Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, Volume 2

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Sir Joseph Paxton
Orr and Smith, 1836 - 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...
Page 194 - 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 lie observed the light.
Page 222 - 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 214 - Harrow-on-the-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 194 - 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 194 - 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 12 - 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 223 - ... the best plan is to take an old birch broom, or any thing similar, and laying it down near the 'root pour the water upon it ; this breaks the fall of the water, and prevents the roots from being washed bare of such earth as may adhere to them ; in this way time is saved, for the water may be poured out in a full stream from a pail, a watering-pot, or even from a spout or pipe in the water-cart or barrel, when the situation is such that this can be brought up to the plant.
Page 185 - Old trees, whose trunks it surrounds, assume a great variety of aspect; and, indeed, it is a most important agent in forming the beauty and variety of rural landscape. 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...
Page 170 - From 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.

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