The Ladies' Flower-garden of Ornamental Greenhouse Plants

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William Smith, 1848 - Floriculture - 215 pages
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Page 154 - They are found in the driest situations, where not a blade of grass nor a particle of moss can grow, on naked rocks, old walls, sandy hot plains, alternately exposed to the heaviest dews of night and the fiercest rays of the noon-day sun. Soil is to them a something to keep them stationary, rather than a source of nutriment, which in these plants is conveyed by myriads of mouths, invisible to the naked eye, but covering all their surface, to the juicy beds of cellular tissue which lie beneath them.
Page 54 - Chrysanthemums so rooted will flower the winter rtf the same year. To facilitate the rooting of all layers, whether ligneous or herbaceous, a notch or slit is made in that part of the shoot which is buried in the soil ; or it is twisted, and a portion of the bark taken off, or it is in some other way wounded, bruised, or injured, so as to check the return of the sap by the bark, when the sap accumulating at the upper lip of the wound forms a callosity there of granulated matter, from which roots...
Page 44 - This plant, the cha-whaw, is the camellia sesanqua of the botanists, and yields a nut, from whence is expressed an esculent oil equal to the best which comes from Florence. It is cultivated on this account in vast abundance; and is particularly valuable from the facility of its culture, in situations fit for little else.
Page 18 - It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, whence it was imported by the Dutch, among the earliest productions of their South African colony.
Page 22 - 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 166 - Stamens equal in number to the lobes of the corolla, and alternate with them. Ovary simple, 2-celled ; ovules solitary, erect ; style simple ; stigmas 2.
Page 84 - E in spring. The soft newly formed parts of the plant should be used for this purpose, as they are found to strike root more readily than older wood ; they should be inserted in sand and covered with a bell-glass. A little artificial heat will be found useful if the cuttings are put in in the early part of the spring, but if in summer this will be unnecessary. They will root in a few days, and should then be potted in peat soil mixed with a little sand.
Page 166 - Fruit indéhiscent, 1 - or more celled, either dry, fleshy, or succulent, crowned by the persistent lobes of the calyx. Seeds either solitary and pendulous, or numerous and attached to the axis ; testa often bony ; embryo straight, in fleshy albumen ; radicle next the hilum.
Page 176 - Flowers (called florets) unisexual or hermaphrodite, collected in dense heads upon a common receptacle, surrounded by an involucre. Bracts either present or absent ; when present, stationed at the base of the florets, and called paleee of the receptacle.
Page 45 - Camellias, which the Chinese call by the same name ; not distinguishing it (any more than some able European botanists) generically from Thea. Some time after, one reached the harbour of Gottenburg in good health : but, the evening before landing, the captain set the plant on the table of his cabin, where it was eaten by rats. At length...

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