The English Flower Garden and Home Grounds: Design and Arrangement Shown by Existing Examples of Gardens in Great Britain and Ireland, Followed by a Description of the Plants, Shrubs and Trees for the Open-air Garden and Their Culture

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J. Murray, 1900 - Floriculture - 892 pages
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Page 243 - Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed The winge'd seeds, where they lie cold and low, Each like a corpse within its grave, until Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air) With living hues and odours plain and hill: Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; Destroyer and Preserver; Hear, oh hear!
Page 243 - THE warm sun is failing, the bleak wind is wailing, The bare boughs are sighing, the pale flowers are dying, And the year On the earth her death-bed, in a shroud of leaves dead, Is lying. Come, months, come away, From November to May, In your saddest array ; Follow the bier Of the dead cold year, And like dim shadows watch by her sepulchre. The chill rain is falling, the...
Page 396 - A garden is a beautiful book, writ by the finger of God ; every flower and every leaf is a letter. You have only to learn them — and he is a poor dunce that cannot, if he will, do that — to learn them and join them, and then to go on reading and reading, and you will find yourself carried away from the earth to the skies by the beautiful story you are going through.
Page 521 - I should have mentioned that we have the celebrated engineer, Stevenson, along with us. I delight in these professional men of talent ; they always give you some new lights by the peculiarity of their habits and studies, so different from the people who are rounded, and smoothed, and ground...
Page 738 - ... heart-like segments. The edging should resemble a bright gold lace. bold, clear, and distinct, and so nearly of the same colour as the eye and stripes as scarcely to be distinguished In short, the Polyanthus should possess a graceful elegance of form, a richness of colouring, and symmetry of parts not to be found united in any other flower.
Page 335 - Through every fibre of my brain, Through every nerve, through every vein, I feel the electric thrill, the touch Of life, that seems almost too much. I hear the wind among the trees Playing celestial symphonies; I see the branches downward bent, Like keys of some great instrument.
Page 196 - Another thing also much too commonly seen is an aberration of the human mind, which otherwise I should have been ashamed to warn you of. It is technically called carpet-gardening. Need I explain it further? I had rather not, for when I think of it even when I am quite alone I blush with shame at the thought.

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