This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Our two last plates and the present one have been prepared from coloured memorandums taken by Mr. Andrews of flowers exhibited at these Meetings. This was one of the great objects we had in view in their establishment; and now that the season is drawing to a close, we are enabled to state from our experience that meetings of the same kind held in a more central situation, and on a more convenient day than Wednesday has proved, would be attended with singular advantage to every raiser and lover of Florists' flowers.
The great point to be aimed at should be a good room in an open situation, surrounded, if possible, by a garden in which such objects are well cultivated, thereby affording the means of comparing seedlings with the best varieties in cultivation; for however conversant a person may be with the latter, the judgment is often at fault unless such means of comparison be at hand.
We have always set our face against the exhibition of our favourites in the murky air of the great city or our large towns. In the purer air and better light found in their suburbs, they are seen to much greater advantage, and have a far better effect; and now that the means of communication are so rapid and abundant, there is little to urge against our proposition.
The increasing beauties and excellences of form apparent in the great bulk of flowers sent for our examination have been very striking, making it a truly difficult task to select the objects for our illustrations. Mr. E. G. Henderson, of the Wellington Road Nursery, who is so well known as an improver of the Cineraria, supplied Madame Sontag and Lady Hume Campbell; the third was raised by Mr. G. Smith, of Lorrimore Road, Walworth.
1.Madame Sontag - 2 Lady Hume Campbell.
Printed by C. Chabo.
It is unnecessary to say any tiling here with respect to the cultivation of the Cineraria, as that is fully treated of in our Almanac at the end of each Number, as well as in articles by Mr. Kendall in our former Volumes.