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.
The Ladies' Gazette of Fashion says:
"A perfect wealth of flowers has been expended on the past Spring toilettes; indeed it would almost seem the gentle goddess had showered on them all her radiant treasures. Not merely the garniture, but the waistcoat, apron, or pocket itself is a mass of varied blossoms, and a sweet little innovation for a bridal robe is to suspend a lace satchel by strings of orange blossoms, secured with a hook of pearls. The tiniest of these flowers also dot the bouillonnes of tulle, Indian muslin, or gauze, which make most lovely trimmings on ordinary evening dress, replacing the wedding blossoms by eglantines, daisies, cowslips, buttercups, crowfoot, may roses, lilies of the valley, or any small field flowers. Quite an art indeed becomes the arrangement of dress blossoms; even paniers and robings are beds of posies and soft leaves, so beautifully harmonizing with the bloom of a youthful wearer. As a great contrast to the forget-me-nots, primroses, etc., we have also bunches of the largest flowers, to wit, a dress of Louis XVI brocade with the front of old gold satin veiled by puffings of maize tulle; here immense tulips were carelessly thrown over one side of the train, adorned in other cases by guelder roses and clusters of double chestnut.
The tulip's fiery petals agree well with all the multi-colored textures, yet fashion has never before smiled on the gaudy stranger, probably on account of its peculiar stiffness. Now it is worn in compliment to the new queen of Holland, and no doubt for this reason the Chapeau Emma will have a long vogue. Of the finest Leghorn, it is enhanced by Dutch tulips, the various shades of which are minutely reproduced on the streaked ribbon.
Other huge flowers, placed quite on the tops of bonnets, with encircling leaves, completely hide the squarish crowns; those generally used for the purpose are the magnolia, rhododendron, chrysanthemum and garden poppy. To these, I far prefer the pretty floral head gears, provided the blossoms are very small. Real baskets of flowers are these bonnets of lilac, hawthorn may, etc., rivalled only by the chapeaux, resembling a daisy-spangled grass plot or a mossy bed dotted with florettes. I would not recommend, however, the bonnets wreathed • with grapes and vine leaves, or intertwined with boughs of the cherry, apple or pear tree, with bloom, fruit and foliage".