This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Messrs. Taber write: " We notice in the April number of the Gardener's Monthly, Messrs. Breitmeyer's remarks on the new Carnations offered by us. While we do not care to occupy the valuable columns of the Monthly with personal differences, and although these remarks have been quite successful in increasing the demand for these plants we offer, we desire to say a few words in reply. If the Messrs. Breitmeyer introduced the varieties we are now offering, how is it that they are not quoted in any reliable florist's catalogue? We fail to find them, and we should like to hear from the parties in 'nearly every State in the Union ' who have purchased these carnations under other names. The Messrs. Breitmeyer say that 'these carnations are, very true, good winter blooming varieties, and possess to some extent the merits said gentlemen claim for them.' We consider them the best, and if the Messrs. Breitmeyer do not consider them the very best, why is it that they grow James A. Garfield and James G. Blaine almost exclusively for their cut work ?"
[We had hoped that the note in our last number would have ended this trouble about the Carnations, but as Mr. Taber's name was mentioned, it seems but right he should have a chance to be heard.
There seems to be no reason for sharp writing in this case. Mr. Hinze, it seems, did not name his Carnations before distributing them. Under these circumstances the most natural thing in the world is that they should appear under several names. Different names for the same thing may thus arise without any intention on the part of any one to do wrong. - Ed. G. M].