A Treatise on Forming, Improving, and Managing Country Residences: And on the Choice of Situations Appropriate to Every Class of Purchasers ... (Google eBook)

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806 - Landscape architecture - 723 pages
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Page 670 - He looks abroad into the varied field . . Of nature, and, though poor perhaps compared With those whose mansions glitter in his sight, Calls the delightful scenery all his own. His are the mountains, and the valleys his, And the resplendent rivers. His to enjoy With a propriety that none can feel, But who, with filial confidence inspired, Can lift to Heaven an unpresumptuous eye, And smiling say
Page 427 - Component parts in all the eye requires : One formal mass for ever palls and tires. To make the landscape grateful to the sight, Three points of distance always should unite ; And howsoe'er the view may be confined, Three mark'd divisions we shall always find.
Page 655 - ... natural ledges of rock, the vale presents a calm, glassy mirror, that reflects the surrounding foliage. The path, in various places, crosses the water by bridges of the most romantic and contrasted forms ; and, branching in various directions, including some miles in length, is occasionally varied and enriched by caves and cells, hovels, and covered seats, or other buildings, in perfect harmony with the wild but pleasing horrors of the scene.
Page 502 - First; That Trees should be planted as much as possible in soils, situations and climates, analogous to those of their natural state; and that it is chiefly in this state, or where there are some defects relative to it, that Pruning and Culture can be exercised with advantage.
Page 362 - ... the famous Mr. Brown ; who has so fixed and determined the forms and lines of clumps, belts, and serpentine canals, and has been so steadily imitated by his followers, that had the improvers been incorporated, their common seal, with a clump, a belt, and a piece of made water, would have fully expressed the whole of their science, and have served them for a model as well as a seal*.
Page 654 - A narrow, wild, and natural path sometimes creeps under the beetling rock, close by the margin of a mountain stream. It sometimes ascends to an awful precipice, from whence the foaming waters are heard roaring in the dark abyss below, or seen wildly dashing against its opposite banks ; while, in other places, the course of the river Teme being impeded by natural ledges of rock, the vale presents a calm, glassy mirror, that reflects the surrounding foliage. The path, in various places, crosses the...
Page 577 - ... every man in the kingdom would have a reasonable motive for letting his timber stand till it became of a size fit for the use of the navy; whereas, according to the present price, it is every man's interest to cut it down sooner.
Page 714 - By such a practice, unity, connection, and variety, would be set at defiance. " // is difficult to lay down rules for any system of planting, which may ultimately be useful to this purpose ; time, neglect, and accident, will often produce unexpected beauties! The gardener or nurseryman makes his holes at equal distance, and generally in straight rows ; he then fills the holes with plants, and carefully avoids putting two of the same sort near each other ; nor is it very easy to make him ever put...
Page 437 - Shaved to the brink our brooks are taught to flow Where no obtruding leaves or branches grow : While clumps of shrubs bespot each winding vale Open alike to every gleam and gale : Each secret haunt and deep recess display'd, And intricacy banished with its shade. Hence, hence ! thou haggard fiend, however call'd...
Page 551 - ... which are transplanted will never arrive to the size of those which stand where they are sown, nor will they last near so long. For in some places where these high trees have been transplanted with the greatest care, they have grown very fast for several years after ; yet are now decaying; while those which remain in the places where they came up from the acorns are still very thriving, and have not the least sign of decay. Therefore whoever designs to cultivate these trees for timber, should...