The parlor can be made very gay, during the month of November and part of December, by a choice collection of Chrysanthemums. If they are kept out of the midday sun, their beauty will be greatly prolonged.
Some of the new varieties of Pompone, or Button Chrysanthemums, are very beautiful, and add much interest to a collection. One dozen each of the best large varieties, and as many of the new Pompone sorts, will make up a good assortment. The colors of the last are more brilliant than those of the others. On some of them the flowers are not much larger than fine double Daisies, but are produced in great profusion. After flowering, cut off the tops of the plants, and stow them away in a dry cellar, where they may remain till spring. For the most successful mode of cultivation, see page
There is a great variety of plants that succeed well in the house, besides those already named. The Cactus Family embraces a great many varieties, which succeed well in very warm, dry rooms. The Daphne odora requires but little care, and is one of the most highly odoriferous plants in cultivation. The Diosma, Heliotrope, Sweet-scented Verbena, Double sweet-scented Violets, Jasmines, Perpetual Pinks, Gardenia, or Cape Jasmine, Sweet-scented Geraniums, Mahernia odorata, Lemon, Orange, and many other plants, are highly prized for their delightful odor.
Azalea Indica in its varieties, Acacias of many beautiful sorts, Begonias, Fuchsia, Myrtles, Oleanders, Primulas, Daisies, Geraniums (scarlet, rose, and variegated leaved), Pelargoniums, Verbenas, Oxalis, Stevias, and many plants, succeed very well in the parlor. I wish it could be said that the Ericas, or Heaths, so beautiful, would succeed equally as well; - they want a moist atmosphere, and neither very warm nor very cool.
The double Stocks and Wall-flowers are also suitable for the parlor, and are very simple in their cultivation. These are raised from seed, which, if of a good quality, will produce plants half of which or more will have double flowers. As they are difficult to transplant when large, without severly checking their growth, it is best to pot them in the smallest sized pots, as soon as they show six or eight leaves, and, as they advance in growth, shift them into larger sized ones. When the flower buds show themselves, it will be easy to detect those that will be single, which should be rejected. Hyacinths, Polyanthus Narcissus, and many other bulbous-rooted plants, flourish in the parlor.
I have named more kinds of plants than are commonly cultivated in parlors, but the directions given in this chapter apply equally to small conservatories, connected with the sitting-room, where professed gardeners are not employed. For such appendages a greater variety of plants will be required than for the parlor.