Carnations dumped in vases simply don't do any more. Haven't you ever heard of Arrangements? Don't you know about the modern hostess and her clever ways? Still-lifes - imaginative - not only flowers but yards of red velvet, dead hares, pumpkins, wrack from the seashore, common grasses from the hedgerow, and the Lord knows what rubbish! Or else Japanesey, one reed by itself cunningly placed is worth five dozen roses, nowadays.
Nancy Mitford | Don't Tell Alfred