The Journal of Horticulture thus describes the floral arrangements at a very aristocratic dinner table recently:

"The table was laid for thirty, and light was supplied by five candelabra arranged down the centre. The central one was raised on a block one foot high, the next pair nine inches, and those at each end on blocks six inches high. Sheets of brown paper were placed right down the centre of the table. Mounds of fresh green moss were then formed around each of the blocks with a gradual slope to the top. The diameter of the central mound at the base was about twenty inches, the next pair seventeen, and the outside ones fifteen; the space between the mounds was then covered with moss, but instead of joining the outer edge of it in straight lines from one mound to the other, it was hollowed out so as to form the arc of a large circle sweeping towards the centre of the table from either side, which gave the whole design an informal appearance. It is now easy to imagine the centre of this as being covered with moss, with mounds rising around the candlesticks, and the outline hollowed out between the mounds; when this is done the most troublesome part of the work is over. The outer edge of the moss was then edged with brightly colored pieces of Alternanthera amcena, which formed a beautiful contrast to the white tablecloth on one side and fresh green moss on the other.

Two light, graceful Palms were next placed between the central candelabrum and those on each side of it, and small mounds made at their base to cover the pots. In the centre of the space between the other candlesticks two more mounds were formed around plants of Pandanus Veitchi, and at each end of the table a noble-looking Pine was placed; the whole surface of moss was then dotted irregularly with flowers of bright and distinct colors, such as Poinsettias, Camellias, white Chrysanthemums, Eucharis, Epiphyllums, Primulas, Carnations, Pelargoniums, and Azaleas, with small sprays of Salvias and flowers of Cyclamen peeping up here and there among fronds of Maidenhair Fern, with fronds of Pteris serrulata standing up well above the flowers. Fronds of Poly-stichums angulare proliferum. with Nephrolepis tuberosa and Cyperus springing up around the base of the candlesticks, completed the arrangement, the whole having the appearance of verdant undulating banks, with flowers and plants springing up from them in charming simplicity and profusion".