This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Flowers enter largely into all English festivals, and a great deal of taste is employed in making the most judicious selections. At the recent wedding of the Duke of Norfolk we are told decorations surpassed anything hitherto attempted. On entering the church, large Camellia trees were seen in the distance, right and left of the altar, literally covered by hundreds of pearly-white blossoms. The trees, which were twelve feet high and ten feet through, filled the centre places in groups of fine foliaged plants, graceful Ferns and choice Orchids. A little lower down within the sanctuary the eye rested upon some groups of plants, the centres of which were composed of marvellous specimens of Pitcher plants (Nepenthes), some of which were nearly ten feet high, and one of them (N. Rafflesiana) had over sixty finely developed pitchers on it; miniature Ferns and graceful Palms, amongst which were assorted the lovely spikes of the Odonto-glossum Alexandrae, with numerous little white Hyacinths peeping put amidst green moss and Maiden-hair Ferns, rendered the floral display on the occasion complete.
Mr. Wills, to whom these decorations were entrusted, informs us that nearly 3000 white Camellia blooms were used in them. - Gardeners Chronicle.