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

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Orr and Smith, 1836 - Botany
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Periodical devoted to the illustration in colour of new and uncommon plants grown in British gardens; although primarily horticultural in appeal, it contains the first descriptions of many new species.
 

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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 handyworks...
Page 192 - Surprised at such an uncommon appearance, he resolved to examine it with attention ; and, to be assured it was no deception of the eye, he placed a man near him, with orders to make a signal at the moment when he observed the light. They both saw it constantly at the same moment. The light was most brilliant on marigolds of an orange or flame colour ; but scarcely visible on pale ones. The flash was...
Page 220 - Where the water is not at hand, so that it may be easily carried or wheeled by men, a horse with a water-barrel on wheels should be used. As soon as the plant has been put into its place the earth should be filled in, leaving a sufficient hollow round the stem, and as far as the roots extend, to hold water, which should then be poured...
Page 192 - The light was most brilliant on marigolds of an orange or flame colour ; but scarcely visible on pale ones. The flash was frequently seen on the same flower two or three times in quick succession ; but more commonly at intervals of several minutes ; and when several flowers in the same place emitted their light together, it could be observed at a considerable distance. This phenomenon was remarked in the months of July and August at sun-set, and for half an hour, when the atmosphere was clear; but...
Page 183 - It is also as useful as it is beautiful ; and among its uses I would include the very thing of which I am now speaking, for I have no idea that the forms and colours in nature please the eye by a sort of chance. If I admire the ivy clinging to and surmounting some time-worn tower, and the various tints that diversify the parts of the ruin not hidden by it, I can only refer the pleasure I experience to the natural construction of the human mind, which the Almighty has formed to feel a pleasure in...
Page 212 - Hill, for instance. In this case, suppose the wind to change suddenly to the east, the great body of smoke will be brought back in an accumulated mass ; and as this repasses the city, augmented by the clouds of smoke from every fire therein, it causes the murky darkness alluded to.
Page 10 - Hyacinth should be strong, tall, and erect, supporting numerous large bells, each suspended by a short and strong peduncle, or foot-stalk, in a horizontal position, so that the whole may have a compact pyramidal form, with the crown, or uppermost bell, perfectly erect. The bells should be large and...
Page 192 - August at sun-set, and for half an hour when the atmosphere was clear ; but after a rainy day, or when the air was loaded with vapours, nothing of it was seen. The following flowers emitted flashes more or less vivid, in this order: — 1. The Marigold, 2.
Page 212 - This extraordinary appearance is, however, caused by a very ordinary accident, viz. a change of winds, and which may be accounted for as follows : the west wind carries the smoke of the city to the eastward, in a long train, extending to the distance of twenty or thirty miles, as may be seen in a clear day by any person on an eminence five or six miles from the city, and looking across the directions of the wind, say at Harrow-on-the-Hill for instance.
Page 170 - XLI. the trials that have been made, of the proper mode of managing it, both by Mr. Gower and the Rev. John Coleman, by whom it was given to the former gentleman, it would appear that it succeeds best when treated as a hardy plant, and turned out into a peat border; for in such a situation it has now been two years in Mr. Gower's garden, and the plants continue to look very healthy, with a profusion of blossoms forming for next year.

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