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(GARDENIA.) Sweetness.

The petals are cut in thick wax, or single wax doubled; when the latter
is the case, be careful to place the two shining sides together. It is
particularly easy to form: the petals require to be curled precisely as
the yellow jasmine. The centre is formed by crushing two or three small
pieces of orange wax to the point of a wire. The first five small petals
are very faintly tinged with orange; this is merely to give warmth to
the centre of the flower, to make up for the deficiency of the
life-glow, if I may use this term--great care must therefore be taken
not to make it too dark. All the succeeding petals are placed on in rows
of five, turning some of the petals forward towards the centre of the
flower.

The neck of the flower is already formed from the ends of the petals; it
only requires to be moulded very smooth, and coloured a light pomona
green. The calyx consists of five points of green wax, placed at the end
of the tube. The dark foliage is placed round in clusters, and produces
a pleasing contrast to the flower. I would here observe, that this
flower is particularly useful in grouping. It is a greenhouse
production, and extremely fragrant in nature; it is consequently always
consistent to place it in a bouquet; independently of this, it is an
excellent substitute for white camellia in groups, where the last named
flower would be too large.

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I shall proceed to give some instruction in Roses. The varieties now
grown and named in our nurseries amount to the almost incredible number
of two thousand. I shall therefore choose, for the information and
improvement of those ladies who kindly think proper to place themselves
under the guidance of my little book, about six kinds, such as I deem
most useful, and as being different in form and colour. I think, when
these are perfectly understood, any other kind can be copied easily from
nature. I shall commence with the old favourite,





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