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.
To sow ? or not to sow ? - that is the question,
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The greatest torment of a gardener's life
In poring yearly through "fat catalogues,"
Or to take means by popping them, when sent,
Into the waste basket, - to be looked to
No more; and, by doing so, to say we end
The thirst for new and special nevelties
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To grow ? to sow ?
To grow ? perchance to cram our beds and borders
With useless rubbish - ay! there's the rub !
For to pick out the best of the trade lists.
Full of "ennobled roots." and "improved, seeds "
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That raisers have for their own progeny ;
For who would bear to look o'er all the lists
Now daily sent to gardeners and employers,
"Descriptive guides" "Vade mecums," "Little books,"
For teaching when to sow, transplant and reap,
When he himself might the commotion end
By never reading them ? Who would yearly bear
To sow the good old seeds of former lists ?
But that the thoughts of something after seed-time -
That the "ringleaders," "gems," and "first crop" peas,
Might not turn out so profitable or early
As the well-tried old sorts, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather grow the seeds we have
Than order others that we know not of.
W T., in Gardener's Weekly Magazine.