The Parks, Promenades, & Gardens of Paris: Described and Considered in Relation to the Wants of Our Own Cities, and the Public and Private Gardens

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J. Murray., 1869 - Gardening - 644 pages

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Page 471 - And thus he bore without abuse The grand old name of gentleman, Defamed by every charlatan, And soiled with all ignoble use.
Page 240 - We cannot all have our gardens now, nor our pleasant fields to meditate in at eventide. Then the function of our architecture is, as far as may be, to replace these ; to tell us about nature ; to possess us with memories of her quietness ; to be solemn and full of tenderness...
Page 23 - 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...
Page 240 - We are forced, for the sake of accumulating our power and knowledge, to live in cities: but such advantage as we have in association with each other is in great part counterbalanced by our loss of fellowship with nature. We cannot all have our gardens now, nor our pleasant fields to meditate in at eventide. Then the function of our architecture is, as far as may be, to replace these; to tell us about nature...
Page xvii - ... acquaintance which are of most worth. And let his travel appear rather in his discourse than in his apparel or gesture ; and in his discourse, let him be rather advised in his answers than forward to tell stories : and let it appear that he doth not change his country manners for those of foreign parts ; but only prick in some flowers of that he hath learned abroad, into the customs of his own country.
Page 514 - ... but in this case the manure must be removed when the Asparagus begins to shoot. When the shoots are about three inches out of the ground they may be cut. The mats must be taken off in the daytime, but the heat must be well kept up or the roots and buds will fail to push. The beds are forced every second year only. The gathering of the Asparagus may continue for about two months, but no longer, or the plantation would be injured. When the gathering of the Asparagus...
Page 514 - Asparagus is forced for the markets, and in incredible quantities. The houses are heated by hot water, and the culture in other respects resembles that which is practised in forcing gardens in England — that is, when the plants are taken up to be forced indoors or in pits. The disturbance weakens the roots a good deal, and by this method the large table Asparagus is never forced. M. Caucannier and other growers produce it specially in a small state for cookery.
Page 183 - Nature in puris naluralibus we cannot have in our gardens, but Nature's laws should not be violated, and few human beings have contravened them more than our flower gardeners during the past twenty years. We must compose from Nature, as the best landscape artists do, not imitate her basely. We may have all the shade, the relief, the grace, and the beauty, and nearly all the irregularity of Nature...
Page xix - I will say, get health. No labor, pains, temperance, poverty, nor exercise, that can gain it, must be grudged. For sickness is a cannibal which eats up all the life and youth it can lay hold of, and absorbs its own sons and daughters.
Page 505 - That is an error very prejudicial to the consumer's interests. In the green Asparagus there is only the point edible : in the white it is often entirely so, and, moreover, it is infinitely more tender and delicate. All Asparagus cut when it is green is not fit to be eaten in the ordinary way, but may be used cut up small as an accompaniment to other dishes. To serve up green Asparagus is to dishonour the table ! In the markets of Paris the green Asparagus is worth one franc a bunch when the blanched...

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