Notes and thoughts on gardens and woodlands

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byFrances Jane Hope

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A PLEA FOR WILD PLANTS. No. I.1 There is a prejudice against the Umbellifera, they are poisonous, (witness ^Ethusa, Hemlock, &c). They are merely culinary plants (Angelica, Celery, Fennel, Carrot, Parsnip, Parsley, &c); they are a difficult tribe to know. If you ask the young student for a name, you are put off with "it is one of the Umbelliferae," and the veteran shelters himself with the excuse that his botany has got rusty, or that the plant is "not in a fit state to name." I am convinced that a thorough acquaintance with this class of plants, acquired when the memory is retentive of knowledge, would make all plants with conspicuous flowers quite easy to the young botanist, and be a good preparation for the study of the Grasses--a class sadly overlooked. It is such an advantage to master one confusing family at the beginning, and not to put off all difficulties to the end. There is, perhaps, no tribe of herbaceous plants 1 Gardener''s Chronicle, April 25, 1874. that supplies us with such a variety of foliage for so many months in the year. In January we find the fresh young leaves of Chcerophyllum sylvestre (Cow Parsley), months before any Fern unrolls its young fronds, and when, with the exception of that persistent flower, Chickweed, there is positively nothing in flower. Soon the little DraBa verna (Whitlow Grass) bristles on the tops of walls; Mercurialis perennis (Dog''s Mercury) and Lamium purpureum (Red Dead-Nettie), with its tops of soft purple bloom, give interest to the hedgebottoms, but the Chcerophyllum is first. It is no small recommendation that this class of plants affects the outskirts of towns, waste places, and rubbishy corners, unpromising ground for the collector; or is found under trees where, with the exception of a carpet of Word...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A PLEA FOR WILD PLANTS. No. I.1 There is a prejudice against the Umbellifera, they are poisonous, (witness ^Ethusa, Hemlock,...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217735851

ISBN - 13:9780217735858

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