The American Italy; Southern California

The American Italy; Southern California : The Scenic Wonderland of Perfect Climate, Golden Sunshine, Ever-Blooming Flowers, and Always Ripening Fruits

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...in exploring their marvelous abundance in this land of flowers. i There are but two seasons in Southern California---spring and summer. In the autumn months deciduous plants lose their leaves, and in summer annuals perish, but as fruits are ripening all the year, even in spring, and multitudes of flowers bloom all winter, the phenomena that fill the eye are chiefly those of spring and summer. After the heat of summer, during which almost no rain falls (from April to November), when the hills, mesas and valleys are everywhere brown and sere, save perhaps in some shaded canyon, and not a green spot appears except where the evergreen of citrus orchards, and cultivated fields, and the ubiquitous live oak, graceful pepper and stately eucalyptus touch the brown landscape with living green, there seems no verdure in all the land, nor any hint of wild flower anywhere. Then, after the first few rains the spring begins, say in December, 'and there is a wonderful revival of life, growing richer and more abundant, from Christmas to April. The winter rains bring out the grass and grain, wild flowers start out of their underground retreats in all directions, and while "back East," whence most California residents and tourists come, the land is white with snow, and the lakes and rivers are locked fast with bolts of ice, and winter reigns supreme, here vegetable life is all astir. In the gardens of course there is no surcease of beauty. Roses of every kind, heliotropes (here perennial shrubs), carnations, marguerites, geraniums, callas, fuchsias, and thousands of flowers unknown elsewhere except in the florist's glass houses or the conservatories of the rich, run riot with bloom, and attain a height and achieve a profusion elsewhere...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236945662
  • 9781236945662