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It appears to me that a few remarks in the pages of the Florist might tend to settle the difference which has for years existed between the Northern and Southern raisers of these popular flowers; which difference seems to consist merely in the Northerns being: challenged by the Southerns for an extreme thinness, only one remove from primi-ingle blessedness; and in the Southerns, on the other hand, being blamed for raisins and distributing full flowers, with some vulgarity denominated "mops".
That all growers agree as to colours, their brilliancy and distribution, shape of individual petals, the desirableness of smooth edges. thickness of texture, and imbricated arrangement for the better dis-plav of such colours and markings, size of flowers and distinctn; -of variety, no one has ever yet denied; therefore the difference appears far from insurmountable, if we calmly dig: - - the subject through the various floral organs which offer so happy a medium for intercommunication. In order clearly to define who are the Northerns and who are the Southerns, let us draw a line of demarcation from Lynn to Swansea across the entire land. This would. I think, be a fair apportionment of interested counties and localities; but should any feel themselves aggrieved by - arrangement, let them appeal to some constituted authority, who should hear evidence, and award a final and satisfactory judgment. is point being settled, then let a universal canvass be made to obtain the desired end. I therefore propose that every cultivator furnish me with lists of the best twelve Pinks, twelve Picotees, and twelve Carnations, giving the names of each flower in full, bv whom sent out, and the locality in which they This will give a stepping-stone for lasting reference: these returns must be tested, men of weight and character chosen, the tilting-ground decided on, and in 1850 a floral tournament proclaimed throughout the land, with "quality not quantity" for its gathering cry.
I have in preparation a printed form, with full instructions, for general distribution to all post-paid applicants who may enclose a stamped and directed envelope; and 1 earnestly solicit applications for the same from every town and county: to which prompt attention shall be given. The result of this must ultimately be the increase of that spirit of friendly dry, the want of which has alone kept up the seeming differences, I may almost say animosities, which I trust are soon to be entirely dispelled. If the subject be rather lengthily handled, there is yet matter of so much importance still untouched, that at a future opportunity I may again offer some remarks upon it.
Wace Cottage, Holloway, Jan. 1850. John Edwards.