This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", 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.
In accordance with established custom, the gates of these gardens are once more thrown open to the public, and are daily thronged with thousands of visitors. The display provided by Mr Broome in the Inner Temple far exceeds that of former years, both in the open borders and under cover. The long border, now temporarily sheltered with mats and glass-lights, is a complete mass of flowers of extra fine quality; and the splendid beds of pompone varieties by the side of the terrace-walk were, when we saw them, bristling with buds, and by this time are sheeted with bloom. The three Leicester vases by the side of the walk are also filled with pompone varieties, and have a charming appearance.
The display in the gardens of the Middle Temple is also above the average with respect to the health of the plants and the quality of the flowers, but scarcely so extensive as in former years. The long border of large-flowering kinds, and the two grand beds of pompones at the bottom of the garden, are especially deserving attention; but we are bound to refrain from giving a list of the best varieties for want of space. - Gardeners' Magazine.