This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
If there is one point we have given more attention to than another in conducting the Florist and Garden Miscellany, it has been the attempting to ensure fidelity in our illustrations; and we thought we had been very successful in steering clear of exaggerated figures of any flowers selected for representation. In many cases we have felt that justice has not been done them, either in the drawings or colouring, arising more from the difficulties attendant on this department than from any other cause. It was, therefore, with regret we learnt that the Tulip, Haward's Magnificent, figured in our volume for 1848, was a gross misrepresentation; and we stated as much in our April Number, p. 110. Mr. Macefield immediately wrote, assuring us that the flower instead of being flattered was not done justice to; and this was followed by the accompanying letter, which we acknowledged by requesting the writer as a disinterested party to wait until the Tulip was in bloom, and then to compare the drawing and flower, and report. He not only kindly acceded to our wish, but forwarded us two blooms; and we have great pleasure in stating that the drawing in our work is verv inferior indeed to the flower itself.
Mr. Macefield must see that this testimony to the beauty and value of the Tulip in question will be more satisfactory to our readers than any assertions unaccompanied by evidence such as we now afford.