Flowers And Gardens; Notes On Plant Beauty by Forbes WatsonFlowers And Gardens; Notes On Plant Beauty by Forbes Watson

Flowers And Gardens; Notes On Plant Beauty

byForbes Watson

Paperback | January 16, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II On Gardeners' Flowers ITHINK that the question left from last chapter will be most advantageously treated in a somewhat more extended form. So we will now inquire into the mischief which is done to taste by a too exclusive attention to highly cultivated plants. A flower in its natural state, as for instance the Primrose or Buttercup, will generally consist of the following elements: an outer ring, green and leaf-like, which is called the calyx, and an inner ring, usually coloured, the corolla. These are but the floral envelopes, and either of them may be modified in all manner of ways,--being coloured, colourless (which in botanical language means green), or altogether wanting. Within them lies the true flower, composed of the thread-like, pin-headed stamens, and the central organs, or pistils, which afterwards ripen into fruit. Now each of these parts, stamen, pistil, or petal, essentially is nothing but an altered form of leaf, a leaf as it were half nourished. And under favourable circumstances, with an increased supply of food, their forms can readily be changed, The stamens and pistils become petals, the petals themselves increase in size and number, and we have what is called a double flower. And the cultivator usually considers a flower most perfect when he has succeeded in making it double, of extraordinary size, and of what he regards as the most perfect shape and colour. At least, he then has done his utmost, and the worth of the product is determined too much by the labour and skill which it has cost. But gains of this sort cannot possibly be unattended with loss. Let us take, for instance, the double garden Roses, and although they are mostly derived from handsomer foreign species, it will be enough for our purpose to compare them with the common ...
Title:Flowers And Gardens; Notes On Plant BeautyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217476309

ISBN - 13:9780217476300