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.
Having often experienced the inconvenience of being obliged to refer from one book to another for a description of the composts suitable for different flowers, I have collected some of the most approved together, thinking they might be useful to many of your readers. I send them for your insertion. Carnations: 1. Two-thirds fresh loam; one-third rotten frame-dung, with a little sand, 2. One-half loam; one-half rotten frame-dung, with a little sand. 3. Five-sixths of No. 1 or No. 2; one-sixth leaf-mould, good for Picotees. 4. One-third loam; one-third peat; one-third two-year-old cow dung. Ranunculuses and Anemones: Two-thirds loam; one-third rotten cow-dung. Dahlias and Narcissus Loam well manured. Hyacinths: 1. One-third sea or river sand; .one-third loam; one-fourth rotten cow-dung; one-twelfth leaf-mould. 2. Two-sixths gray sand; two-sixths well-rotted cow-dung; one-sixth tanners' bark, quite rotted; one-sixth tree leaves, well rotted. Pinks: Two-thirds loam; one-third two-year-old cow-dung. Tulips: Good sound loam.
Auriculas: 1, One barrowful of loam; one barrowful of leaf-mould; one barrowful of old frame-dung; one barrowful of two-year-old cow-dung; one peck of river sand. 2. Two barrowfuls of sandy loam; one barrowful of leaf-mould; one barrowful of two-year-old cow-dung. 3. One-half rotten cow-dung; one-sixth loam; one-eighth leaf-mould; one-twelfth sand; one-twenty-fourth decayed willow wood; one-twenty-fourth peat; one-twenty-fourth ashes of burnt vegetables. Polyanthuses: 1. One barrowful of sandy loam; one peck of leaf-mould; one peck of old cow-dung. 2. One barrowful of well-rotted cow-dung, or leaf-mould; one-half barrowful of white sand; two barrowfuls of good loam. Heartsease: Three barrowfuls of fresh loam; one barrowful of one-year-old horse-dung; one peck of sand. - D. Pearce, Wakefield, England.