The Window Gardener

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Hurd and Houghton, 1876 - House plants - 163 pages
 

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Page 89 - Bring flowers to the shrine where we kneel in prayer, They are nature's offering, their place is there ! They speak of hope to the fainting heart, With a voice of promise they come and part, They sleep in dust through the wintry hours, They break forth in glory — bring flowers, bright flowers ! THE CRUSADER'S RETURN. ALAS ! the mother that him bare, If she had been in presence there, In his wan cheeks and sunburnt hair, She had not known her child.
Page 77 - Bizarres have that color predominating over the purple or crimson ; but the Pink or Crimson Bizarres have more of these colors than the Scarlet. Scarlet Flakes are simple white grounds, with distinct stripes or ribbons of scarlet. Rose and Purple Flakes have these two colors upon a white ground. Picotees are divided into seven classes : 1. Red, heavyedged ; 2. Red, light-edged ; 3. Rose, heavy-edged ; 4. Rose, light-edged ; 5. Purple, heavy-edged ; 6. Purple, light-edged ; 7. Yellow ground, without...
Page 67 - All Eden bright, With these her holy offspring, Creations of the light ; As though some gentle angel, Commissioned love to bear, Had wandered o'er the greensward, And left her foot-prints there." Before going farther, mark the fact in any flowers which you gather, that the petals of the corolla are not opposite the sepals of the calyx, but alternate with them. Now take our old friend the buttercup : you find its petals perfectly simple — Fig.
Page 15 - One thing I warn thee : bow no knee to gold ; Less innocent it makes the guileless tongue, It turns the feelings prematurely old ; And they who keep their best affections young, Best love the Beautiful ! WATEBLOO.
Page 55 - The qualities of a first-class verbena, as laid down by florists, are : roundness of flower, without indenture, notch, or serrature ; petals thick, flat, bright and smooth ; the plant should be compact, with short, strong joints, either distinctly of a shrubby habit, or a close, ground creeper or climber ; the trusses of bloom, compact, standing out from the foliage, the flowers meeting, but not crowding each other; the foliage should be short, broad, bright, and enough to hide the stalk ; in the...
Page 77 - Scarlet Bizarres. 2. Pink or Crimson Bizarres. 3. Scarlet Flakes. 4. Rose Flakes. 5. Purple Flakes. Bizarre is a French word, meaning odd or irregular ; the flowers in these classes have three colours, which are irregularly placed on each petal. Scarlet Bizarres have that colour predominating over the purple or crimson, but the Pink or Crimson Bizarres have more of these colours than the scarlet.
Page 83 - When sufficiently rooted, pot them off into five-inch pots, a pair in each ; or, if your space is limited, and the layers small, three may be put into each pot. After they are...
Page 90 - Bright gems of earth in which perchance we see, What Eden was. what Paradise may be," And said in their silent heart language, bring flowers: "They speak of hope to the fainting heart. With a voice of promise they come and part; They sleep in dust through the winter hours, They break forth in glory! Bring flowers, bright flowers.
Page 83 - When the shoots round each plant have made five or six joints, or pairs of leaves, choose a dull, cloudy day on which to perform the work, or if the plants are in pots, under an elevated awning, they may be layered in any weather. Commence by trimming off the leaves from the bottom of a shoot, leaving the two uppermost on and entire. Trim off the lower leaves on every shoot before layering one, because when a layer is tongued it is easily broken off. When this is done, take hold of the shoot, turn...
Page 77 - French, meaning odd or irregular. The flowers in these classes have three colors, which are irregularly placed on each petal. Scarlet Bizarres have that color predominating over the purple or crimson ; but the Pink or Crimson Bizarres have more of these colors than the Scarlet. Scarlet Flakes are simple white grounds, with distinct stripes or ribbons of scarlet. Rose and Purple Flakes have these two colors upon a white ground. Picotees are divided into seven classes : 1. Red, heavyedged; 2.

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