This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
When a tradesman has an overstock of anything, the most rational thing in the world is for him to conclude it is better to get something than nothing, and he had better sell for something than let go to waste. How this works has been curiously illustrated the few past years by the Harlaam bulb growers. It appears the English cut flower dealers were in the habit of buying immense quantities of tulip and hyacinth bulbs for their cut flower market. The Harlaam bulb growers, when their bulbs flowered, not wishing to waste their blossoms, sent the cut flowers to the English market to be sold for anything they would bring. The result has been that the English cannot afford to buy the bulbs, and many of the Harlaam growers now have to sell the roots as well as the flowers for "anything they will bring," and the regular bulb market is verging on bankruptcy. To try to recover the goose which laid so many golden eggs, a society has been formed to swear off from this reckless practice. Already, 500 Harlaam bulb growers have taken the pledge not to sell the cut flowers under any circumstances.