lower Tooting, received a third prize. We remarked beautiful plants of the red and blue flowered Leschenaultias, a good Chorozema varium, Stephanotis floribuuda, in lovely condition; a famous Erica propendens, covered with little pink bells; a fine plant of Chorozema varium ; and a splendid plant of Adenandria speciosa, forming a complete ball of flowers, nearly ihree feet in diameter.-Mr. Slowe, gardener to W. R. Baker, Esq., of Bayfordbury, also received a third-class prize for a collectiou, containing some fine plants; and collections were also shown by Mr. Epps, of Maidstone, and Mr. Pamplin, of Walthamstow, to both of whom prizes were given.
In collections of 6. There were no less than eleven collections exhibited in this class, and all of them highly creditable to the contributors. The group to which the first prize was awarded was from the garden of W. Block, Esq., Muswell-hill; it contained a good Aphelexis humilis, an Ixora coccinea, a large Tropæolum tricolor, a Genista, Boronia serrulata, and a good Chorozema varium. Mr. Catleugh, of Chelsea, obtained a similar prize for a well-grown Lantana mutabilis ; Euphor
bia splendens, in fine condition ; a capital Statice arborea ; a small but good Pimelea spectabilis ; a pretty Chorozema varium, and a well-grown Gardenia radicans. An equal prize was also given to Mr. Carson, gardener to W. F. G. Farmer, Esq., of Nonsuch Park, Cheam, who had a large Epacris grandiflora ; Hardenbergia monophylla; a large Pimelea decussata; a standard Azalea Gledstanesii ; a good Polygala oppositifolia ; and a pretty Tropæolum tricolor. In addition to these, several other prizes were awarded.
ORCHIDACEOUS Plants. The collections of these, although numerous, and containing very many good specimens, presented nothing very brilliant, compared with what we have seen before. The first prizes were awarded as under :
In collections of 20. To Mr. Robertson, gardener to Mrs. Lawrence, of Ealing Park. In this group we remarked Saccolabium guttatum, with uine pendent racemes of purple blossoms; a large Dendrobium cupreum, with buff blossoms, having a dark spot in the centre; D. macrophyllum, producing one strong flower spike; the gracefully drooping Oncidium divaricatum; and a large and fine Dendrobium fimbriatum ; together with the curious brown-streaked Vanda cristata, and a good plant of the rare Barkeria spectabilis ; also a tall Oncidium luridum, with six fine spikes of dingy flowers; a splendid Dendrobium densiflorum, having eleven large drooping clusters of yellow blossoms; Oncidium ampliatum, with three spikes of yellow flowers; the pretty Saccolabium præmorsum, and the handsome Aerides affine, Dendrobium secundum, and two plants of D. aggregatum.
In collections of 12. • That which gained the first was froin the garden of C. B. Warner, Esq., of Hoddesdon. It contained a small specimen of the beantiful Dendrobium nobile, Epidendrum crassifolium, Camarotis purpurea, a fine Calanthe veratrifolia, with six spikes of snow-white flowers ; Oncidium flexuosum, in creditable condition ; 0. sphacelatum, with five flower-spikes; Maxillaria tenuifolia, with chocolate flowers; and a small pretty Dendrobium moniliforme.
In collections of 6. The first prize was given to Mr. Eyles, gardener to Sir George Larpent, Roehampton. We remarked Vanda Roxburghii cærulea, with spotted-green petals and light blue lip; a good Oncidium luridum; the singular Coryanthes macrantha, with large chocolate-spotted blossoms; and a capital Oncidium altissimum.
In single Specimens. The most splendid plant at the exhibition was perhaps the Cyrtopodium punctatum, from Mr. Scott, gardener to Sir G. Staunton. It could hardly have been less than seven feet in height and quite as much in diameter; the large spreading palm-like brauches were completely surrounded with innumerable blossoms, presenting an object of beauty and luxuriance equalled only by specimens in its native land. The largest prize (77.) ever given by the Society for one plant was awarded to it. From Mr. Cameron, of the Birmingham Botanic Garden, was a specimen of the green-veined Chloræa virescens, one of those beautiful terrestrial Orchids in habiting the subalpine pastures of the Cordilleras of Chili.
AZALEAS. The collections of these were numerous, the plants were generally large specimens, and being well in bloom made an excellent display.
In collections of 12. Mr. Green, gardener to Sir E. Antrobus, Bart., was first. This group consisted of Azaleas exquisita, a very distinct variety, with delicate pink blossoms edged with white; Jenkinsoni, lilac; speciosissima, very fine ; eximia, bright red; a fine plant of variegata ; the yellow-flowered sinensis; Smith's coccinea, six feet in height, and a mass of blossom; triumphans; a fine plant of lateritia, thickly clad with blossoms at the top; a rather thin plant of alba multiflora; Georgiana, lilac ; and Conqueror, rosy pink. Mr. Falconer, gardener to A. Palmer, Esq., of Cheam, had the second prize; we saw fine plants of Rawsoni, Palmeriana, lateritia variegata, a large Gledstanesii; Theresa, small bright rose ; Agnesii, fine crimson; Emmeline, and a tall plant of Danielsiana. A third prize was given to Mr. Robertson, who had fine specimens of coronata, splendens ; optima, a bright red variety; Rawsoni, bluish purple; variegata, rosea superba ; speciosissima, very fine rosy pink; and a good Gledstanesii.
In collections of 6. Mr. Barnes had the first prize with splendens, two feet in height and four feet in width; a fine plant of Smith's coccinea ; a capital lateritia ; sinensis ; spe. ciosissima, and purpurea superba.
CAPE HEATHS. The collections of these were numerous and fine, but there was a want of diversity among them, the various groups containing nearly the same species.
In collections of 20. The first prize to amateur growers was awarded Mr. Hunt, gardener to Miss Trail; we remarked a pretty odore rosæ; the little pink-blossomed ovata ; the lilac-fowered suaveolens ; Sprengelii, a variety something in the way of Hartnelli; a large plant of one of the numerous varieties of ampullacea; a beautiful little depressa; Hartnelli, four feet in height and about the same in diameter; and an equally large specimen of gemmifera. In the same group was also a pretty little plant of elegans ; Westphalingia, ornamented with numerous bright rosy tubes, and a lovely little aristata major. Amongst nurserymen, Messrs. Fairbairu, of Clapham, obtained the first prize ; we remarked dilecta, a sort something in the way of mundula; the pretty little yellow-blossomed denticulata moschata ; the beautiful vestita rosea ; Wilsoni, a good and scarce variety; the bright rosy-blossomed metulæflora and Beaumontia, the latter densely covered with small lilac bell-shaped flowers.
In collections of 12. Mr. May, of Bromley', obtained the first prize in the amateurs' class, and Messrs. Frazer, of Lea-bridge, in the nurserymen’s. In both these collections were some remarkably good plants. Mr. May showed Hibbertiana, in fine condition; the larger variety of aristata major; the pretty white-flowered nirabilis; fastigiata bractescens, in capital order, and a pretty depressa. Messrs. Fraser had fine plants of mundula, intermedia, and Hartnelli. Collections of six species were numerous, and several fine plants were shown as single specimens.
CACті. . Collections of these, ia fine condition, were sent by Mr. Green and by Mr. Robertson. Mr. Green had the first prize; his planis were Epiphyilum speciosum, the larger and smaller varieties of E. Ackermanni, E. Russellianum, a gracefully drooping variety with small purple flowers ; the larger E. speciosum, Ě. Jenkinsoni, and a splendid Cereus speciosissimus. The most remarkable plants in Mr. Robertson's collection were Cereus speciosissimus, Epiphyllum Lawrenceanum, E. Ackermanni, and two of E. splendens.
As Single Specimens of superior cultivation a considerable number of plants were exhibited. Mr. Green sent a very large double red Azalea, at least 6 feet in height, and nearly the same in diameter, a blaze of red blossoms. From Messrs. Frazer was Burunia serrulata, displaying first-rate management, and the same may be said of a noble Helichrysum humile, from Mr. Bruce, of Tooting. A large Epacris grandiflora was produced from the nursery of Mr. Pamplin; a famous Pimelea spectabilis was sent by Mr. Clarke; and a no less remarkable plant of Crowea saligna, in the most robust health, from Mr. W.P. Ayres. To each of these plants prizes were awarded.
New or RARE PLANTS. These were neither numerous nor very remarkable. Prizes, however, were given to Messrs. Veitch and Son, of Exeter, for Eranthemum variabile, a plant with silvery-veined leaves and lilac flowers ; Rhodostemma gardenioides, with sweet scented, but rather dingy looking flowers; and Mussanda frondosa, a long lost, but recently re-introduced plant, with yellow tubular blossoms, and singular large white bracts. Mr. Robertson received a prize for Hydrolea spinosa, a pretty little bush, with bright blue flowers. Mr. Cameron had a prize for Anthericum cæruleum, a blue flowered, well-known plant. Besides these were shown from Mr. Cameron, a new species of Goodia, with yellow lotus-like flowers. From Mr. Dod, gardener to Sir George Warrender, Bart., Dysophyllum stellatum, with small starry purple flowers. From Mr. E. Beck, was the little white flowered Achimenes argyrostignia. From Mr. Harrison, nurseryman, Richmond, was Chirita sinensis. And from Messrs. Fairbairn, of Clapham, a Polygalia named Dalmaisiana.
II. FLORISTS FLOWERS.
In collections of 12 new and first-rate varieties. In the amateurs' class, Mr. Cock, of Chiswick, was the only competitor, and received the first-rate prize for the following varieties :-Duke of Cornwall, Hector, Atalanta, Rosetta, Mustee, Emma, Milo, Sultana, Duchess of Leinster, Eliza Sauvage, Orion, and Isabella. In the nurserymen's class, the first prize was given to Mr. E. Beck, florist, Isleworth, for Hobe's Lip, Susanna, Master Walter, Mustee, Isabel, Lurida, Hector, Resplendent, Rosy Circle, Desdemona, Aurora, and Arabella.--The second prize was voted to Mr. Catleugh, of Chelsea, for Milo, Magog, Emma, Orion, Free Briton, Duchess of Sutherland, Sultana, Mary, Rosetta, Luna, Duke of Cornwall, and Rosetta superba ; and the third prize was obtained by Mr. Gaines, of Battersea, whose flowers were Xarifa, Milo, Nosegay, Athenian, Ackbar, Don Juan, Lady Smith, Amelia, Cossack, Prince Alfred, Redworth, and Isady Caroline Douglas.
In collections of 12 distinct varieties. Mr. Cock here also received a first prize, for Orion, Emma, Cicero, Eliza Sauvage, Sarah, Queen Philippa, Sir R. Peel, Sultana, Erectum, Cyrus Superb,
and Princess Alice. Mr. Staines received a third prize for Rosalie, Adonis, Sunbeam, Ackbar, Erectum, Clio, Sylph, Lady Ebrington, Lady Sale, Duke of Cornwall, Marchioness of Lothian, and Duke of Wellington. In the nurserymen's class, the first prize was awarded to Mr. Catleugh, for Madonna, Sultana, Juliet, Hebe, Queen of Beauties, Charles the Tenth, Coronation, Madeline, Luna, Symmetry, Duke of Cornwall, and Rosetta Superb. Mr. Gaines received the second prize for Coronation Superb, Sultana, Augusta, Queen of Bourbons, Pirate, Emma, Rising Sun, Saxon King, Egbert, Albina, Vanguard, and Lady Prudhoe ; and a prize was also awarded to Mr. Beck, for Rosy Circle, Luna, Sultana, Hero, Zanzummin, Arabella, Matilda, Sir R. Peel, Margaret, Mustee, Lord Chancellor, and Duke of Cornwall.
In collections of 6 varieties. The amateurs' prize, was awarded to Mr. J. Parker, gardener to - Oughton, Esq., of Roehampton, for Coronation, Erectum, Duke of Cornwall, Mabel, Unit, and Master Humphrey. In the nurserymen's class, Mr. Gaines received a prize for Cyrus, Rising Sun, Erectum, Albina, Lady Sale, and Coronation.
Among amateurs, Mr. Slowe, gardener to W. R. Baker, Esq., was the only exhibitor. In this group we observed, of Tea-scented varieties, there were Devoniensis, Safrona, yellow ; Bougère, rose; Triomphe de Luxembourg, large buff; and Caroline. Of Bourbons-Bouquet de Flore, deep carmine, Of ChinasNapoleon, large blush ; Mrs. Bosanquet, pale flesh; Triomphante, crimson; and Paris. In the nurserymen's class, Messrs. Paul and Sons, of Cheshunt, was first. Among these were, of Hybrid Perpetuals-Clementine Duval, biight rose ; Louis Bonaparte, rosy crimson; Lane, large deep rose; Aubernon, light criinson; Madame Laffay, rosy crimson ; Mrs. Elliot, lilac; Pauline Plantier; Antinous, purplish crimson; and Great Western. Tea-Nina, Clara, Sylvain, and Taglioni. Bourb.--Souvenir de la Malmaison, pale flesh; and Madame Nerard, delicate blush. Messrs. Lane and Son, of Great Berkhampstead, was second; we observed Alba-Blanchefleur, white, with blush centre. Hyb. Perp:-Comte de Paris, pale blush ; Madame Emma Dampierre, puplish red; Marquis of Ailsa, crimson ; William Jesse, crimson tinged with lilac; Grand Capitaine, velvety, fiery crimson ; Duc de Chartres, shaded carmine. TeaAdam, glossy blush, with salmon centre; Barbot, reddish rose, with yellow centre; Hamon, blush, shaded with crimson; Mini, rich cream; Moiré, pale yellow; Nisida, shaded buff'; Triomphe de la Guillotiere, fawn; and Triomphe de Luxembourg, buff and rose. Mr. Francis, of Hertford, was third ; among others, we saw Tea-Melville, Goubault, and Mansais. Hyb. Perp.- Fulgorie, Duchess of Sutherland, and Rivers. China-Clara Sylvain, Comte de Paris, and Gardenia, Mr. Beck also received a prize; we remarked Bourb.- Queen, beautiful fawn-coloured. Hyb. Perp.-La Reine, fine glossy rose; Princesse Helene, deep purplish red. Tea--Goubault, bright rose; Hardy, pale flesh, rosy centre; Belle Allemande. China–Victoire d'Aumay, Henry V., and Fabvier. Hyb. China-General Allard, a rosy red, distinct and fine sort. А sınall group of Roses in pots was likewise produced from the garden of A. Rowland, Esq., of Lewisham. In this, we remarked Harrisonii, Rubens, Persian yellow, Rival de Posthume, and Marshal Villars. Of single specimens, only one plant was sent, Elise Sauvage, from Mr. Slowe.
CALCEOLARIAS. The collections of these were limited in number, and two of them were disqualified in consequence of non-conformity with the Society's rules. Mr. Gaines, in the nurserymen's class, showed some remark