This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
"With the present Number we conclude our Third Volume, the last of the First Series; and have much pleasure in announcing that our arrangements are all completed for commencing anew on January the 1st, 1851; and we request your company and that of all your friends.
We have hitherto jogged along very agreeably, and fallen out but little by the way; and considering how difficult it is to please every palate, we think you have shewn yourselves, on the whole, satisfied with the entertainment we have provided, though some of you have wished there had been more of this dish or of that. We have enlarged our table: we shall give you in the coming year a dessert, - yes, of the finest fruits; and that not at the expense of the flowers, but an agreeable mixture of both. We are also about to provide you with a little light reading for your arbours: a monthly paper by our " Erratic Man," and some by our old correspondent " Sedentary." " Iota " is at work; Mr. Edwards the same; and so are our northern friends, Woodhouse and others.
And you, idle yet able readers, come forth and contribute your quota to the general fund of information: 'tis your duty; make it your pleasure. Come forth, some of you that are veteran Florists; tell us of your early days, of the old "Florists' feasts," of your enthusiasm, your success and your failures; and so encourage those who are taking your places.
And you, the successful ones of the present day, the Puxleys, Mays, Hoyles, and others, - why do you not contribute to our stores of information? Tell us what you have done, and how you have done, and what you are doing. 'Tis a debt due to floriculture. Will you pay it? If you will, now is your time; the evenings are long, paper is cheap, and so are pens: we can admit no excuse. We have figured your productions; the least you can do is to repay us by giving us the fruits of your experience. Ask us for any thing we can supply, and you shall have it: return this in kind. And you who have the power to increase the number of our subscribers, let us ask you to set about it at once: we desire a large circulation, and we deserve it. With the Illustrations of any work of the kind, we challenge comparison; and we do the same for our general information.
We are in great favour with the ladies, we may say increasingly so. We shall endeavour to repay their interest in our success by providing for their amusement and instruction in particular. We shall be glad at all times to receive suggestions from them; let them acquaint us with their wants and desires, and they shall be gratified, if possible.
There! - we seem to have exhausted ourselves of every thing of a complimentary character; so, with your permission, we will descend to the lower level of our every-day walks, and take leave of the subject, and of our readers of all kinds, in a cordial Farewell for 1850.