Birds and Flowers: Or, The Children's Guide to Gardening and Bird-keeping

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Page 29 - is a great mistake. If it were planted in plenty of good leaf-mould, like that which it would meet with under the trees in woods, and up against old walls, where heaps of leaves have laid till they have decayed, and if it were kept well watered, it would grow a great deal
Page 27 - piece of felt on, and cover that again with a fresh moss thatching, or even with one of straw. These roofs are very useful, but not half so pretty as a mere rustic shade ; and if your garden is very near the house, I think it is a pity to spoil the
Page 29 - perhaps a Virginian-Creeper, which grows very quickly and has red leaves in autumn which hang on amidst the Ivy for a long while sometimes. The Ivy itself does not always grow very fast. People seem to fancy that it will grow anywhere and does not want any
Page 28 - are mere summer pleasures, and in summer we want shade chiefly. In full view of the house, at any rate, you do not want a summer-house; so unless you are far away I am an advocate of the trellis plan, which is done
Page 27 - it should never be used where it can brush against people, as it stains their clothes. If you want, however, to preserve your string, and keep your house in repair, you will paint over the cord you use with a little dark
Page 29 - would do well here, too, or a little Holly very well indeed, and then you would have at Christmas Holly and Ivy of your own peculiar growth. You ought to plant some evergreens if you mean to have a garden full of
Page 26 - Now and then there happen to be four trees growing in proper places, such as we can use ; then the only thing would be to cut the tops and branches off; but this, I think, seldom happens except in desert islands!
Page 28 - order. Nothing hardly is prettier than a crossed fence here again—a row of long sticks leaning one way, and another row going the other, on three of the sides of the six-sided bower. The interstices can be as large or as
Page 27 - board ship, you may weave in the rest. Tarred cord, I must remind you, is not to be much used; it is useful in gardens because a ring of it round a tree keeps hares and insects away; but in a
Page 30 - cover all the frame-work in about half the time it takes when left alone. Have you ever noticed the pink China Roses growing amidst dark Ivy and peeping out here and there ? Even in the winter they will often look so

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