Image from page 192 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
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nd the doctorrapidly goes over each bloom: This petal which is out of itsplace is put into a right position; that ill-shaped one is tornaway altogether. In the end the flower is placed aside with-out the least blemish to detract from its market value. If theroses are wanted for some purpose where it is important thatthe buds should not open, such as for use in a bouquet forinstance, each bud must be separately treated. As near to thebase of the bloom as is possible, thin wires are cunninglyinserted right through the center of the bud, so that all thepetals are held in such a way that they can never fall apart.All other kinds of flowers are examined in the same manneras has been described above, faulty petals removed and dis-placed ones put into the correct position. It is not at all anunusual thing in the case of chrysanthemums, to go overthe flower with an instrument much resembling a pair of curl-ing tongs, and with delicate twists bring the petals over inan elegant curling fashion.
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Wiring a Rose to Prevent It from Opening Freeing a Chrysanthemum from Injured Petals n8 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS March, 1907 Some of the most desirable flowers, from the florists pointof view at any rate, have been provided with only veryweak stems, and sometimes with scarcely any stem at all.The beautiful Marechal Niel rose can scarcely hold up itshead, while the fragrant white tuberose blooms by the timethey have been gathered from the central stalk have notmore than a fraction of an inch of stem. Such flowers couldnever take their place in decorative schemes in the condition
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