Honest old Parkinson, who wrote on Gardening in the time of Queen Elizabeth, had a suspicion against those who were continually introducing new English names. He says: " Some have called the yellow Lupin, Spanish violets, but other foolish names have been given it, as Virginia roses, and the like, by knavish gardeners and others, to deceive men, and make them believe they were the finders out, or great preservers of rarities, of no other purpose but to cheate men of their money. As you would therefore avoyde knaves and deceivers, beware of these manner of people, whereof the skirts of our towne are too pitifully pestered."
Where are the Naughty Gardeners? - I am told that the governor of a certain gaol finds that he has the members of almost every trade and profession under his care at one time or another except gardeners, and that if he wants his plot of ground done up he is always unable to find a man " within the walls " to do it. If the exception had been writers lor the press now. - But there, I believe cynical persons are to be found who say that even journalists sometimes do the things they should not, and leave undone that which they ought to do. Well, for my part, I am ready to give the credit to the gardeners. But I can't make the matter out. Can it be that they are anxious to do all in their power to atone for the lapse of the First Gardener, which has entailed such dire consequences upon us all? - London City Press.
[Much the same is American experience, except that though there are not any in prison, there are a few who ought to be. They seem sharper than some other classes, and do not get caught.]