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.
The Gardener's Chronicle says: 'We read in the London papers of whole congregations carrying large bouquets of flowers to church on some particular occasion, and in the country parishes in Scotland spinsters may be seen carrying Lad's Love to church, along with some sweet-smelling showy flower to scent the white cambric handkerchief, neatly folded on or around the gilt-edged Bible; for the holiday dress alone, without the adornment of the flowers would be reckoned wanting in the finishing stroke. Bridals require flowers. The Orange blossom, whether natural or artificial, is always given away with the bride, whatever else may be her dowry. In the theatre the successful actress gets applauded, not only with shouts and clapping of hands, but with a very shower of bouquets as she gracefully retires. The decorations of the dinner-table owe much to flowers tastefully disposed, and the drawing-rooms, dressing-rooms, and ante-chambers in the best family mansions are all set off with gay and sweet-smelling flowers.
It is, moreover, a Continental custom, fast gaining ground in this country, to drop flowers into the graves of departed friends, as though we owed some loving tribute to their memories.
"In order to meet these demands and many others, we have our ' flower girls,' who deftly handle the cut flowers, and construct some very quaint devices. Taking a leaf of a Zonal Pelargonium, for instance, she bores a hole in the centre and inserts some gaudy flower belonging to another genus, thus making a button-hole bouquet, the smallest size, good ' home made,' quite a marketable article, and sold in thousands. The flower orders for wedding bouquets is quite a commercial affair in the London season, and cost a good round sum. Occasional fetes, such as those got up for the Shah, are red-letter days for bunting and bouquets."