Arboretum et fruticetum Britannicum; or, The trees and shrubs of Britain, Volume 2

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1838 - Botany

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Page 1107 - This plant is always fixed on some little turfy hillock in the midst of the swamps, as Andromeda herself was chained to a rock in the sea, which bathed her feet, as the fresh water does the roots of this plant.
Page 902 - A large cake is always provided, with a hole in the middle. After supper, the company all attend the bailiff (or head of the oxen) to the wain-house, where the following particulars are observed : The master, at the head of his friends, fills the cup (generally of strong ale), and stands opposite the first or finest of the oxen.
Page 788 - Negaaristan, the eye and the smell are not the only senses regaled by the presence of the Rose. The ear is enchanted by the wild and beautiful notes of multitudes of nightingales, whose warblings seem to increase in melody and softness with the unfolding of their favorite flowers. Here, indeed, the stranger is more powerfully reminded that he is in the genuine country of the nightingale and the Rose.
Page 907 - In this situation he remains without stirring for a day or two, as if to rest himself after the uncommon fatigue of a two yards' march ; he then gnaws away the bark a little in order to get further in out of the way of observation; and having made a smooth chamber big enough for his wants, he spins a beautiful little milk-white silken case, in which, after a few weeks, he becomes a chrysalis, and in this state remains throughout the winter and until the following June...
Page 759 - England, by Master Nicholas Lete, a worthy merchant of London, and a great lover of flowers, from Constantinople, which (as we hear) was first brought thither from Syria, but perished quickly both with him. and with all other to whom he imparted it; yet afterward it was sent to Master John de Frangueville.
Page 701 - Nasus, chief of the Hussites, was so touched with this spectacle, that he received the young supplicants, regaled them with cherries and other fruits, and promised them to spare the city. The children returned crowned with leaves, holding cherries, and crying...
Page 921 - They answered, no; but that it was a very noble tree, being called * the imperial tree,' for its excellent properties ; that it slept all night, and wakened and was alive all day, withdrawing its leaves if any one attempted to touch them. Above all, however, it was useful as a preservative against magic ; a sprig worn in the turban, or suspended over the bed, was a perfect security against all spells, evil eye, &c, insomuch that the most formidable wizard would not, if he could help it, approach...
Page 622 - Locust-trees have always been the most numerous trees in England ; and some curious writer of a century or two hence will tell his readers that, wonderful as it may seem, ' the Locust was hardly known in England until about the year 1823, when the nation was introduced to a knowledge of it by William Cobbett.
Page 788 - I was struck with the appearance of two rose-trees, full fourteen feet high, laden with thousands of flowers, in every degree of expansion, and of a bloom and delicacy of scent that imbued the whole atmosphere with the most exquisite perfume.
Page 839 - ... alder. We have seen it growing under the shelter, though not under the shade, of some stately oak ; embodying the idea of beauty protected by strength. Our eyes have often caught the motion of the busy mill-wheel over which its blossoms were clustering. We have seen it growing grandly on the green of the village school, the great object of general attraction to the young urchins who played in idle groups about its roots, and perhaps the only thing remaining to be recognised when the schoolboy...

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