Bulbs: A Treatise on Hardy and Tender Bulbs and Tubers

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J. E. Tilton, 1866 - Bulbs - 306 pages

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Page 136 - ... at first horizontally extended, and then turning a little upwards so as to form a broad shallow cup, the interior part of which should contain a great number of long small petals, imbricating each other, and rather reverting from the centre of the blossom.
Page 223 - ... should cup a little, but not enough to show the under surface. They should be in regular rows, forming an outline of a perfect circle, without any vacancy between them, and all in the circle should be the same size, uniformly opened to the same shape, and not crumpled.
Page 133 - It is indispensable for a good ranunculus to have a stem about eight or twelve inches high, strong enough to support the flower, and quite upright. The form of the flower should be hemispherical, not less than two inches in diameter, consisting of numerous petals, gradually diminishing in size to the centre, lying over each other, so as neither to be too close nor too much separated, but having more of a perpendicular than a horizontal direction, in order to display the colours with better effect....
Page 182 - It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, and was introduced in 1795; it flowers from March to May, and must be but sparingly watered after the bloom is over.
Page 29 - ... different nature, are seldom injured. The bulbs should be planted at once in proper soil; if out of doors, in a well-drained bed; if in doors, in well-drained pots. Hardy bulbs may be planted as late as the ground keeps open. As a general rule, however, the bulbs should be planted in October, in order that the roots may make a good growth before the cold weather sets in. The mode of planting must vary according to various tastes; but generally the bulbs should be so grouped as to give the best...
Page 110 - ... 2. The three inner petals should set close to the three outer ones, and the whole should be broad enough to allow of the fullest expansion without quartering (as it is called), that is, exhibiting any vacancy between the petals. 3. The petals should be thick, smooth, and stiff, and keep their form well. 4. The ground should be clear, and distinct, whether white or yellow.
Page 84 - The flower stem should be very strong and upright, and no part of it should be seen from the lowest flowers to the top, in consequence of the closeness of the pips to each other. " The colours should be bright, clear, and dense, whatever the shade; and any better approach to scarlet, blue, or yellow, than those shades we now possess, would be highly esteemed; flowers with dark eyes, very clear outsides, and those with striped petals, would be held to be better than selfs in general, but would give...
Page 110 - ARE, 1. The cup should form, when quite expanded, from half to a third of a hollow ball. To do this, the petals must be six in number, broad at the ends, smooth at the edges ; and the divisions between the petals must scarcely show an indenture.
Page 32 - The bulb-bed may bo made more effective if gently sloped from the back to the front. There is often a difference of three weeks in the blooming of bulbs planted at the same time under a south and west window, the difference being in favor of the former. The bulbs having been planted, as soon as the ground begins to freeze at night the bed should be covered with three or four inches of coarse litter, which will prevent the earth from freezing very deep, and thus allow the roots to grow all winter....

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