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.
At a recent horticultural exhibition at Liverpool, the Gardener's Weekly Magazine tells us:
"At the recent chrysanthemum show there one Roberts presented a lot of flowers that were made up of sheer trickery. He had cut out the centers and inserted flowers to fill them out, thus producing gigantic specimens which the judges, by their awards, marked with approval. A keen eye detected first a want of unity of complexion in the showy flowers, and next in one of them the head of a pin. The murder was out-exposure followed-the exhibitor fled! It was found that of twenty-four flowers, as many as twenty-three were made up, and the favorite mode of procedure with Mr. Roberts consisted in weaving two flowers into one, by operating on the centre of the largest".