Journal of a Horticultural Tour Through Some Parts of Flanders, Holland, and the North of France, in the Autumn of 1817

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Bell & Bradfute, 1823 - Botanical gardens - 575 pages
 

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Page 219 - Amazing race ! deprived of land and laws, A general language, and a public cause ; With a religion none can now obey, With a reproach that none can take away : A people still, whose common ties are gone ; Who, mix'd with every race, are lost in none.
Page 448 - Surprises, varies, and conceals the bounds. Consult the genius of the place in all ; That tells the waters or to rise or fall ; Or helps th...
Page 195 - ... flowers, and in a ruinous competition for the possession of breeders of high merit, from which fine seedlings might be expected. The early-flowering or spring tulips (such as Due van Thol), when they first came into vogue, and while they continued scarce, were frequently rated at ideal values ; and the anxiety of the amateur florists to excel, frequently, in the midst of such temptations, became the means of involving them in bankruptcy. The greatest rarities were sometimes disposed of by a kind...
Page 259 - WHATEVER it was, whether nature or accident, and upon what occasion soever it arrived, the soil of the whole Province of Holland is generally flat, like the sea in a calm, and looks as if, after a long contention between land and water, which it should belong to, it had at length been divided between them...
Page 151 - I'VE often wish'd that I had clear For life, six hundred pounds a year, A handsome house to lodge a friend, A river at my garden's end, A terrace walk, and half a rood Of land, set out to plant a wood.
Page 26 - ... so contrived as to sink under him ; if he enter the grotto, or approach the summerhouse, water is squirted from concealed or disguised fountains, and he does not find it easy to escape a wetting. The dial is provided with several gnomons, calculated to shew the corresponding hour at the chief capital cities of Europe ; and also with a lens, so placed, that, during sunshine, the priming of a small cannon falls under its focus just as the sun reaches the meridian, when of course the cannon is discharged.
Page 247 - ... ....Each alley has its brother, " And half the plat-form just reflects the other.
Page 534 - ... light, I am also persuaded, though not equally certain of it from experiment, that there is an attraction of the same nature between the under surface of leaves and the surface of the earth. This I consider the true cause of the phenomenon.
Page 194 - HyacintJis, of different colours, redsr whites and blues, it enumerates more than 800 ; and of single-flowered about half as many. — But we have already enlarged sufficiently on the subject of hyacinths, and shall now say something regarding Tulips. — Towards the middle of the 17th century, the culture of these was more ardently pursued than at present. What has been called the Tulipomania then reigned ; but many ridiculous stories have been told of the extravagant prices paid for tulip roots...
Page 195 - ... the anxiety of the amateur florists to excel, frequently, in the midst of such temptations, became the means of involving them in bankruptcy. The greatest rarities were sometimes disposed of by a kind of raffle. At length, the interference of the Dutch government was thought necessary, to restrain this gambling spirit of the votaries of Flora. But those .days have passed away. There is certainly, at this time, no " sumptuary law limiting the price of tulip roots," nor is there any longer the...

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