This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
We have received specimens of the above, and regret that they were not forwarded to us before; for it is one of the great objects of the Florist and Garden Miscellany to call attention to all contrivances of the kind.
It consists of three wires in two fixed rings, forming a cradle for the bulb, above which there is a movable ring, to slide up and down, according to the height at which the stem may require assistance: under the cradle and within the glass the wires extend, acting as springs to keep the contrivance steady.
Its use is not confined to the glasses usually made for Hyacinths;
Mr. Hamilton having shewn us some ornamental flower-vases, which, by the introduction of his supporter, are fitted for growing these favourite spring flowers; the vases being available for their legitimate purpose after the Hyacinth and Narcissus have bloomed and arc over.
If simplicity be the test of usefulness, Mr. Hamilton's supporter is well calculated to effect its object; and we gladly recommend it (to use his own language) to all who would preserve the beauty of these favourite flowers. In detail, it keeps the bulb stationary, prevents the necessity of tying up the stem, while it affords increased convenience in other necessary manipulations, such as changing the water, etc. We think its cheapness an additional recommendation. We have obtained some for ourselves; and lest it should be thought we are under any undue influence, we may add we have paid full price for them.