From George Henslow 3 March 1870
8. Robertson Terrace | Hastings
My dear Mr Darwin,
I have been going to write to you some time ago—but several things intervened—to thank you for yr letter containing directions about an experiment on Lapageria.1 I found it was rather late in the season—& could not get more than about 20 blossoms fit for trial. I, however, dusted about half with their own pollen & the rest with pollen from difft. fls. & cut out their stamens. The perianths of all faded much the same time. & the pistils have all remained on, but at present look all alike. Mr H2 tells me that they do not commence swelling under 6 months, so that I cannot ascertain the result for some time to come. I hope to repeat the expt. more fully next season when the blossoms are abundt. The white Var is a doubtful affair—its history is unknown Mr H. says he believes it has sent forth red blossoms in some body else’s possession!
All his plants are from cuttings: but seedlings are more profitable if reard with a little care.
Yrs faithfully | Geo Henslow
P.S. I have been sent down here to ‘rusticate’ by the Metropoln Ry Co,3 for giving me concussion of brain in an accident— getting all right again
Experiments with Lapageria.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7126,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7126