dozens and dozens of opportunities for you to make money at home,
but use the talents that you have. Sit down tonight before you go to
think over your own gifts, and how you can use them to build up
account which you can call your very own.
who had long taught school, were left a small piece of property just at
when they felt the need of retiring from school. The land was just
outside of a
small city which was s very active socially.
decided to attempt raising violets. They procured books on the subject.
them went for a season as the assistant of a practical greenhouse man,
other took a short summer course in a school of flori-culture. They did
because they felt they had no money to waste in experiment and failure.
soon nicely established in business and were successful in raising such
splendid variety of lovely and fragrant violets, that they had an
all they could produce, among regular city florists who were their
Marketing by George Saltford,
the violet specialist (1902)
demands today violets with long strong stems, color a rich, deep purple, with
full bloom petals, large and heavy, very small, white centre fragrance penetrating,
and foliage large, deep green.
One or two
hundred of such violets in a bunch make a superb corsage bouquet, although
fifty to the bunch is the popular number. With regard to selling, the days for
making contracts for entire crops are past, and perhaps it is as well, for the
contracts are seldom carried out, owing to the quality getting below the standard,
or the market going against one of the parties concerned.
on merchant has come to stay, and the violet grower cannot succeed without him.
Violets are shipped in boxes lined with wax tissue paper, packed snugly together,
one layer to the box. We were visited by a celebrated grower some years ago and
asked what we did with the violets when bunched. Said he: "I first throw mine
in a cistern and let them stay overnight in the water. They are nice and stiff
when I take them out in the morning."
That we should consider suicidal in these days,
as water destroys the bloom as well as the perfume. We n ow use zinc pans, five
inches deep, two feet wide and four or five feet long, filled with water. A
frame of wire netting, three inch mesh, is placed over the pans and the bunched
violets, fringed with their own leaves, are placed in the holes to await the packer.
Thus it will
be seen that it is of the utmost importance to bunch your violets well before
sending them to market and tied with very small blue or purple cotton cord ,
and the quicker they reach the buyer the better it will be for all concerned on
account of having them arrive in a fresh and fragrant condition. A violet having
no sweetness is not wanted at any price.
could cite case after case where the foreclosure of a mortgage on property was imminent,
where by building a small green-house and drowning violets, his property was
redeemed and his credit was again first-class.
In fact, we
know of no better way to make money on a small place than by growing violets,
and the reader may rest assured that if he grows them good his flowers will be
sought for by dealers from far and near, and he will be a prosperous citizen.
When you can
grow plants well you can grow plants as easily and with much less expense. Finally,
all that is needed is good common sense, a small piece of land, a very small capital
and a willingness to work faithfully at a very pleasant occupation.
Varieties: Marie Louise, the best double blue—this queen
of violets holds her own still in the front rank of the violet family, fearing
no rival and apparently conscious of the fact that clothed in her royal robe of
purple all visitors will pay homage to her.
Oh the flowers look upward in every
Through this beautiful world of ours,
And dear as a smile on an old man’s
Is the smile of the sweet blue flowers.