The florist's guide, and cultivator's directory: containing coloured figures of the choicest flowers, cultivated by florists, including ranunculus, carnations, picotees, pinks, georginas, polyanthus, auriculas, hyacinths, and tulips, with their descriptions and an account of the most approved methods of culture by Robert Sweet

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James Ridgway, 1827
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Seite 85 - Bizarre," should have the "calix," after the "petals" unfold, whole and unburst, and the large external "guard-leaves" without crack or blemish; and be sufficiently double to form a kind of crown, in the centre, like "Davy's tower of Babel," and "James's Lord Craven;
Seite 71 - Tulip of the lateflowering kind, is, that " the stem should be strong, elastic, and erect, and about thirty inches above the surface of the bed. The flower should be large, and composed of six petals : these should proceed a little...
Seite 8 - Mr. Hogg recommends the following compost : " Three barrows full of loam, one and a half ditto of garden mould, ten ditto of horse-dung, one ditto of coarse sand, to be mixed and thrown together in a heap or ridge, and turned two or three times in the winter, particularly in frosty weather, that it may be well incorporated.
Seite 39 - I watered them freely with the pipe of the water' pot between the rows, when the pods were swelling ' and showing bloom ; for if the plants lack moisture ' at this stage of their growth, when the weather is ' generally hot and the ground dry, the flowers seem ' to languish, and never attain that degree of perfec' tion they would do if the beds were kept moist and
Seite 78 - Ranunculus roots will remain in the ground several days after planting, before they begin to vegetate ; during this period, they become very much swelled, by imbibing the moisture of the soil, and are in this state, extremely susceptible of injury from frost, much more so, than when vegetation has actually taken place. As soon as the bed is planted, if hard frosts are likely to ensue, a sufficient quantity of dry straw should be placed near it, ready for covering, when necessity requires...
Seite 14 - Auriculas, should consist of the following ingredients, in the annexed proportions, viz. One half, rotten cow-dung, two years old. One sixth, fresh sound earth, of an open texture. One eighth, earth of rotten leaves. One twelfth, coarse sea or river sand. One twelfth, moory earth.
Seite 62 - Then sow your seed as regularly as you possibly can, and cover it, as near as you can guess, with fine mould passed through a sieve to the thickness of a shilling : take a clothes or other soft brush and dip it into soft water, giving it a shake to throw off the heavy weight of the water, then either shake it over the seed, or draw your hand along the hair, and it will fall like a dew upon it ; repeat this till you perceive the compost to be well moistened. By watering in this manner you will not...
Seite 29 - When your choice tulips, appear above ground, if on examination any distemper, or canker, is discernable on the foliage, about this time, either above or a little below the surface of the soil, it should be carefully cut out, with a sharp knife, and the wounded part left exposed to the sun and air, which will presently heal it : a fine dry day should be made choice of for the foregoing operation. If the surface of the beds appear, to be of too close and solid a texture, it should be carefully stirred...
Seite 45 - ... strong gum water, will adhere firmly together, and answer the purpose completely. Small slips of wet bass may be substituted for those of bladder, and being tied with a single knot round the same part of the calyx, will answer the purpose. Others, place upon the calyx, thin pieces of card cut circular, of a proper size to suit the blossom, with a hole in the centre, adapted to the size of the pod, and cut quite through, from thence to the periphery, in order to admit the stem, after which, to...
Seite 62 - If great care be not taken in watering and shading at this late season, it is very great chance indeed but they are scorched and burnt up by the sun. Let your seed be sown early in January, at any rate not later than the first of February, in pots adapted to the size of your striking or bell glasses, no matter whether in 32 or 24-sized pots, which are to be filled one inch and a half deep at the bottom with broken oyster-shells, tiles, or small cinders, to ensure a good drainage ; then fill the pots...

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