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National Viola and Pansy Society
Journal Spring 2003

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This magnificent variety was raised by Mr. Thompson, of Iver, in the Autumn of the year 1835; and, in his opinion, it is the most splendid specimen of the Heartsease that has yet been offered to the public. It is not certain from what plant the seed which produced it had been gathered; but, if we may judge from its appearance, it is a lineal descendant from "John Bull," and it is certain that since Mr. Thompson grew that flower, his seedlings have been greatly superior in shape and substance to what they ever were before. Whether the "King" will prove a better flower than "John Bull" or no, is a matter of some doubt. Its chief advantage appears to us to be in size; but the. amateur had better grow them both together in the same soil, and with the same treatment, and then their comparative merits will soon become apparent. The distinguishing character of the King is, that it has a white margin round, the middle petals, and, though, like its probable ancestor, it wants a better eye, it is a flower that will always command a place in every stand. Upon the whole we cannot help congratulating Mr. Thompson on having raised so fine a flower, or praising his loyalty for having so named it. We have seen some seedlings in his bed this Spring of a very distinct and striking character, many of which we propose to figure, as we believe they will prove valuable acquisitions to the lovers of this flower. Our present drawing was taken from the choice collection of Messrs. Allen and Rogers, of Battersea