Floral Magazine 12: t. 77 (1873)

PLATE 77.
AMARYLLIS—BEAUTY OF REIGATE

While adhering as firmly as ever to the belief that well-formed flowers are ever more beautiful than ragged and uneven ones, we readily admit that there are other qualities which may sometimes lead us to disregard the one matter of form in their behalf; amongst these are brilliancy of colour and freedom of flowering. Thus, for instance, amongst Roses that fine rose Eugène Appert possesses no pretensions to form, but we should be very unwilling to dismiss it from our garden, valuing as we do the exceeding brilliancy of its colouring; and so with a more recent one, Abbé Bramerel, though somewhat loose and ragged, we hold that as a garden rose it deserves a place, and we believe will maintain it. So with the variety of Amaryllis we now figure; it cannot for a moment be compared in beauty of form with others that we possess, but as exhibited, it seemed to be so very free in flowering, and the colouring was so brilliant, that we do not wonder at the award which it received.

A. Beauty of Reigate, was raised by Mr. Brown, gardener to A. J. Waterlow, Esq., Great Doods, Reigate, who is we believe a great admirer of this very ornamental flowering bulb, and was exhibited by him at the Royal Horticultural Society at South Kensington, when it was awarded a first class certificate, especially for its free habit, the bulbs producing two or more stems each. We wonder that the flower is not more grown amongst us than it is, as it only requires an intermediate house and a good strong soil. Like many other bulbs, it is somewhat impatient of having its roots disturbed, but presents no real difficulties of cultivation.