Gardening for Ladies: And Companion to the Flower-garden

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Wiley and Putnam, 1843 - Floriculture - 443 pages

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Page 266 - ... seen in even the best gardens. Rockwork should always be an independent feature. It rarely looks well when piled up against a wall or around the roots of a tree, or in any situation where it is overshadowed by trees; in short, where it does not form the prominent feature in the scene. It looks well near water and merging into it, or in an open airy garden, where it is surrounded by a gravel-walk ; but it does not look so well when rising from turf, without an adjoining walk, or when large shrubs...
Page 6 - Once shifting in spring will, indeed, be enough ; and if the roots are so large as to require a pot of inconvenient size (for the roots must have plenty of room), the bulb may be divided, and the strongest of the fibrous roots cut off without injuring the plant, or preventing it from flowering. AGARIC. — Fungi, of the mushroom kind, but generally poisonous. AGATRGSMA. — See DIOSMA, from which the plants composing the genus Agathosma have been separated. AGAVE'.
Page 196 - MesembryŠnthemum signifies mid-day flower ; and this name admirably expresses the habit of the plants, their flowers only expanding in the brightest sunshine. The English name of Fig Marigold alludes to the fruit, which is shaped like a fig, and which is eaten by the Hottentots ; and to the flower, which resembles that of a Marigold in shape, and sometimes in colour. There are two kinds of Mesembryanthemum which are called the Ice plant, M.
Page 66 - The larvae are flattish, fleshy grubs, tapering to the tail ; they nave six legs, and are very active. Some years lady-birds are much more numerous than in others ; but their numbers are always found to bear a proportion to those of the aphides on which they feed. In France and Germany, no peasant will kill them, because they are considered to be sacred to the Holy Virgin ; whence, no doubt, they have received the name of lady-bird.
Page 95 - Linnseus gave a very strange name ; liodecatheon signifying the twelve Roman divinities. The plant is a native of Virginia, and it is generally considered quite hardy ; but it is very difficult to keep. It should be grown in the open ground, in a sandy loam, in rather a shady situation, and kept moist. One reason of its being lost is, that if the roots are once suffered to become too dry, they wither, and when moisture is given they rot instead of reviving ; and another reason is, that as the stem...
Page 20 - ... by cuttings ; for though they produce abundance of seeds, yet the varieties can only be perpetuated with certainty by the former mode of propagation. The beautiful carnation-like variety will, indeed, very seldom produce striped flowers two years in succession from the same root ; and thus a person who has purchased a plant with beautifully striped flowers, will generally have the mortification, the second year, to find it produce...
Page 235 - ... height, holding the pot as high above his head as his arms will reach. The weight of the water coming down from such a height, consolidates the soil about the roots, and fixes them in such a manner, as to render the plant, if it has been carefully taken up, almost in the same state as it was in before removing. Large trees or shrubs, if planted in this manner in the autumn, and staked, where there is danger from high winds, will grow, and even flower and fruit, the following year, as well as...
Page 60 - The Rock Rose. Beautiful hardy and halfhardy shrubs, which grow freely in a mixture of loam and peat, and are readily increased by cuttings planted under a hand-glass, layers, or seeds, which are ripened in abundance. Most of the species are of low growth, and are generally used for rockwork ; but some are tall handsome shrubs, such as . the Gum Cistus (C.
Page 34 - B. sernildta is a most desirable species, forming a neat compact plant for a room, or greenhouse, and requiring plenty of light and air, but very little heat. It, and all the other species, will grow freely in sandy peat, well drained, and they may be propagated by layers or cuttings of the young wood in sand, under a bell-glass, taking care to wipe the glass frequently, so as to keep the cuttings free from damp.

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