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.
These are getting now so voluminous that no one has time to read them. Only those which present some special features make their profitable way through the community. It is interesting to note how those enterprising firms who perceive this try to keep in the advance. Here, before us, is a scheme by Krelage, the well-known Haarlem florist. Instead of a book as big as the Bible, he has a very pretty little tract, with a full page picture of a plant and a page of historic matter. Take, for instance, the following, which we translate about the Asiatic Ranunculus: "When, in the year 1754, the good priest of Ardene published at Avignon his 'Treatise on the Ranunculus,' this flower became one of the finest ornaments of the garden. The magnificent collection of Mustapha pacha, transported from the East to France, and improved in the latter country, enjoyed at length the attention of the florists of Haarlem who brought them to great perfection, as seen in the case of other species of bulbous plants. That their improvement has not been forgotten in our times is proved by the grand new semi-double French varieties, and by the results obtained in our own country, which even surpass those obtained in other lands.
The Turkish Ranunculus is among the first of the showy flowers which adorn the hardy flower garden in early spring."
While referring to this matter, we may note that the "Poppies" referred to in our recent remarks suggested by a Philadelphia paper, is the popular name in Philadelphia for these Turkish Ranunculuses. It is of course all wrong to call these things "Poppies," but the name has begun to run and there will be no stopping it.