The Florist's Guide: Containing Practical Directions for the Cultivation of Flowering Plants of Different Classes, Inclufing the Double Dahlia, Green-house Plants, Etx


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Seite 86 - 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.
Seite 85 - 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.
Seite 84 - 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.
Seite 83 - 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.
Seite 89 - I would term it the fine gentlemen of the garden, because it seems to have learned the singular address of uniting simplicity with refinement, of reconciling art and ease. The same month has the. merit of producing the ranunculus. All bold and graceful, it expands the riches of its foliage, and acquires by degrees the loveliest enamel in the world. As persons of intrinsic worth disdain the superficial arts of recommendation practised by fops, so this lordly flower scorns to borrow any of its excellence...
Seite 37 - 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.
Seite 89 - It needs no such attractions to render it the darling of the curious, being sufficiently engaging from the elegance of its figure, the radiant variety of its tinges, and a certain superior dignity of aspect.
Seite 86 - 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...
Seite 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.
Seite 86 - How delightful is this fragrance ! It is distributed in the nicest proportion; neither so strong as to oppress the organs, nor so faint as to elude them. We are soon cloyed at a sumptuous banquet; but this pleasure never loses its poignancy, never palls the appetite. Here luxury itself is innocent; or rather, in this case, indulgence is incapable of excess. This balmy entertainment not only regales the sense, but cheers the very soul; and, instead of clogging, elates its powers.

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