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 correspondent of The Rural New Yorker, last year, recommended the planting of Spring Flowering Bulbs, in masses, on the land, after the manner of summer bedding plants, and describs the great delight which all visitors felt in the display:
Since the middle of April we and our friends and visitors have been greatly delighted with a bed of Hyacinths on our front lawn. It is circular in form, measuring twenty feet in diameter, the centre raised some two feet above the ground level. The Hyacinths are planted in ribbons, which consist of two rows of bulbs; each ribbon runs clear around the bed, and is wholly of one color. The colors employed are red, white and blue, planted alternately, and the effect is charming.
The outer ribbon, next the grass, contains 180 flowers; the next, 166; the others, respectively, 125. 102, 96, 66, 50, 25, making a total of 810.
The Hyacinths in this mass were all single. At a short distance from it is another of about the same dimensions, planted in the same way, but the colors not being so bright, the bed has not been so effective as the other.
How well nature has fitted the Hyacinth to endure the variations of spring weather! Since our Hyacinths commenced to bloom, we have had sharp frosts, heavy rains, high winds, etc., yet they have retained their freshness and beauty through all, for a period of nearly a month.