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For all that geraniums are a familiar sight in window boxes today, they also demonstrate shifting patterns of popularity between 1898 and now. Almost all of the particular varieties shown on this page of the Carr Nurseries catalog are no longer available commercially, except for the “Sweet-Scented” varieties, now more familiarly known as “Scent-Leaf” (and curiously, more scent-leaf varieties are popular today than in 1898, whereas there seem to be far fewer varieties of geraniums grown for their flowers).
As before, a transcription is included below the catalog page image.
SUN-PROOF GERANIUMS BRUANT RACE.
Price, 25 cents each; the entire set of thirteen, costing $1.95, for $1.25. No further discount on this offer.
New Geranium, Bruant.— The difference between this type and the ordinary Zonal Geranium is observed at a glance, when placed beside older varieties of the same family. The leafage is round and nicely zoned, having a greater texture and substance than even the most vigorous of the old type. The color of the flower is a light vermilion-red, of a most pleasing shade. The flowers are absolutely perfect in shape, contour and makeup, trusses exceptionally large, and borne in immense spherical balls, often measuring eight inches in diameter. It does finely in open ground, and is perfectly reliable as a bedding Geranium of the highest merit. It makes a compact, dense growth, and has all the qualities that go to make the perfect bedder that it is. Fine also in pots. The very finest scarlet bedder extant.
The Glorious New Geranium, John Doyle.—This remarkable new Geranium is a cross between Grand Chancellor and Bruant, and is destined to take the most prominent place in bedding or or pot Geraniums. It has been tested for three seasons and is found to be superior to any of the Bruant type. It is a strong, vigorous grower, throwing its truss up well above the foliage, of enormous size, and of the richest, brilliant vermilion-scarlet. It is a phenomenal bloomer, as it will produce more bloom than any Geranium we grow. Don’t fail to order at least one of these beautiful Geraniums.
Barbizet.—Color fresh and bright rose, maculated with white on the upper petals. Beautiful variety.
Beauty Poitevine.—Very large, semi-double flowers, borne on immense trusses. Free bloomer. It has no equal of the color, which is a brilliant salmon, very clear at the borders.
Blanche Moulas.—The flowers are large, salmon, beautifully bordred with white. A geranium of rare beauty.
Francois Arago.—Color a silver salmon, shaded with peach.
Leviathan.—Enormous sized flowers. Color a bright orange-red, reverse of petals silvery. Very fine.
Madame Alfred Mame.—A magnificent bedding variety of almost Pansy form; the color is a soft sub-scarlet, lower petals shading to salmon in the center,l which is deeply veined crimson. A variety that will probably never be equaled.
Mrs. E. G. Hill.—A most distinct and pleasing shade of salmon, with light shading at the center. The shading at the center is variable, however. A single variety.
M. Noury.—A most pleasing lavender-rose color; white at center of flower; so fre in bloom as to literally cover the plant.
Monsieur Poinsignon.—Color silvery-lilac, white shading, changing to silvery-pink. A splendid sort.
Protee.—Color silvery-lilac, white shading, changing to silvery-pink. A splendid sort.
Tour Eiffel.—Color bright orange-scarlet, somewhat in the way of the variety Bruant. Semi-double.
Prce, 8 cents each, except where noted.
The set of five Geraniums for 30 cents.
Apple-scented.—The old favorite. Price, 20 cents each.
Balm-scented.—Delicious balm fragrance.
Rose-scented.—Two kinds, broad leaf and cut leaf. This is the most popular of all scented Geraniums.
Oak-leaved.—Beautiful foliage resembling oak leaves, black center, with green bordered center.
Skeleton-leaved.—Leaves very finely cut, rose fragrance.
Price, 10 cents each. The set of four for 30 cents.
Madame Sallerol.—It makes a round, pretty plant, about one foot high and wide, foliage bright green, edged with pure white.
Mountain of Snow.—A fine, strong grower, center of leaf bright green, with a broad-silvery-whtie margin, flowers scarlet, well above the foliage. Good for bedding.
Snow Storm.—Dark green foliage, distinctly margined with white. A robust grower.
Happy Thought.—Light cream, almost white center, with a dark green band about the light zone, edge of leaf a bright green.
GOLDEN BRONZE-LEAVED GERANIUMS.
Price, 10 cents each. The set of six for 50 cents.
Bronze Bedder.—New. The brightest and best of all, holding its bright colors well. Simply grand.
Crystal Palace Gem.—Golden-yellow margin, center of disc green.
Distinction.—The leaves are encircled with deep black.
Exquisite.—Large chocolate zone, golden-yellow center.
Marshal McMahon.—Golden-yellow zone of dark chocolate.
Zulu.—A bright yellow leaf with almost black zone.
GOLDEN TRICOLOR GERANIUM.
Price, 15 cents each; two for 25 cents.
Mrs. Pollock.—One of the most lovely of foliage plants. The color of the leaves is a bright bronzy-red, zone belted with crimson and edged with golden yellow. A lovely combination.
Price, 10 cents each; six for 50 cents; fifteen for $1.00
Double Pink:—Emile de Girardin, Lee Contable [sic], Mrs. Charles Pease, Naomi.
Double Salmon:—Asa Gray, Dr. Jacoby, Empress, Juliette.
Double Red and Crimson:—Bruanti, Contraste, Grand Chancellor, General Millot, Heteranthe, S. A. Nutt.
White and Flesh Tints:—La Favorite, Jas. Y. Murkland.
Single Pink:—Barbizet, Queen Olga.
Single Salmon:—Blanche Moulas, Francis Arago, Mary H. Foote, Monsieur Poinsignon, Souvenir de Mirande.
Single Red and Crimson:—General Grant, Sam Sloan.
White and Flesh Tints:—Margaret de Layres.