Floral World and Garden Guide 8: 20-21 (Feb 1865)

New Varieties of Bedding Geraniums

Let us look first for the most distinct geranium to be found amongst the novelties, and we have it in Amy Hogg, a demi-nosegay raised by the late Mr. Beaton, and now in the possession of Mr. William Paul, of Waltham Cross. In the round of bedding plants, Purple King verbena is almost the only plant to be relied upon for its own particular colour—good purples are, in fact, scarce. If petunias had more substance, and could endure cold seasons as well as hot ones, there would be no difficulty about purples and shades of purple. But in our present circumstances, a robust habited demi-nosegay geranium with purple flowers is a boon of almost priceless value. Let it not be supposed that the colour of Amy Hogg is similar to that of Purple King verbena; it is nothing of the sort; that valuable plant is mentioned only to indicate by its splendour the general poverty of the section of bedders (classing them by colour) to which it belongs. Amy Hogg may be described as brilliant purplish rose, but it has so much purple as to be in this respect as distinct from all other geraniums as Purple King is distinct from all other verbenas.

The next most distinct is Indian Yellow from the same raiser, and in the same hands. This is a true nosegay of excellent habit, and the colour orange scarlet, with a decided wash of pure yellow. As Amy Hogg contains the largest proportion of blue of any known geranium, not excepting even Purple Nosegay, so Indian Yellow contains the largest proportion of yellow, not excepting even Harry Hieover or Orange Nosegay, which last (another of the novelties) is perhaps the next best approach to yellow.

Gardener's Monthly 7: 149-150 (May 1865)

Beaton's Indian Yellow Pelargonium

New Horse-Shoe Geranium—Indian Yellow. —The acquisition of new colors among the varieties of so popular and useful a flower, cannot be otherwise than agreeable to those who follow up the parterre system of flower-gardening. So much progress, indeed, has been made in this direction, that the term "Scarlet Pelargonium" is now made to stand sponsor for varieties furnishing a long catalogue of colors, running through the various shades of scarlet, crimson, rose, pink, salmon and white. With this progress the name of Donald Beaton will ever be associated in the annals of flower gardening. For many of the later years of his life he devoted himself with much zeal to the cross-breeding of the Pelargonium, mainly with the view of raising new varieties adapted to supply the wants of the flower gardener; and we need do no more than refer to Stella, Cybister, and Lord Palmerston, to show that his labors were rewarded by a fair share of success. Up to the close of his life, Mr. Beaton continued these cross breeding experiments, and a large number of seedlings, bloomed and unbloomed, were left at the time of his death. From these, starting from the vantage ground already gained, a great further advance was expected, and has since been realized. Some few choice sorts had been selected by him for distribution shortly before he was taken from amongst us, and among them was the variety called Indian Yellow. The whole of the seedlings just referred to, bloomed and unbloomed, have passed into the hands of Mr. W. Paul, of Waltham Cross, and it is from the plant as bloomed by him during the past summer, that our specimen was taken; while among the more juvenile batch of seedlings, many choice novelties have appeared, of which the public will hear more in due time. Thus, from the ordinary race of scarlets, the bedder-out will have acquired amongst Pelargoniums, besides the pinks, roses, salmons, and whites he already possessed, a variety of tints, which will be invaluable to him—passing off in one direction towards orange and yellow, and in the other towards purple-rose or magenta. These novelties, many of them, combine the prolific bloom of the Nosegay race, with the better-shaped blossoms of the more ordinary kinds; and it is to this race of what may be called semi-Nosegays, that our present subject belongs.

Beaton's Indian Yellow Pelargonium is a variety of free growth and of dwarfish habit. It has zonate leaves, and its flower-trusses are well furnished—the latter were, indeed, rather thin at the time of its first appearance in public, but, as the more natural season of bloom came round, this meagreness was altogether lost, and the plants bore well-furnished trusses as much as 4 inches across, and containing fifty or more of the large well-formed blossoms. The color has a strongly marked shade of Indian yellow, which is at once apparent when the plant is brought into contiguity with either a pure scarlet or one of the magenta-tinted race. The color may be described as an orange scarlet, with a suffusion of golden yellow, or a wash of the same color overlaid. The variety, indeed, is a most unexpected and valuable addition to the materials for the parterre, all the more welcome as being the first of this color which will be placed within reach of the flower-gardener.Florist and Pomologist.

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