The Florist's Guide: Containing Practical Directions for the Cultivation of Annual, Biennial, and Perennial Flowering Plants, of Different Classes, Herbaceous and Shrubby, Bulbous, Fibrous, and Tuberous-rooted; Including the Double Dahlia, Green-house Plants, &c
W. Mitchell, 1835 - 120 pages
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Page 88 - Farewell, a long farewell, to all my greatness ! This is the state of man ; to-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope, to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick upon him : The third day comes a frost, a killing frost ; And,— when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a ripening, — nips his root, And then he falls, as I do.
Page 86 - DUKE'S PALACE. [Enter DUKE, CURIO, LORDS; MUSICIANS attending.] DUKE. If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die.— That strain again;— it had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour.— Enough; no more; 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
Page 87 - Awake : the morning shines, and the fresh field Calls us ; we lose the prime, to mark how spring Our tended plants, how blows the citron grove. What drops the myrrh, and what the balmy reed, How Nature paints her colours, how the bee Sits on the bloom, extracting liquid sweet.
Page 92 - ... spring. The weeds of mourning would be a manifest indecorum, when nature holds an universal festival. She would now inspire none but delightful ideas, and therefore always makes her appearance in some amiable suit. Here stands a warrior clad with crimson ; there sits a magistrate robed in scarlet ; and yonder struts a pretty fellow, that seems to have dipped his plumes in the rainbow, and glitters in all the gay colours of that resplendent arch.
Page 39 - Its tinges are so glowing, its contrasts so strong, and the arrangement of them both so elegant and artful, that it may, with propriety, be denominated the reigning beauty of the garden, in its season. The Hyacinth is also an estimable flower for its blooming complexion, as well as for its most agreeable perfume and variety.
Page 90 - One cannot forbear reflection in this place, on the too prevailing humour of being fond and ostentatious of dress. What an abject and mistaken ambition is this ! How unworthy the dignity of man, and the wisdom of rational beings ! Especially since these little productions of the earth have indisputably the pre-eminence in such outward embellishments.
Page 88 - Many of the lowlier plants exhibit their yellow and purple colours, and the buds of lilies, and other perennial plants, prepare to show themselves. If we turn our attention to the orchard, we behold the apricots, nectarines, and peaches, lead the way in blossoming, which are followed by the cherry and the plum. These form a most agreeable spectacle, as well on account of their beauty as of the promise they give of future benefits. It is, however, an anxious time for the possessor, as the fairest...
Page 7 - THESE Violets to my fair I bring, The purple progeny of Spring ; Nor thou, dear Girl, the gift refuse, Love's earliest tribute to the muse. Whate'er has beauty, worth, or power, Or grace, or lustre, is a flower. Wit is a flower, and bards prepare The flowers of Fancy for the fair. In flower of Youth, the Loves appear, Leading in flowery youth the year; And Beauty's flowery fetters bind, In sweet captivity the mind.
Page 85 - For thee, sweet month, the groves green liv'ries wear, If not the first, the fairest of the year ; For thee the Graces lead the dancing hours, And nature's ready pencil paints the flowers. The sprightly May commands our youth to keep The vigils of her night, and breaks their sleep ; Each gentle breast with kindly warmth she moves, Inspires new flames, revives extinguish'd loves.
Page 75 - Hyacinths and other bulbs intended for glasses, should be placed in them about the middle of November, the glasses being previously filled with pure water, so that the bottom of the bulb may just touch the water ; then place them for the first ten days in a dark room to promote the shooting of the roots ; after which expose them to the light and sun as much as possible.