Experiments with Lapageria.
8. Robertson Terrace | Hastings
My dear Mr Darwin,
I have been going to write to you some time ago—but severalthings intervened—to thank you for yr letter containing directionsabout an experiment on Lapageria.f1 I found it was rather late in theseason—& could not get more than about 20 blossoms fit for trial.I, however, dusted about half with their own pollen & the rest withpollen from difft. fls. & cut out their stamens. The perianths ofall faded much the same time. & the pistils have all remained on,but at present look all alike. Mr Hf2 tells me that they do notcommence swelling under 6 months, so that I cannot ascertain the resultfor some time to come. I hope to repeat the expt. more fully nextseason when the blossoms are abundt. The white Var is a doubtfulaffair—its history is unknown Mr H. says he believes it has sentforth red blossoms in some body else’s possession!
All his plantsare from cuttings: but seedlings are more profitable if reard witha little care.
Yrs faithfully | Geo Henslow
P.S. I have been sent down here to ‘rusticate’ by the MetropolnRy Co,f3 for giving me concussion of brain in an accident— getting allright again