Familiar Garden Flowers Volume 2

Familiar Garden Flowers Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ...food at times when the animals are hard-pressed, may tend to the preservation of more valuable timber. Lychnis coronaria. PLANT may be common and yet have an uncommon appearance, as may be seen in the example before us. The rose campion, which is now classed as a lychnis, but may with propriety be catalogued under its other name, Agrostemma coronaria, is as common as any good garden plant known. But it is peculiarly distinct, and may be recognised at any reasonable distance by its hoary leafage, its forked style of growth, the arrangement of the leaves in pairs, and the splendour of its solitary flowers. The rich purplish-crimson of these can never be imitated by the art of man, and when we see the best possible picture of them we must ask with Thomson, "Who can paint like nature?" and take the negative reply he gives. We may see in stained glass, when the sun shines through and floods the pane with fiery hues, a near approach to the transparent and delicate but intense richness of this flower. But there is little need for a perfect imitation when the reality is at the command of all, for in the spring season the huckster florists sell rose campions at a penny each; they will grow almost anywhere, and whoever would despise them for their cheapness would deserve to see no more flowers in this world, whatever he might see in the other. A small story may be worth telling, and here is a very small one of which this plant is the subject. A few years ago we visited a millionaire in a famous centre of manufacturing industry. The gardens were reputed to contain four acres of glass, devoted for the most part to grapes, pines, and peaches. The residence was a castle of high renown for political influence and princely hospitality. In making the tour of the...
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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502760
  • 9781236502766