Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and Improvements in Rural Affairs, Volume 19

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Charles Mason Hovey
Russell, Shattuck, 1853 - Botany

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Page 517 - GORGAS. American. Native of Philadelphia ; originated with Benjamin Gulliss from a stone of Morris White. Leaves serrate. Fruit large, roundish, with a slight prominence at the apex ; dull greenish white, clouded and blotched with red on the exposed side ; cavity wide, rather deep ; stone free ; flesh whitish, slightly stained at the stone, juicy; flavor saccharine and exceedingly luscious; quality
Page 253 - Some drill and bore The solid earth, and from the strata there Extract a register, by which we learn That he who made it, and reveal'd its date To Moses, was mistaken in its age.
Page 204 - Size, medium, about three inches long and two and a half in diameter ; Form, obtuse pyramidal...
Page 338 - ... forms of trees, and their endless variety of foliage and spray, have, from the earliest times, been favorite studies of the painter and the naturalist. Not only has each species certain distinguishing marks, but their specific characters are greatly modified in individual trees. The Psalmist compares a godly man to a tree that is planted by rivers of water, whose leaf shall not wither, — seeing in the stateliness and beauty of such a tree an emblem of the noble virtues of the human heart. Trees...
Page 513 - Boalsburg; and is represented as being a straggling grower, but the best early plum cultivated in that vicinity. An inch and a half long, by one and five-sixteenths broad; oval, purple ; stem five-eighths of an inch, by one-fourteenth ; flesh tender, juicy, adherent to the stone ; flavor luscious ; quality " very good," if not
Page 312 - ... comparative sense, and to render more clear the effects which we have to describe. It will be readily imagined that the cause — probably very complex — which produces these, cannot be classed with a force capable of direction and measurement, such as is understood by geometricians). These two forces, which act in contrary directions, and from the equilibrium of which results the fixity of the species, may be thus conceived : the first, or centripetal force, is the result of the law of resemblance...
Page 337 - ... with the fir. In autumn also, the yellow leaf of the elm mixes as kindly with the orange of the beech, the ochre of the oak, and many of the other fading hues of the wood. A species of this tree called the Wych Elm, is perhaps generally more picturesque than the common sort, as it hangs more negligently, though at the same time, with this negligence, it loses in a good degree that happy surface for catching masses of light which we admire in the common elm. We observe also, when we see this tree...
Page 535 - GLABER are conspicuous among the wild shrubbery ; and the wych-hazel, clad in a full drapery of yellow blossoms, stands ready with joyful hues to welcome the Indian summer. The Indian summer, which arrives during this third autumnal period, if it comes at all, is a brief period of warm weather that sometimes greets our climate in November, after the fall of the leaf, and not, as many suppose, in October. It is probably caused by the sudden check given to vegetable perspiration by the fall of the...
Page 527 - The two most interesting periods to one who is in the habit of associating some agreeable sentiment with the phases of nature, occur when the trees are putting forth their tender leaves and flowers in the opening of the year, and when they are assuming the variegated hues that precede the fall of the leaf. Hence the spring and the autumn have always been regarded as pre-eminently the two poetical seasons — the one emblematizing the period of youth, the other that of old age.
Page 451 - ... pale spots. Inside white, soft, juicy, melting, like a butter pear ; delicious flavour, peculiar, very slightly musky, and vinous. The tree which produces the above exquisite fruit was raised from a seed, received in a letter from Lord Petre of England, about the year 1735, and planted by Mr. Bartram near one end of the dwelling-house, at the edge of a gravel walk, where it has never received any manure or rich earth. The roots extend to the walls of the house. The tree has VOL.

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