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There is no point on which parties residing by the sea-side are more entirely agreed than that it is useless to attempt the cultivation of flowers in spots adjoining the shore. In some situations exposed to the north and east this concord of sentiment may well exist; but as a proof of what may be effected by attention and skill, we may mention that, being at Dover a few days back, we remarked at No. 38 Marine Parade the most beautifully effective beds and verandah that we have ever met with in any situation: the beds were filled with scarlet Geraniums, Pelargoniums, Fuchsias, Antirrhinums, Lobelias, Petunias; in fact, all the varieties met with in the best cultivated gardens. The pillars and arches of the verandah were covered with Tropseolum canariense, which, blending with the tall flowering plants of scarlet Geraniums, produced a beautifully brilliant effect. Now they were not merely grown and flowered, but they could not be surpassed for vigorous health or abundance of bloom. It was the more striking to us to witness the display made in this instance, and many others in its immediate neighbourhood, because we well remember it from the days of our boyhood, and can recollect what was called a garden, not far from the spot alluded to, which scarcely produced a flower beyond bunches of the white Pink. It must be remembered that this part of Dover lies open to the south; but still it so closely adjoins the sea, that winds from that quarter must be loaded with saline particles; indeed, in high tides and strong breezes the spray itself must be carried over the plants.
We write these lines in a place quite as favourable for the cultivation of a few flowers as the one we have remarked upon; but with the exception of a starved Fuchsia, and one or two other varieties, the whole length of sea-front, about a mile, could not produce a decent nosegay; and no doubt if we were to ask the reason of the residents or visitors, the universal answer would be, "It is too near the sea." To this we should reply, "Look at No. 38 Marine Parade, Dover".
Ramsgate, Sept. 17, 1849.