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.
It is almost wonderful that the doctrine which teaches that all parts of a flower are modified primary leaves, should have such universal assent, when but a comparatively few years ago it was laughed at by the most intelligent men of the day. Speaking of the theory, an editorial article in Paxton's Magazine for 1844, says :
" There is something so monstrous, so degrading in the idea, that the mind which contemplates all things as beautiful and perfect in their creation, revolts at it".