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.
We take the subjoined characteristic remarks on"Wallflowers in Paris," from the Gardener's Magazine:"Amongst the many rural elegancies that make Paris the freshest and brightest of cities, we must give a large place to the Wallflower. We see Wallflowers in plenty in all parts of Europe, and even in London they are not unknown. But really you must go to Paris to see Wallflowers just right, and to learn thereby how cheap is beauty, and how universal is the medicine of gladness for the single eye that is full of light. On a sunny day in April you may see in the Parc de Mon-ceaux, and other such places, what at a moderate distance look like beds of crimson Azaleas; but when you reach the spot you find them to be beds of Wallflowers, solid with bloom, quite uniform in height, and, as gardeners say, " as neat as if turned out of a bandbox." Almost invariably the sorts employed are the deep blood-red and the bluish-purple, all the slaty blues being repudiated, and the best yellows being scarcely anywhere represented. These blood-reds and purples are mixed throughout in equal proportions, and the near view of them is as enjoyable as the distant view is surprising.
The odor diffused adds very much to the charm of the golden-green leafage of the trees overhead, for wherever these fiery masses of Wallflowers are to be seen there are also trees enough to make a bower of pleasantness to drive dull care away. How simple and inexpensive are the best pleasures !"
We may add to what the Gardener's Magazine says, that at Osborne House, the residence of Queen Victoria, the writer of this, visiting there last year, found immense quantities of these old-fashioned Wallflowers growing, of which it was said the Queen was passionately fond, and had the flowers cut and sent to her regularly when she was in London or elsewhere.