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.
As winter flowers are so much in request here, we grow a very considerable number of carnations, which are known as perpetual or tree carnations. These during the winter season are grown in a span-roofed house, provided with side stages, which admit of the plants being placed near the glass, so that they may enjoy a fair share of light. The temperature is maintained at or about 60°, which appears to suit them admirably, as well as the Bouvardias, of which we grow a few dozen plants of the most useful sorts. The carnations are now in fine trim, and the supply of flowers for button-holes, bouquets, and vases well-nigh unlimited. In gathering a few dozen flowers to-day I made note of the following being especially good, and in every way desirable for a limited collection, namely, Avalanche, white; Beauty, white and scarlet; Boule de Feu, scarlet; Congress, scarlet; Duke of Wellington, dark scarlet; Herbert, rose; Hermione, white; Jean Bart, bright scarlet; La Belle, white, large, very full and fine; Novelty, buff and red; Oscar, yellow; Purity, white; Souvenir de la Malmaison, blush; The Dragon, scarlet.
The perpetual-flowering Picotees, Ascot Giant, white ground with heavy red edge; Ascot Yellow, yellow with crimson edge; Prince of Orange, yellow with bright crimson edge, are also exceedingly good in their season. The Bouvardias which appear to be the most useful for private growers for winter work are David-soni, white; Vreelandi, white; Elegans, scarlet; Bridesmaid, flesh-pink, and Longiflora, white. The last-mentioned is a straggling grower, but its flowers are so deliciously fragrant that it cannot be dispensed with. The flowers of the other varieties enumerated possess but little fragrance, and are in consequence not so popular amongst the ladies.- Head Gardener, in Gardeners' Magazine.