This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
We observe that our contemporary the Midland Florist speaks of this flower as having been seen in a very inferior character to that in which it is figured in our volume for 1848; and this is corroborated by a writer in the Gardeners' Hive. This is valuable information to us, and shews the wisdom of our refusing to figure any thing in future except from the living subject. It was introduced to the notice of our late friend Mr. Fox by an eminent Tulip-fancier, who said that he had seen the drawing made by Wakelin, and which could be depended upon for its fidelity. On this assurance we were glad to have it engraved. This month ought to provide us with fresh subjects for our plates; and we give notice, that at this time we are absolutely without a drawing, and that we shall be glad to receive, on the Wednesday morning of each week, seedling Florists' flowers, from which to select our subjects. We make no charge, neither do we ask for a portion of the expense of figuring any one's productions; but we claim leave to exercise our judgment in the selection, and acting upon it, ask simply for the credit of an intention to do what is right.
Although we have often given the following advice, it is as necessary as ever to repeat it to our correspondents.
Pack your seedling flowers carefully, avoiding the use of dry cotton-wool in contact with them.
Let the boxes be sufficiently strong to bear stamping twice with the post-office marks, which are generally affixed with a crushing stroke. If they are made of tin, be sure that the corners are rounded off, or they will be detained by the post-office authorities, as many were last season.
Cut your flowers quite early in the morning, and when packed, place them in a cool place until they are despatched.
The neglect of these simple precautions makes pure waste of much time and many postage-stamps.