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.
The new year has burst upon us, and we hope that with it will burst many new and gloriously good practical ideas. No men in the world know so well the wants and necessities of the horticultural world, as our horticultural editors. The reason of this is, that they are constantly importuned on all the great questions pertaining to the subject How many quandaries must flash across their minds while sitting nice and cosy in their "sanctum sanctorum I" These "sanctums" were never intended to be strong prison holds to bolt up any original idea that may not seem to conform to our every-day conventionalities. No; they were made for Batteries to fire the world's ideas from, into the hearts and heads of all within its reach. What is the worth of an idea? who can tell? The first impress that a puffing tea-kettle made, or the first idea that struck a Galileo of a moving world, or the circulation of the blood in the body of a Harvey, or the circulation of sap in the plants we are cultivating: what is the value of the first of those ideas to-day? No man can tell. If we get into conversation with an individual upon vegetable physiology, we are wonder-struck with perhaps one single idea, which opens up a whole field of thought and study.
The individual who used the remark never thought that thought before. The train of thought is carried on, a practical observation is made, and lastly the idea is demonstrated into a positive reality. We have sometimes felt an idea come from somewhere that the power of the organism seemed too weak to investigate, or to want the proper means of carrying out; but we never let that idea die; pass it on to some one else; once out of the original brain, and it will forever roll on until it is made and perfected according to the constituent elements of its own identity.
We have many times said to some of our friends, "Why don't you communicate your idea to the 'Horticulturist,' 'Gardener's Monthly,' or any where you think proper? It's too good to be lost." "Can't write" is the reply, But if you should happen to get a letter from those very parties about cuttings, roots, plants, queries of any kind, they can with the greatest ease and fluency ask you a thousand questions, and tell you their good reasons for so doing. But they can't write to the Editor of the Horticulturist, or any other editor, because they think he is something else than human nature, and knowing more of every thins else than any body else. Now this is not so. These gentlemen editors don't think this of themselves. They earnestly and sincerely call upon the gardeners, and these who may not happen to be gardeners, to send along their ideas. It is nothing but proper and right that we should ask such questions on various subjects that we can not comprehend.
We can not comprehend "mildew." There is a sort of whirlpool of ideas afloat.