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 years ago we noted in these columns the receipt of some flowers from Mr. Skinner, of Troy, Ohio, which came in the shell of a scooped out potato. We have now, some weeks since, some from Mr. Henderson, of which we make the illustration here given. Some have been sent to England, and reached there with the flowers as fresh as if just cut from the plant. There seems to be a coolness and equability of temperature, with moisture which is just the thing for the preservation of flowers, and which nothing else can give so well. It is a question how far a tight box lined with exact squares of potatoes would do for the safe transportation of flowers long distances - and it is because we think there is some good idea in these experiments which may have a wider application than a few buds in one root, that we have thought it worth while to give a sketch of the one Mr. Henderson sends us.