Jour. Horticulture and Cottage Gardener, p. 12 (January 6, 1898)
Begonias Ensign and Winter Cheer

It was in October of 1895 that Mrs. Heal was first exhibited, and it is undoubtedly the finest of the section. The large bright crimson flowers are of great substance, while the leaves have a texture and size not apparent in either of those previously adverted to. This and those that will be named subsequently had tuberous rooted varieties as the seed parent, and socotrana as pollen parent, or, in other words, they have sprung from the parents of John Heal reversed. Visitors to the Drill Hall will probably remember the basket of Mrs. Heal that was staged by the Chelsea firm at one of the latest 1897 meetings. The day was a dull one, but the flowers stood boldly above the bright green foliage, and made one of the most conspicuous exhibits in the show. Hitherto we have noted single flowers only, but on October 20th, 1895, a hybrid named Success was shown with semi-double flowers of good size. The plant is of branching habit, and the crimson flowers are produced with great freedom. It is a handsome Begonia, and is always much admired, thou.h it is somewhat eclipsed by Mrs. Heal, which ouly preceded it at Westminster by a fortnight.

Following Success we had another double in 1896 that was called Ensign, and of which we give a woodcut (fig. 2). The colour of this is red, and the shapely plant is wonderfully floriferous. It is one of the best in cultivation so far. Exhibited on the same occasion (November 24th) was Myra, but not being in proper condition it failed in securing recognition from the Committee; nevertheless it is of great value, and is dissimilar from all the others in producing pendent flower scapes that give it a very graceful appearance. The colour is rosy lake. On November 23rd last we had Julius, with double salmon pink flowers. In habit this must be classed as one of the best. The last to be mentioned in our short list is Winter Cheer, for a representation of which see the illustration (fig. 3). This was staged on December 14th, and is of a rich rosy carmine colour, that will insure its becoming a favourite. Each of the six just named are tuberous-rooted, and every one has secured the award of merit, except in the instance already named.

FIG. 2—Begonia Ensign FIG. 3 —Begonia Winter Cheer

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