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.
We noticed last season the efforts of Mr. Henry Rupp to improve the Chinese Primrose. We have now before us a box of flowers in seventeen beautiful varieties. The variations run not only through shades of color, and with stripes and pencillings, double, single and semi-double, but also in crimping and fringing of the edges. Then we have not only to compliment Mr. Rupp on his flowers, but on the way he packs and sends them by mail. With the same package from the post-office some flowers came from another correspondent wrapped in dry cotton ! Of course the flowers are dried up. In these Mr. Rupp has damp moss at the bottom of the box. The flowers are drawn through thick card-board, and the card-board tacked down tight on the damp moss. It is a pretty sight on opening the box. No doubt the flowers would travel well even to California.