Our Garden Flowers; A Popular Study of Their Native Lands

Our Garden Flowers; A Popular Study of Their Native Lands

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...really make a leafy roof which keeps cool and shaded and dewy a space six inches above the surface either of soil or wall. Out of this shaded retreat the flowers emerge on slender stems, looking forth with a sidewise glance and a charming poise. As the summer waxes to its prime the entire bed becomes a blaze of blossoms which fairly radiate sunlight from their golden cups. The plant climbs the fences or trails along the ground, but wherever it is it craves light and sunshine. The individual flower is in itself most interesting. The calyx is colored as the corolla only in lower tones. Its five sepals are fairly grown together and the three upper unite to form a long slender spur which is a storehouse of nectar. Upon the calyx and between its points grow the petals; the two upper directly attached, the three lower growing on long fringed claws. There are various markings seen as one looks into the heart of the flower, and all point down into the spur. No wandering bee should mistake the directions; they are there conclusive, unmistakable. No ants need apply; the petal fringe is a discourager of ant industry. There are normally eight stamens, and these do not mature at the same time, but discharge their pollen one after another. As the stigma is not receptive until the home pollen is fairly exhausted, the plan considerably lengthens the life of each flower, for as a rule the petals continue the honey call to the bee until the stigma is fertilized, or failing that until the vitality is exhausted. After fertilization both calyx and corolla wither; the flower stem begins to curve, sometimes makes two or three turns so as to draw the fruit down into the cool retreat under the leaves that it may not be harmed by the sunshine. Nasturtium behaves as if it...
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650077
  • 9781236650078