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The Zinnia

Victorian gardeners knew of at least nine or ten varieties of zinnia, but the one preferred above all others was the 'coccinea', or scarlet-rayed zinnia. The species was introduced into Britain from Mexico in 1796, the scarlet-rayed variety being introduced…

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Yellow Jasmine

While 'somewhat common' in Victorian gardens, the Yellow Jasmine (Jasminum revolutum) was a reasonably new import, having flowered for the first time in Britain in the garden of the Right Hon. Charles Long, at Bromley, in Kent, in 1814. Yellow…

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