Journal of a Horticultural Tour Through Some Parts of Flanders, Holland, and the North of France, in the Autumn of 1817

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Bell & Bradfute, 1823 - Botanical gardens - 575 pages
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Page 118 - Who calls the council, states the certain day ? Who forms the phalanx, and who points the way ? III.
Page 450 - Surprises, varies, and conceals the bounds. Consult the genius of the place in all ; That tells the waters or to rise or fall ; Or helps th...
Page 217 - Amazing race ! deprived of land and laws, A general language, and a public cause ; With a religion none can now obey, With a reproach that none can take away : A people still, whose common ties are gone ; Who, mix'd with every race, are lost in none.
Page 151 - I'VE often wish'd that I had clear For life, six hundred pounds a year, A handsome house to lodge a friend, A river at my garden's end, A terrace walk, and half a rood Of land, set out to plant a wood.
Page 259 - WHATEVER it was, whether nature or accident, and upon what occasion soever it arrived, the soil of the whole Province of Holland is generally flat, like the sea in a calm, and looks as if, after a long contention between land and water, which it should belong to, it had at length been divided between them...
Page 26 - ... is shaped into an oblong parterre, resembling a basket of flowers, and containing showy geraniums in pots, and gaudy flowers of a more hardy kind planted in the earth. Some things are in very bad taste. At every restingplace, some kind of conceit is provided for surprising the visitant : if he sit down, it is ten to one but the seat is so contrived as to sink under him ; if he enter the grotto, or approach the summerhouse, water is squirted from concealed or disguised fountains, and he does not...
Page 538 - Dodart first observed that trees pushed their branches in a direction parallel to the surface of the earth. If a tree stands on a steep, it pushes both towards the hill, and towards the declivity ; but on both sides it still preserves its branches parallel to the surface. As there is an attraction between the upper surface of leaves and light> I am also persuaded, though not equally certain of it from experiment, that there is an attraction of the same nature between the under surface of leaves and...
Page 192 - Towards the middle of the 17th century, the culture of these was more ardently pursued than at present. What has been called the Tulipomania then reigned ; but many ridiculous stories have been told of the extravagant prices paid for tulip roots ; for the mania did not, we believe . so much consist in giving large sums for established variegated tulips, as in a kind of betting, regarding the eventual superiority of promising seedling flowers, and in a ruinous competition for the possession of breeders...
Page 193 - ... the anxiety of the amateur florists to excel, frequently, in the midst of such temptations, became the means of involving them in bankruptcy. The greatest rarities were sometimes disposed of by a kind of raffle. At length, the interference of the Dutch government was thought necessary, to restrain this gambling spirit of the votaries of Flora. But those .days have passed away. There is certainly, at this time, no " sumptuary law limiting the price of tulip roots," nor is there any longer the...
Page 127 - In walking homeward with one of them, along a part of the Cingle, we came to a continued series of garden-houses, nearly a mile in extent ; these miniature villas being separated from each other only by wooden partitions, which are generally neatly painted. Mr Anderson mentioned, that around Rotterdam there are about eight hundred such villas, (tuinhuisjes or lust-hqfs).

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