This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A very pretty innovation is to wear the same flowers in the hat or bonnet as are held in the bouquet in the hand; consequently, only flowers that are in season are worn. Now, of course, we have a great choice, but in Winter we shall have only ivy. heath, and branches of fir-tree, with a few of the flowers reared in hothouses. The flowers on the hat, also, must be perfumed as if they were real flowers. There is a poetry in the fashion, which will not fail to please. Even elderly ladies may follow this fashion; for they will choose flowers adapted to their age, or. if not flowers, they may wear the foliage of the flowers - or, better still, faded flowers. And perhaps these are the most beautiful of all. Imagine a large over full-bloomed rose, the half of which still clings to its stem, whilst the other half appears to fall leaf by leaf amongst the foliage. It is extremely lovely and graceful, and is arranged with so much art by the florist that one lady who wore such a rose at the Grand Prix was warned by another lady standing near her"that she was losing her flowers." I can therefore recommend faded flowers to most ladies. Feathers also are greatly worn, especially on hats - the large-brimmed Rubens hats, which are now so much the fashion - now-more than ever, indeed.
At the Grand Prix, fancy fair, and review, the ladies wore little else. Hats at the back of the head are now no longer considered comme il faut. Duchesses, baronesses, princesses, countesses, etc., all wear large-brimmed hats bending over the face. And how pretty they are! They may perhaps not be quite so saucy as the jaunty sailor's hat, but if they look less provoquants, ladies can, at least, look blushing beneath their shade; and what is moss to a rose so is blush to a woman. - "Echoes from Paris," in Pictorial World.