This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This old-fashioned shrub is not near as common in gardens as it deserves to be. The buds are formed in the fall and grow larger with every warm winter's day. If these branches are cut off and placed in water in a warm room, they will expand in a few days, and fill the room with their delightful fragrance. A new branch so treated every week, will keep up a succession all winter.
The Petersburg Messenger, noticing a bouquet sent by Mr. Bryant of that city in the depth of winter, refers to this remarkably interesting shrub, and it moves us to repeat what we have before said, that it is astonishing so sweet a thing should be so little known. The buds, cut off and put in water, will expand in a warm room and fill it with fragrance.