All the plants in my list were out of doors – I shall give you another when I return to Abb. <2> the end of the week.
Thank you for the seeds, Lobelia Bivonæ & Erica Sicula are 2 Plants I want more than any – I will send you a specimen of Sedum litoreum Does anybody know the true Hispanicum? Your [sexfidum?] is I believe Tenores <3> pallens & the Hispanicum of most gardens.
I have been studying Crocuses & enclose you a poor specimen of suaveolens, Bert. from the Valle D’Inferno –<4> certainly distinct from Imperati, the nearest to it, in having a simple greenish spatha, a tall yellow stigma little indented, & a different look. One of the variegated vernus, has a white stigma. I am all curiosity to know more about Hyacinthus spicatus. <5> Which of Gussones <6> Sedums did you find at Nice – Pray continue to keep S. ceruleum or heptapetalum I have often sent roots of Arum tenuifolium but they never do – where did you get it? when I get back to Ab. I will send you some bits of Sedums as they seem so hardy. I hope you brought some of the yellow or pale Iris pumila it is not common in gardens. They will have the common great glaucous Euphorbia in Italy to be biglandulosa & that Myrsinites is dwarfer but I don’t know – E. fruticosa is what I want now. Have you the great Italian Characias which is now found out to be neither Characias nor Veneta, & which I call provisionally E. Italica – it is very handsome for Shrubberies. I cannot get Spinosa up. I enclose Marys <7> list what is your Narcissus? Had you any Campanula seed from me – or Arabis rosea & collina or the true Alyssum deltoideum we having been all along taken in by an Impostor. When do you go to town?
W F S
Cynoglossum omphaloides <8>
Evergreen Cytissus [sic]
– do triflorus
White hose in hose
red Jack in the box!
nettle leaved Celsia
Nettle leaved Campan.
Mr Whately’s cistus a brilliant rose colour
Persian Cyclamens not quite in flower here, being in a shady spot, but they are very fine at Mrs Dillwyn’s <9> close to Swansea & have been flowering very well for some time past. –
My Raddis <10> very forward some ¼ yd high! –
|Anemone coronaria||Diosma odorata|
|– Cumæ||Œnothera Lindleyana|
|– double Scarlet Hortensis||Honey Alyssum|
|Purple Senecio||Narcissus Italicus|
|Coronilla Valentina||– true Soleil d’or|
|Yellow Xeranthemum||– papyracea|
|Crocus vernus||– Henry’s?|
|– pusillus||Yellow Jessamine|
|buff & lilac||Double Brompton Stock|
|purple & [illegible word]||sing[l] do|
|Winter Acconites||Pyrethrum ( Jane’s <11>)|
|Laurustinus||– single do|
|Medit. Stock||Geranium, Clemenstone <12>|
|Evergreen Candytuft||Periwinkles big & little|
|Gibraltar do||Double furze|
|White Chrysanthemum||Pyrus japonica|
|Yellow do||Lithospermum orientale|
|Buff do||Coreopsis tinctoria|
|Spanish brown do||Mezerion|
|Yellow button do||Pelargonium of sorts|
|Echium Creticum||Cistus Albidus|
|Yellow Alyssum||– sage leaved|
|– do orientalis||– poplar leaved|
|Rosa Indica red
– Ronalds seedling
do yellow Banksia
single do –
winter do –
double lilac primroses
single of all colours
Shrubby Oxeye daisy
|– Dr Buckland’s <13>
Broad leaved thrift
Lady Radnor’s <14> rocket
Himâlaya dead nettle
Double pink Hepatica
single blue do
Russian violets &cc
Only think <15> of Hermannia alnifolia being quite hardy & full of flower – Let me know if the bulbs & large sedums you had 3 years ago are doing & if you want more –
Henry F. Talbot Esq MP
1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.
2. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.
3. Michel Tenore (1780–1861), Italian botanist & traveller.
4. Prof Antoine Bertoloni (1793–1868), Italian botanist, who classified this species. The Valle d’Inferno, or Valley of Hell, was a frequently used name, but probably this was the one near Caserta, not far from Naples where Strangways had his diplomatic posting.
6. Giovanni Gussone (1787–1866), Italian botanist.
7. Mary Thereza Talbot (1795–1861), WHFT’s cousin.
8. A list of plants, in hand of Mary Talbot.
9. Mrs Lewis Weston Dillwyn of Sketty Hall, near Swansea, mother-in-law of Emma Thomasina Llewelyn, née Talbot (1806–1881), photographer; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
10. Tulipa Raddi.
11. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796–1874).
12. The home of Isabella Catherine Franklen, née Talbot (1804–1874).
13. William Buckland (1784–1856), Dean of Westminster & scientist.
14. Probably Judith, daughter of Sir Henry Mildmay and second wife of William Pleydell-Bouverie, 3rd Earl of Radnor.
15. Written in WTFHS’s hand, with address on verso.