THE CEYLON RHODODENDRON.
Excerpt from text, which is included along with a copy of the Title Page:
The following notice of this plant appeared in the Gardeners' Chronicle for March 9, 1850 -“ This is now in great beauty in the open border, and proves to be a very fine thing, far surpassing, in my opinion, the old Rhododendron arboreum, or any of the numerous hybrid varieties that have originated from it. The rugged corky bark, and rough, wrinkled thick leaves, revolute at the margin, and clothed underneath with a somewhat rusty-coloured pubescence, give a peculiar character to the plant, by which it may be easily recognised. The head of flowers is round and compact, like that of R. arboreum, but the colour is much richer, being a deep blood red, with a few dark spots at the bottom of the tube. The plant we have under the name of R. Rollissonii I consider to be identical with R. zeylanicum, although the former has not yet flowered with us. Both 'have been growing for several years in the open air, and although considered as being rather tender, they have been found sufficiently hardy to withstand 10 degrees of frost (the greatest cold experienced here last winter) without injury."This letter was written by Mr. W. B. Booth, gardener to Sir Charles Lemon, Bart., M.P.,at Carclew, near Penrhyn, in Cornwall, whence also the specimens were received from which the accompanying drawing was made.
Size: 8 ˝” x 11”
Paxton produced The Magazine of Botany, and Register of
Flowering Plants. This series of magazines was published in London 1834-1849.
During the years of 1850-1852, Paxton along with John Lindley published the rare
three-volume work: PAXTON’S FLOWER GARDEN. Represented are many exotic species
especially fine Orchids. They are often compared to the early volumes of Warner
and Williams, Orchid Album. The print offered for sale here is from this first
edition, which is a completely different product to the 1882 color printed
edition frequently found. These prints were produced using a zincographic
process along with hand coloring and have the plate markings Pinx & Zinc.