A floral guide for east Kent

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Page 44 - is confessedly the most picturesque tree in itself, and the most accommodating in composition. It refuses no subject, either in natural or in artificial landscape. It is suited to the grandest and may with propriety be introduced into the most pastoral. It adds new dignity to the ruined tower, and...
Page 41 - ... and sheep have for it, are merits which distinguish it as one of the most valuable of those grasses which affect moist rich soils and sheltered situations...
Page 87 - The flowers are highly fragrant, but when dried are of a narcotic scent : reduced to powder, thty excite sneezing. An extract prepared from the flowers, or from the roots, partakes of the bitterness as well as of the purgative properties of aloes. The dose from 20 to 30 grains. A beautiful and durable green colour may be prepared from the leaves by the assistance of lime.
Page 49 - It is a remarkable instance of the sleep of plants ; for every night the leaves approach in pairs, including within their upper surfaces the tender rudiments of the new shoots ; and the uppermost pair but one, at the end of the stalk, is furnished with longer leafstalks than the others, so that they can close upon the terminating pair, and protect the end of the branch.
Page 23 - Who can see, or hear the name of the daisy, the common field daisy, without a thousand pleasurable associations -' It is connected with the sports of childhood and with the pleasures of youth. We walk abroad to seek it ; yet it is the very emblem of home. It is a favourite with man, woman, and child : it is the robin of flowers.
Page 23 - Buchanan relates the destruction of the army of Sweno the Dane, when he invaded Scotland, by the berries of this plant, which were mixed with the drink with which the Scots had engaged to suppl) the Danes.
Page 33 - FRIENDSHIP has chosen for its device an ivy which clothes a fallen tree, with these words: " Rien ne pent m'en detacher." In Greece, the altar of Hymen was surrounded with ivy, a sprig of which was presented by the priest to a new-married spouse, as the symbol of an indissoluble knot. The Bacchantes, old Silenus, and Bacchus himself, were crowned with ivy.
Page 25 - This plant, but little regarded in happier climates, is made subservient to a great variety of purposes, in the bleak and barren Highlands of Scotland. The poorer inhabitants make walls for their cottages, with alternate layers of heath, and a kind of mortar made of black earth and straw, the woody roots of the heath being placed in the centre, the tops externally and internally.
Page 40 - They are held in high esteem by the Highlanders of Scotland, who chew them as our people do tobacco, and find that they prevent the uneasy sensation of hunger. They imagine that they promote expectoration, and are very efficacious in curing disorders of the lungs.
Page 33 - In its wild state, it is only found on dry, warm, chalky soils, where it is of great duration ; and it is chiefly in such districts that it is cultivated to advantage. Its peculiar value is, that it may be grown on soils unfit for being constantly under tillage, and which would yield little undergrass.

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