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.
It will be unfortunate if the admiration excited by the effect of the round baskets of Marechal Niel Roses, shown at the first Aquarium exhibition, leads to an attempt being made by any society to adopt this shape of stand for all the classes of Rose show. Mr. Wills and ourselves thought, when looking" at a box of Marechal Niels, shown by us at South Kensington, how well a round basket of this particular Rose would look, and having some hundreds of fine flowers, we carried out the idea somewhat carefully. The baskets used were two-feet wide, ordinary nursery rounds, made without handles, and of rather well selected impeled rods, and these we found looked even better than baskets made of peeled rods. They were filled with cocoanut fiber raised to a point in the centre, and covered with moss. They held about thirty-six flowers each. Seen from all parts of the hall the effect of the yellow masses was striking. At the second show, where most of the baskets were of flowers of mixed colors, we personally thought the effect not nearly so remarkable, and we drew the conclusion that these baskets must be used only for the classes of "so many flowers of one sort." A basket of dark, with a ring of light colored Roses, as exhibited, was a failure in effect.
This leads us to say that for these classes it will be feasible to use baskets, if provided by the society. Twenty-four or thirty-six blooms may be easily transferred to a basket from a box by exhibitors from a distance, while in the short time allowed for arrangement it would be almost impossible to transfer the blooms of, say, the seventy-two varieties, arranging them with the care exhibitors have hitherto exercised. Prom what we have heard expressed by amateurs and others, any attempt to enforce such an arrangement would, we fear; lead to a thin show, from the absence of some of our leading exhibitors. We throw out these remarks as a caution to societies not hastily, nor without full consideration, to adopt for all classes a novel plan well suited for one or more. - Paul & Son, The "Old" Nurseries,. Clieshunt, in Gardener's Chronicle.