Carr Nursery Catalog — Flowering Begonias

Flowering Begonias of many varieties are currently available in gardening centers and catalogs, but the varieties shown on page 8 of the 1898 Carr Nurseries Catalog (pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 detailed in previous posts) are for the most part not currently available, have survived in altered form in hybridized descendants or have been reclassified and renamed.

1898 Carr Nurseries Catalog Page 8


Price, 10 cents each; or the set of ten choice sorts for 75 cents. Any six for 50 cents.

Easy to Flower, Exquisite in Coloring, and Sure to Please All who Try Them.

So many of our customers write us: “Begonias are my favorite flowers, but I have no luck with them.” We will give you five principal points, and if followed you CAN succeed with Begonias as easily as with Geraniums. 1st—Begonias delight in perfect shade. 2nd—Begonias are great feeders, hence they like a good, rich, loamy soil, 3rd—Begonias love moisture. Do not let them thirst one day and drown the next. 4th—Begonias must be kept free from dust. Cover when sweeping. 5th—Begonias must have drainage. Charcoal in small lumps in bottom of pot will serve this purpose, and keep the soil from souring.

New Begonia, Dewdrop.—In the new Begonia Dewdrop we have the best flowering Begonia ever obtained. Its graceful flowers are produced in profusion all during the Summer and Winter. It is a dwarf, compact-growing variety, the foliage is a bright, glossy-green, with shell-shaped leaves and stems of light crimson. The blooms are produced in clusters of from six to eight florets, which are satiny-white, with golden-yellow stamens. When placed out in the sun during Summer, the color changes to a delicate shade of pink, with crimson stems, making a beautiful contrast. Unlike other Begonias. It is a profuse boomer. Eighty-seven clusters of flowers have been counted on a single plant. [Curiously, the begonia variety known as Dewdrop today is a Rex Begonia.]

Bertha de Chateaurocher.—Next to Dewdrop, this is the freest-flowering Begonia we have. It blooms the year round, makes a handsome window plant, with its beautiful foliage and bright currant-red flowers.

Begonia, Bruanti.—The leaves are so glossy they appear to have been triple-varnished. Shrubby, bearing sprays of delicate blossoms covering the whole plant.

McBethii.—Of the Weltoniensis type, with very deeply indented leaves, which are fine and small. Shrubby in growth, and very free-flowering, being constant the year round. A fine Summer bedding plant, if given a light soil and perfect shade. Put it among your Ferns. White flowers, waxy in texture, carried in panicles.

Zebrina.—An erect-growing variety, with a beautiful profusion of pendant leaves. Besides its graceful form the leaf is distinguished by its glistening, silvery shading following the leaf, the body being a very dark, velvety-green, under side plum color, vein green. Flower pure white. A beautiful variety.

Fuchsoides, Coccinea.— Elegant free-blooming variety. It resembles Hybridia Multiflora in growth. The flowers are bright scarlet.

President Carnot.—The leaves are smooth, long-pointed and prettily blotched. The body of the leaf is a dark green, studded with bright silver spots. Covered with handsome rosy-white flowers. A splendid house Begonia, being of quick growth, and having both handsome flowers and foliage makes it very desirable.

Argentea Guttata.—Purple-bronze leaves, oblong in shape, silvery m markings, and in every way a most beautiful Begonia. White flowers in large bunches. Splendid for house culture.

Alba Perfecta Grandiflora.—A Begonia that has never been appreciated like it should be, as it is really elegant, and we doubt if there is a white-flowered variety that equals it. The foliage resembles Rubra in shape, but it is a lighter green, while the flower panicles are much handsomer. A pure white-flowering Begonia. Try it.

Rubra.—If you can have only one Begonia, let it be a Rubra. It is so fast growing that it will in a year or two reach the top of your window, sending up heavy, stiff canes an inch in diameter, and rising beside them will grow strong, slender branches, gracefully drooping under heavy waxen leaves and pendant panicles of coral-colored flowers as large as a hand. Medium-sized plants are frequently seen with more than twenty such panicles at times. Among the individual flowers, you will find three distinct forms growing side by side.


In presenting these new and handsome Begonias of the Metallica family, we do so with the assurance that they are really worthy of your attention, and in making up a collection are indispensable.

Velutina.—The name implies “velvet,” which is all that can be said of its appearance. A stately grower, and in flower a handsome specimen of the family of Metallicas. A truly grand sort. Price, 20 cents each.

Cuprea.—Handsome, erect grower, leaves dark olive, covered with “plushy” hairs, flowers pink. Price, 20 cents each.

Pictaviensis.—Large, dark-green foliage, of velvety texture, trusses of bloom very large, soft pink in color. The individual florets resemble some of the finest of the Tuberous Begonias, so large are they. A small cluster of light brown “pile” on the outside of petals. Price, 20 cents each.

Haageana.—The leaves are rivals of the beautiful Rex in their general make-up. Five-point notches. Foliage large and handsome, deep cast of transparent red on under side of the leaf. Plush texture throughout. Bloom is of shell pink and cream. Price, 20 cents each.

Dechartre.—Long, narrow leaves, short hair, flowers nearly white and in large clusters, leaves dark olive-green. Price, 20 cents each.

SPECIAL OFFER.—The above five new and rare Begonias for 75 cents.


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Mills Property Then and Now

In the previous post on the panel for the Fence Art Gallery Project the question was raised about where the gate that is the subject of the panel might have been located, mention was made of the 1855 map of Yellow Springs.

This post features the portion of that wall map which shows the Mills property with major changes (the Mills Lawn School building and the Limestone Street extension) between 1855 and now outlined in red. Click on the image for a larger version.

The layout of various driveways is not exactly straightforward, since they do not follow a grid, but loop and curve. Why was the long drive leading directly to the church on Phillips Street (then the Christian Church, now St. Paul’s Catholic Church) the only exit to Phillips Street? Was the wishbone-shaped drive with the double-width entrance from Elm Street  designed for service deliveries? Why were there three driveways leading to Walnut Street? Did the circular drive in front of the house function like a British roundabout to help control traffic flow from all the driveways leading to it? Was the entrance where the circular drive touched Walnut street the location of the ornamental gate?

Mills Property in 1855

The Mills Property in 1855

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Mills Gate on the Fence Art Gallery

With the new construction project on the corner of Limestone Street and Xenia Avenue being called the Mills Park Hotel, it was only natural that the Yellow Springs Historical Society sponsor a panel for the Fence Art Gallery Project with reference to the original Mills property.

Kayla Gray, an art student at Central State,  gave us an interpretation of the “Mills Gate”, the imposing entry to what is now Mills Lawn where the original Mills House stood. Where might the Gate have been located? Since Mills House fronted on Walnut Street, perhaps the Gate stood roughly across from the current Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, and according to Historical Society president Dave Neuhardt, an 1855 wall map positions the main entrance in that general location. Robin Heise of Yellow Springs Heritage adds, “According to Jane Baker’s book, ‘…Mills built “Little Antioch” near the main entrance to Mills Lawn.’  Little Antioch was located approximately where the funeral home sits today so that would put the main entrance on Walnut Street which seems to match up to the 1855 map.”

If the main drive to the property entered from Phillips or Elm Streets (Limestone did not exist as a through street at that time, ruling it out as a possible location), that may have been the location of the Gate.

The Fence Art Gallery Project is a colorful and varied collection of installations and well worth a stroll down that block of Xenia Avenue to inspect it.

The Mills Gate panel for the Fence Art Gallery Project

The Mills Gate panel for the Fence Art Gallery Project

The actual Mills Gate

The actual Mills Gate

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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — Richardson Rome

With winter finally having eased its grip enough that contemplation of the great outdoors is pleasurable rather than daunting, today’s offering of bookplate designs from the Antioch Bookplate archives features Richardson Rome, an artist who became so entranced with landscapes (Colorado’s in particular) that he felt compelled to arrange a life where he could spend several months a year devoted to the artist’s life.

The four bookplate designs in Antioch Bookplate catalogs were introduced in 1948 as intaglio prints from steel engravings, and all but one remained in the offer until 1960. Unfortunately the technological aspects of printing from steel engravings doomed them in the long run, as noted by Ernest Morgan: “We wore out the plates despite stripping and re-chroming. They were spoiled by being ‘restored’ by Freitag in Chicago.” Another artist with a passion for natural subjects, Robert Whitmore, redrew W-5 for printing by letterpress, giving it a revival 1966-1972.

Antioch bookplate W-5



Antioch bookplate M-767


Antioch bookplate W-6



Antioch bookplate W-7



Antioch bookplate W-8



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