This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
No one will be surprised that this rich, racy, invigorating, pleasure-giving book has passed into a Second Edition. The Author has retouched and amended some portions of it, and added a postscript to Appendix No. 2, wherein he describes and comments on the new Roses to be sent out during the present season. This is an addition of importance, as it brings down the record of new flowers to the present time.
The matter and manner of the book who shall arraign? Any set criticism on such a work would only result in the critic becoming convulsed with laughter, and then aghast at his own temerity. But we stumble on two typographical errors, and manage to find courage enough to exhibit them. We have no set pugilistical tastes - we cannot claim to be well up in the pages of 'Fistiana,' and would much rather read Mill than witness a "mill." But when even a pugilist achieves immortality (sic), the least we can desire is that his name be spelt correctly; and so we hope when our author revises a third edition he will substitute Langham for Langan on page 13; on page 201, The Rev. R. Fellowes, Shottesham, should read The Rev. C. Fellowes. That worthy amateur florist has raised so many fine Dahlias, besides growing lovely Roses, that it were a pity he were not in a niche of the temple of fame inscribed on that page of Mr Hole's book.
It is a book not for Florists merely, but for everybody - the work of a true cosmopolitan - a man with a genial loving heart, and broad, generous sympathies: such men are at once the glory and the boast of Floriculture.
Prize Essays on Cottage Gardening and Window Gardening. Printed for the Royal Horticultural Society, South Kensington. This is a neat little pamphlet of 36 pages, containing the two prize Essays which gained the prizes, offered by Mr W. Egerton Hubbard, and has been printed by the Royal Horticultural Society, for circulation among those for whose especial benefit they have been written. Both are indited in a popular manner, can be easily apprehended, and what is advanced is generally within the means of the cottager class. In this respect they present a marked contrast to one at least of the Essays on Window Gardening that was highly commended by the judges. It was so technically and painfully elaborate, that to apply the arrangements and suggestions recommended in it would not only require the whole of the windows in Grosvenor Square to give effect to them, but also a considerable deal of the resources belonging to the denizens of that aristocratic quarter. Clergymen and others, as well as country Horticultural Societies, would do well to obtain copies for gratuitous distribution.