Flowers and Flower Lore Volume 2

Flowers and Flower Lore 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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... to the beauty and glory of the kingdom in the eyes of the people--a beauty which can be compared only with that of a garden of flowers. But there are many place-names which have come from individual plants and flowers--unlike Florence, for example, whose connection with Flora is more general. Shushan, of Scriptural and Persian fame, gains its name from the Lily, either because that flower grew where the city was built, or because the appearance of the town was such as to suggest the name by comparison. Probably it was the former reason; and we are told that the Persian Lily (Fritillaria Persica) was sent into the Low Countries under the name of Susam giul, where giul is the same word as Gul in Gulistan, the Garden of Roses; and Susam is the equivalent of Shushan, a Lily. Some people would consequently call this flower the Lily-rose; but others suppose that the name Susam indicates that it was a native of Susis in Persia, and therefore call it Lilium Susianum. The more likely explanation, however, is that Susis, like Shushan or Susam, derived its name from the Lily, and not vice versd. It has been suggested that Syria also takes its name from Suri, a beautiful species of Rose, for which that country has been always famous. No less an authority than Professor Rawlinson accepts the disputed derivation of Rhodes from the Greek word for a Rose, it being literally the Isle of Roses. Hence this flower was stamped upon its coins. Near London we ourselves have a Primrose Hill, and in another direction from the great metropolis lies Strawberry Hill. Shakspere says: "My Lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn, I saw good Strawberries in your garden there, I do beseech you send for some of them." Ely replies that he will, with all his heart. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236602560
  • 9781236602565