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Seite 42 - As he grew up, he entered into a partnership with his brother James, " in a business that did not always require their presence together. They lived in great harmony, and reciprocally afforded to each other opportunities for their respective pursuits. Both, however, had a strong relish for horticulture and planting, and both had acquired a just conception of rural elegance.
Seite 57 - Westmorland, in 1764. 18. On a holly branch, which was at a druggist's in Bow Lane, Cheapside. 19. On a Virginia walnut tree, growing in our fields at Mill Hill. 20. On the oak (which is very rare), Mr. Knowlton has twice seen it. In August, 1765, three plants were found growing on the oak on the estate of White, Esq., at Watling Wells.
Seite 4 - August 30. I was at James Gordon's, gardener, at the last house on the left hand at Mile End ; there he showed me a pot of seedlings of the cactus, or great melon thistle, perhaps the first ever raised from seed : but what shows his great knowledge and experience in vegetation is his way of raising the finest dusty seeds ; before him, I never knew or heard of any man that could raise the dusty seeds of the kalmias, rhododendrons, or azaleas. These charming hardy shrubs...
Seite 59 - Green, all of Burgundy grapes, and seemingly all perfectly ripe. I did not see a green half-ripe grape in all this great quantity. He does not expect to make less than fourteen hogsheads of wine. The branches and fruit are remarkably large, and the vines very strong.
Seite 5 - ... after more than twenty years' trial, he showed me the loblolly bay of Carolina coming up from seed in a way not to be expected ; this elegant evergreen shrub is next in beauty to the magnolias : and his sagacity in raising all sorts of plants from cuttings, roots, and layers surpasses all others ; by which our gardens are enriched with an infinite variety, and for many years I have not been a little assistant to him in procuring seeds and plants from all countries.
Seite 5 - ... Gordon's, gardener, at the last house on the left hand at Mile End ; there he showed me a pot of seedlings of the cactus, or great melon thistle, perhaps the first ever raised from seed : but what shows his great knowledge and experience in vegetation is his way of raising the finest dusty seeds ; before him, I never knew or heard of any man that could raise the dusty seeds of the kalmias, rhododendrons, or azaleas. These charming hardy shrubs, that excel all others in his care, he furnishes...
Seite 15 - 1761, May 17. Invited by Mr. Sharp, of South Lodge, on Enfield Chase, to dine and see the Virginia dogwood ; the calyx of the flowers (wonderful to see) are flowers as large as figured by Catesby, and (what is strange) it is the only tree that has these flowers amongst many hundreds that I have seen, and it began to bear them in 1759.