The Ladies' Flower-garden of Ornamental Perennials, Volume 1

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W. Smith, 1843 - Floriculture
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Page 94 - ... off about half an inch of the surface of the old mould, round about the plants, above their fibres, cleaning them and cutting off the decayed points of their leaves, the ball is to be carefully placed in the centre of the pot, and the space between it and the sides filled up with the prepared compost. " It is very necessary to be attentive in placing the plants, that they be neither planted deeper nor shallower than they were before ; the compost should therefore be high enough to replace the...
Page 170 - 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...
Page 94 - ... kept too dry ; nor should the compost come nearer than within an inch of the top or rim of the pot, after it has been gently shaken, or struck against the ground on finishing, as an inconvenience will attend its being too full, when the operation of laying comes to be performed, which requires some additional mould on the surface, for the layers to strike into.
Page 33 - It will grow either in open or 1078sheltered situations, but does not thrive under the shade of trees. The species is readily propagated by seeds, which should be sown, as soon as they are separated from the pulp of the fruit, in pots of light, rich, sandy soil, or heath mould, and then placed in the shade, where they can be protected from the frost and the sun. Plants raised from seed do not generally flower till 5 or 6 years old.
Page 179 - The fruit is a three-celled capsule, containing many seeds. This plant is a native of Italy and other parts of the south of Europe, where it is also cultivated.
Page 81 - The seed should be sown in March ;and when the young plants are two or three inches high, they should be put out in nursery rows ; but propagating by slips or cuttings is best, especially for continuing varieties, of which there are three or four.
Page 159 - Mendoçino to Puget's Sound, where it binds together the loose sand with its tough branching roots. It is used by the natives of the river Columbia as winter food; for this purpose it is prepared by drawing the roots through the fire until all their moisture is dissipated ; when they are tied up in small bundles, and will keep for several months. For eating, the roots are roasted in the embers, when they become farinaceous. The vernacular name of the plant is Somuuchtan. It is the liquorice spoken...
Page 170 - ... longitudinally. Disk either hypogynous or perigynous, sometimes nearly obsolete, sometimes annular and notched, rarely consisting of 5 scales. Ovarium adhering to the calyx or distinct from it, usually consisting of 2 parts, cohering more or less by their face, but distinct at the apex ; sometimes 2-celled with a central placenta; sometimes 'l-celled with parietal placenta; ; rarely 4- or 5-celled.
Page 94 - ... plants grow and flower together in a large pot, they appear to more advantage. This being done, give the plants a little water, and observe that the earth comes no higher up their stems than it did in the former pots, nor should the compost come nearer than within an inch of the top of the rim, after it has been gently shaken or struck against the ground in finishing ; as an inconvenience will attend its being too full, when the operation of laying, comes to be performed, which requires some...
Page 106 - ... heat of the sun, so as to become withered, the plant will die off suddenly. It is also very easily killed by the collar being exposed to stagnant moisture. When grown in pots, it should be frequently shifted, always into pots only a little larger than the previous ones, so as to make the plant bushy. It varies very much according to the soil and situation in which it is grown ; and if kept through the winter in a greenhouse, it will become partially woody, like the mignionette. There are many...

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