This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
In my house, 24 feet by 12, span-roofed, of the meanest construction, and heated by a boiler burning cinders with a little Welsh coal, I had on this date, Nov. 1st, 1849, the following plants in bicom, with a number of others throwing up their flower spikes. Oncidiums: or-nithorhyncum, papilio (2 plants), grande (2 plants), unguiculatum, and crispum; Goodyera discolor, Zygopetalon crinitum (2 plants), Cattleya labiata, Dendrobium sanguinolentum, Broughtonia san-guinea, Miltonia Candida, Epidendrum vitellinum, Phalsenopsis ama-bilis, Maxillaria picta, and Lycaste macrophylla. Now what can be more delightful at the dull time of the year than a collection of these really charming things? It is bringing to our own doors the beauties of the tropical regions. I shall not allude just now to the erroneous opinions held respecting the necessity of their being kept in houses the heat and moisture of which are insupportable; nor to the mistake made by those who, commencing their cultivation, think it beneath their notice to admire any thing else. I trust, however, some able contributor will kindly take up these subjects.
My old Florists' flowers, the Carnation, Picotee, Pansy, in short, all that I have ever grown, are as great favourites with me as they were before I possessed an Orchid, and 1 intend they shall continue to be such. The Florist and Garden Miscellany should notice every description of flowering plants. I am glad there is a prospect of its doing so; and nope we shall soon see as great a variety as possible.
F. H. S.