Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, Volume 1

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Sir Joseph Paxton
Orr and Smith, 1834 - Botany
 

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Page iii - GOD ALMIGHTY first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man ; without which buildings and palaces are but gross...
Page 165 - 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 the plant.
Page 213 - ... radiated ones, as the Daisy, Sun-flower, Marigold, &c. In their forms Nature seems to have delighted to imitate the radiant luminary to which they are apparently dedicated, and in the absence of whose beams many of them do not expand their blossoms at all. The stately Annual Sun-flower, Helianthus annuus, displays this phenomenon more conspicuously on account of its size, but many of the tribe have greater sensibility to light. Its stem is compressed in some degree, to facilitate the movement...
Page 164 - Scarcely any painter's art can so happily imitate the beauty of a fine female complexion, still less could any artificial colour upon the face itself bear a comparison with this lovely blossom.
Page 248 - As to the soil of the olive-tree, we may conclude, from several passages in Scripture, that it grew naturally in Syria; but particularly near Jerusalem, if we may judge by the Mount of Olives, so often mentioned in the New Testament. It was first planted in Italy in the thirteenth year of the reign of Servius Tullius, the sixth king of Rome; and...
Page 186 - Yellow. Of short stiff growth, and early flowering, and but little merit. 8. Small Flat Yellow; Small Yellow, Hort. Trans, v. 5. tab. 17. and v. 5. p. 422. Of shortish growth, and with pure yellow and expanded early flowers, the shape and size of the three subsequent varieties, of which it is presumed to be the origin, as yellow is the most predominant colour in these plants. Their forms are very neat and regular. 9. The Buff, or Copper, Hort. Trans, v. 5. p. 420. Also called the Orange, or But}'.
Page 62 - Sundew (Drosera), the leaves of which, near the root, are covered with bristles bedewed with a sticky juice. If a fly settles on the upper surface of the leaf, it is at first detained by this clammy liquid, and then the leaf closes, and holds it fast till it dieS.
Page 161 - It is in the style of script usual at about the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries, and is apparently by the same hand as another MS. of the Magic of Picatrix* also in the
Page 34 - ... the contrary, a decrease of warmth at that time checks their growth, and in that case causes them to fall. It is astonishing how very easily the flower-buds, when nearly ready to expand, are acted upon by either heat or cold ; the variation of only a few degrees will considerably affect them at this time, particularly if it be in the winter season. In the spring so much care is not required, as in general each succeeding day is a little warmer than its predecessor, but in the winter months, when...
Page 41 - Actinocarpus, &c., generally do well in a mixture of peat and loam, and require to be constantly kept in a wet state ; indeed the best way is to place the pot in a deep pan or feeder, which should always be kept filled with water.

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