Basket-work, both rustic and artistical, enters into the list of gardenesque decorations; and, when filled with plants, either in pots to be removed when they go out of flower, or having them planted in them, has a good effect They are valuable in another point of view - namely, to be set on lawns or in flower-gardens to which rabbits and hares have access. The flowers, being placed beyond their reach, may be cultivated where otherwise they could not.

Another class of decorations for this style is rustic baskets. Their forms and characters are endless, depending entirely on the ingenuity of the maker. They are usually formed of young Larch trees, having the bark left on, the form and substance of the work being first given by a strong box or other frame of the required shape, or a barrel cut transversely through the middle. The outer surfaces of these are covered, and formed into various designs, by splitting pieces of timber of uniform size and in the requisite lengths, and, after arranging them, which is most correctly done by drawing the pattern on the surface to be covered, nailing them firmly on with small-headed nails. Fig. 1 supplies an example, where the top, being supported upon a rustic leg supported by four equally rustic brackets, is formed of 1 1/2 inch plank. Larch, Hazel, or other uniform-growing rods, are nailed on the surface, the smaller ends of the rods being always kept towards the center; and these may even be considerably reduced in breadth, and, in some cases, reach only half or third way toward the point of termination.

Amongst the furnishings of a Geometrical Garden are elevated borders or baskets of flowers, formed of low margins a foot or eighteen inches high. These are usually of polished stone, and often richly carved; and, as substitutes, very elegant ones of artificial stone, in Austin's and See ley's manner, are employed. These are called porte-fleurs, and are placed on grass and sometimes on gravel, and of themselves form very attractive objects, more especially when filled with plants either planted out in them, or, if grown in pots, plunged in them, and the surface covered with moss.

Fig. 2 is one of elliptical form, seven feet by five feet, the cost of which was 30. They stand the weather well, particularly if painted once a year with boiled linseed oil, which prevents their absorbing moisture. Such subjects should stand properly on gravel; or, if on grass lawns, there should be a gravel walk around them to cut off" the connection between them and the lawn.

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