This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Although some of our readers will have planted out their summer bedding plants ere this number reaches them, yet many will not have done so, and even to those who have, we wish to suggest a word by which perhaps they may improve. It has been and yet is with most who group, to think only of colors; but they should go one step farther, and adopt in a measure the system by which practical bouquet makers give such effect to the arrangement of a few flowers, and that is, "use filling in." To this end, as we now have a large number of variegated and colored foliaged plants, we suggest their use as a filling in among the plants whose great beauty is their blooms; by this means a more satis-factory and less monotonous tone is given to the group; and if then we add a few more whose beauty is in their form and grace as well as color of foliage, we shall have created a mass closely resembling, but more artistic and scarcely less graceful than nature in her wildest and most harmonious moods.
Honeydew may be eradicated by dust-ing the parts affected with flour of sulphur or fresh slaked lime.
Rose Geraniums are generally cultivated for their leaves, which are useful in making bouquets. The plants are generally planted out during the summer into the ground; they grow vigorously, and furnish abundant foliage during the summer months. In the fall they are lifted, put into pots/ and placed in the green-house. By this process they lose their leaves, and are useless until February or March. To have them in perfection during the winter, young plants should be propagated, and in May put into eight-inch pots; plunge the pots in the border an inch below the rims; they will need no further care until fall, when the plants can be taken up in full foliage, and not a leaf need be lost.