This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", 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.
At this season plenty of flowers are to be had; the Chrysanthemums being at their best, also Salvias of sorts; Lobelia cardinalis, which has been grown in pots for decorative purposes under glass, Habrothamnus, Tea Roses, Tree Carnations, Winter Heaths, Camellias forced in early season, Eupatoriums, Roman Hyacinths, Vallotas, Violets in pots, Primulas, Coreas, some others. Where there is a mixture of such plants, it is well, if possible, to place those which will hurt by crowding near the ventilators - such as Heaths or other hardwoods. Use fire-heat to expel damp, and keep out frost should it come; but at all times treat this as a necessary evil. Avoid cold cut-ing winds; keep all surfaces and foliage clean in the show-house; see that no plants are water-logged, and if the soil is hollow round the collars it should be filled up, and the surface raised slightly next the collars. Cinerarias, Calceolarias, and Primulas coming forward for future decoration should be near the glass, have plenty of light, and be judiciously aired and watered. Pelargoniums should not have damp about them; they are liable to spot. All bulbs should be potted, and placed under tan or clean ashes till they spring an inch or so; then take them to light, giving plenty of air.
Most kinds, especially Tulips and Hyacinths, can be forced in batches as required. Get plenty of slirubs and other plants into gentle warmth and moisture, to keep up succession of flowers. Stove-plants, which have been previously referred to, will now be well forward, and should not be allowed to remain in damp manure-pits. They are all valuable objects for decoration during the short dark days, and ought to have the best of attention. The general work in stoves differs little from last month.