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.
It would be difficult to point out a more formal, inelegant form than that of the common Hyacinth glass. It compels the flower to be grown singly, and precludes by its shape all attempts at grouping the Hyacinths; and when we see them placed about on mantel-pieces and in windows, we have them ludicrously associated with the miniature Poplar trees in the Dutch toy-boxes of childhood.
Nor is this formality of form the only defect of those glasses. Though made of colored glass, this admits rays of light to the roots. Now, these vegetate most healthily in darkness, and though clear glass is injurious, more or less, to their vegetating, yet some colored glass, admitting only one set of rays of the spectrum, is often still more markedly injurious.
Mr. Tye's Bulb-glasses obviate ail these objections; and the brass snp-ports adapted to them are the simplest and most effective we have ever employed.
The engraving renders a lengthy description needless. They are elegant in form, opaque, most tastefully ornamented, and are very cheap. The "TriajunctaAn-uno" enables three to be grown in close contact; and two of these treble vases, placed back to back, so that six divers-colored Hyacinths can be arranged together, forms the most beautiful group of this flower we have ever looked upon.
Mr. Tye has smaller glasses of a similar form, and furnished with supports, for Crocuses, Tulips, Narcissi, etc. - London Cottage Gardener.