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.
In some situations and arrangements it has been used with good effect as a bedding plant, and it is not less effective when used for the purpose I am about to mention. As a receptacle for bulbs, such as Hyacinths, etc, it is what we might term a living basket, which forms a very curious and interesting object to hang in the conservatory or plant house during the Spring months. This being the usual time at which preparations are being made for the bulb season, the hint may induce some to try the experiment; not that I mean to say it is anything novel, but if successful it cannot fail to please. Select a few well-matured moderate-sized Beet-roots, being careful not to injure the crowns; cut a few inches from the bottom end, leaving say, a little more than one-half; then hollow this bottom end out, leaving just room enough for a little compost or silver sand, and one bulb of a Hyacinth; but do not scoop out more than is needful, that as much nourishment as possible may be left for the crown. To prevent the bulb falling out, place a little green moss close around it, and fasten the whole with some small wire, A handle to this Beet-basket, by which to suspend it, can easily be formed by twining a piece of galvanized wire, fastening the ends in the opposite sides of the Beet. This will also answer as a support for the flower-spike. It will require to be kept constantly moist to induce the Beet-root to send leaves freely from the crown, which faces downwards.
The result of this is that the foliage twines gracefully round the sides in an upright direction, shrouding everything from view, the dark leaves being intermixed with the inflorescence of the Hyacinth, which by that time will be in its perfection.
The effect is exceedingly pretty. - C. J. White, The Gardens, Ferniehurst.