This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Some of the fascination attendant on orchid growing comes from the fact of their being air plants. Their growth on blocks and in baskets is so different from other plants that they attract by their very peculiarity.
It is customary to make wooden baskets for the species which require them; but it is hard work, and at best they are perishable. Very nice articles of pottery-ware can now be had from those dealers in earthenware who look after the needs of florists, which will do just as well as blocks or baskets, and are cheaper in time and quite as durable - and we were struck by the great variety offered in the catalogue of A. Hews & Co., of Cambridge, Mass., whose advertisements have often been seen in the advertising columns. We have selected a few of these to accompany this paragraph, so as to give our readers a better idea of what we mean.