The group of new varieties of Fuchsias forming this plate are part of a batch of fine seedlings raised by Mr. James Lye, gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay, Cliffe Hall, Market Lavington, Wilts. Mr. Lye is a well known in the West of England as an exhibitor and cultivator of Fuchsias, and the specimen plants he is in the habit of exhibiting at Flower Shows at Bath, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Calne, and at other places are remarkable for their splendid size, superb growth, and wonderful floriferousness. It is worthy of note that while the cultivation of the Fuchsia as an exhibition plant has declined in many parts of the country, it has reached a stage of high development in Wiltshire. In no other part of the country can such specimens be seen.
In the course of cultivating Fuchsias for show purposes, Mr. Lye found that many fine varieties were unfitted by their habit of growth and sparseness of bloom as exhibition plants, and this led him to turn his attention to the raising of seedlings fitted for show and decorative purposes. His latest batch of seedlings answer these ends in such a remarkable degree as to justify their being figured. Mr. Huntley (No. 1) has red tube and sepals, and dark violet-purple corolla; flowers large, bold, and of the finest form. Letty Lye (No. 2) is a charming light variety with delicate, flesh-coloured tube and sepals, and deep carmine corolla tinted with purple. Mrs. Huntley (No. 3) has a white tube and delicate flesh-coloured sepals, large brilliant carmine corolla, very stout and of excellent form. Royal Standard has coral red tube and sepals, and a pale plum purple corolla; the flowers of the best form and substance. Mr. Lye is to be congratulated on having raised such as fine lot of seedlings.
The above transcription is from ‘The Floral Magazine‘, 1877. Plate 277.
Dean, R. (October 1877). The Floral Magazine; Figures and Descriptions of the Choicest New Flowers for the Garden, Stove, or Conservatory. London: L. Reeve & Co..