This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Gardeners Chronicle tells us: "We have heard a lady who was an accomplished flower painter lament that, although she could portray flowers on canvas in a way to elicit the approval of those competent to criticise, yet she could not arrange a bouquet or a vase of flowers either to please herself or any one else, as when she attempted anything of the kind the result was usually the production of something like a haystack. There can be no question that the ability to arrange foliage and flowers differing in form and color so as to produce a combination that satisfies the eye of taste has some pretentions to be called an art, and it is an art that some individuals appear to possess instinctively, as even with very ordinary materials they can make a much more pleasing arrangement than others after an unlimited amount of practice are able to effect with the choicest flowers." And yet practice and experience has much to do with success in bouquet making. Any one who has seen the very tasteful work exhibited of late years at horticultural gatherings, and displayed on the tables of people of taste, and remembers the disgusting bunches of the past, will say that culture as well as native taste must enter into a good bouquet.