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.
A writer in Les Mondes suggests a new idea for floral decoration, which it seems may readily be put in practice. An ordinary earthenware flower-pot is filled with water, the hole in the bottom of course being closed, and allowed to stand until its porous sides are completely soaked. The water is then thrown out, and the pot is repeatedly dipped until it will absorb no more, and its outside becomes thoroughly wet. On the outer surface fine seed is thickly sprinkled and allowed to remain sticking thereto. The pot is then refilled with water and set in the shade under a bell-glass. In a short time the seeds will germinate and throw out shoots, so that to prevent their falling from the sides of the pot, some thread or wire must be repeatedly wound around the exterior of the latter. Eventually the entire vessel will become a mass of living vegetation, which is nourished by the percolation of the water contained within through the porous sides.
Artistic Nosegays -The ball bouquet of the period is of long-stemmed flowers, loosely yet most artistically put together, and is made up of but two or three kinds of flowers that must not only match the floral garniture of the dress with which they arc worn, but must also be of odors that do not conflict. For instance, with a dress of white gauze, fringed with lilies of the valley, the hand bouquet is of real lilies of the valley; pink rosebuds, and glossy green smilax, with a pinkish-yellow salmon silk dress. The round bouquet is half of tea-roses and the other half of pink buds. Sometimes the entire bouquet is of double violets with a smilax wreath ; deep red Aggrippina roses are alternated with pale yellow ones, and so on. Violets and geraniums neutralize their odors. Heliotropes and pink rosebuds blend well both in color and perfume.