In the days of long ago, my old friend and employer, Mr. James Dobbie, used to tell me that success on the exhibition table was as much dependent on the treatment the flowers received after they were cut as on what had gone before. And he was right. I have often seen indifferent flowers, well staged, beat much better ones, badly staged.
There is an art in setting up flowers, but it is an art which can be acquired. The time spent by the old florists on "dressing" their Pansies, Carnations, Roses or Chrysanthemums would, if known, surprise modern cultivators. Many an all-night sitting was put in at such work. The individual flowers of Sweet Peas do not require to be dressed, but there is great room for the display of taste in setting up and arranging.