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The Gardener's Monthly and Horticulturist, Vol. 19 free pdf Excerpt from The Gardener's Monthly and Horticulturist, Vol. 19: Devoted to Horticulture, Arboriculture and Rural Affairs One passes pretty much through the entire scale of pomology - from the orange, which ruined Atalanta, to the apple that ruined Mother Eve. Nevertheless, science seemingly generalizes proceedings and helps nature propagate her products from one zone to the other. Hence, I find the gardens ornamented pretty much all over with the same plants and on the same artistic plan. I have started from Nice, the city of flowers- have passed through Lyons, Dijon, Paris, and reached Havre, and have found everywhere throughout France a kind of comparatively recent garden decoration, called Mosaic-culture. The word is new and known only by specialists and amateurs. It might, however, be universally adopted, because it tells at once its meaning, expressing as it does an artistical disposition of plants, leaves and flowers, of such shades as will form masses, beds, wreaths - in fact, all sorts of designs, which are truly vegetable mosaics. I have seen the most charming specimens, and I will bring here a few of them to mind. "In Lyons, the place where art, closely allied with industry, creates tissues which are the admiration of the world, horticulture stands in high honor- and possibly the delicate taste for it enters far more than we think into the inspiration of the workingman - artist. Public and private gardens are numerous, rich and well-kept. The Parc de la Tete d'Or for, instance, with its magnificent shade-trees, its vast lawns, its elegant greenhouses, showing not only a natural love for flowers, but also profound notions of the horticultural art and science. In this noble park have I found the best compositions of vegetable mosaic. Long and wide beds (platebandes) and immense massed groups present a great variety of brilliant and select effects. The divers varieties of Alternanthera and Teilanthera- of the various Coleus, of Achyranthus, of Amaranthus niclancholicus ruber, etc- the Mesembryanthemum tricolor, the Sedum carneum, the fine Centaurea candidissima, the Gnaphalium lana-lum, the golden-leaved Matricaria, etc., are planted so as to form initials or words, or to represent richly shaded elegant ribbons, or complicated arabesque figures, or pretty designs of marquelerie, etc. "Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, - where, almost as soon as you get into it, there rises to your palate the flavor of those fine wines, which delight the French as well the inhabitants of this globe, - Dijon also aspires to a high degree of floriculture. In the ornamental part of its botanical garden I saw also very successful mosaic. There I have seen and afterward also found in Paris - but what don't you find in Paris of anything fine that has been produced anywhere in the world? - a happy use in mosaic compositions and in borders of 'Alyssum maritimum fol. variegates- a charming plant, compact, low, almost a creeper, resembling somewhat Sedum carneum, but apparently more robust and vigorous. "Paris has wiped out the traces of vandalism and has got a new set of jewels in her gardens. She still, and more than ever, is the capital of the kingdom of flora, just the same as she is the capital of France and of civilization. Her Pare Monceaux is the richest floral gem in the world. The plan in both its ensemble and its details is admirable, and it is excellently kept up. From the mosaic composition in it I quote: "'A mass of Pelargonium zonale with white spotted leaves mixed with Perilla nankinensis, with Lobelia erinus - charming effect. "'An oval formed of ribbons of Coleus of well-contrasted shades, bordered with an edge of Lobelia erinus, Crystal Palace. "'A mass of Pel. zonale folus sanguineis mixed with Centaurea candidissima, edged all round with Lobelia erinus and Alternanthera. "'A mass very much shaped like a cupola (bombe) dominated over by a strong growing Agave atrovi

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Author : Thomas Meehan
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330330307
EAN : 9781330330302
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 398 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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