The Ladies’ Floral Cabinet, September, 1878, offered the following suggestions for window, fireplace and mirror decorations during the summer months:
WINDOW, FIRE-PLACE AND MIRROR DECORATIONS.
…During the summer time, when our fire-places are not in use, it is the taste of many ladies to decorate them with floral and woodland treasures. The wicker basket seen in this illustration is filled with moss, having at bottom a large pan with abundance of earth, and in it are placed a great variety of plants, which do well in the shade.
Another long basket or tray is put on the mantle, where are growing flowering plants, with vines at either end, and ferns at the back next to the glass. A beautiful way to finish the decorations of such a mantle is to take the tips of ferns leaves, and, sticking their stems into the wicker basket, let them point outward and hang down. It gives a finish far beyond anything of artificial manufacture…