This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Toronto Globe says: "The taste for flowers is decidedly on the increase, particularly among people living in the country. The genuine Ontario farmer, of the school which is now passing away, is a hard-fisted, hard-headed old man, and sets his face resolutely against the waste of time and trouble in attending to ornamental gardening. But the boys and girls are growing up, and as there are visitors and callers during the summer they want to make things about the house look as well as possible. Besides when John calls on Mary and she accompanies him down to the gate to bid him good night in a pleasant little interview of about three or four hours, it seems 'nice,' as she says, to be able to pluck a rose or some other beautiful flower, from her own garden, for him to wear in his buttonhole. Then the good lady of the house, with the help her sons and daughters afford her finds she has more time than formerly, and can undertake the care of a lot of flowers in order to amuse herself. The 'old-fashioned flowers,' as marigolds, dahlias, and others have been called, are still cultivated; the rage for new varieties, holds sway only among a certain class of semi-professionals who devote the greater part of the not inconsiderable spare time they have to the cultivation of the garden.
On every side the taste for lawns is growing, and in many cases in both country and city green turf has almost entirely supplanted flower beds. The orders from the farmers for field seeds usually end with a list of flower seeds, and after that not at all unfrequently is the order to send forward the raw material for a lawn."