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AMERICAN FLOWER-GARDEN DIRECTORY:CONTAINma
PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR THE CULTURE OP PLANTS,in
THE FLOT\^R-GARDEN, HOT-HOUSE, GREEN-HOUSE, ROOMS, OR PARLOUR WINDOWS,
FOR EVERY MONTH IN THE YEAR.WITH
A BESCRIPTION OF THE PLANTS MOST DESIRABLE IN EACH, THE NATURE OF THE SOIL AND SITUATION BEST ADAPTED TO THEIR GROWTH, THE
PROPER SEASON FOR TRANSPLANTING, ETC.
WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR ERECTING
ADAPTED TO EITHER LARGE OR SMALL GARDENSWITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING THE SOIL, PROPAGATING, PLANTING, PRUNING, TRAINING, AND FRUITING;
WITH DESCRIPTIONS OP THE BEST SORTS POR CULTIVATIl^Q IN THE OPEN AIR,
BY ROBERT BUIST,NURSERYMAN AND SEED-GROWER.
SAXTON, BARKER &SAN FRANCISCO:H. H.
Ditisicri. oi Horncui^^ui-^, . _ , ^ _ii...-. MAY
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by
En the Clerk's OfiSce of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southern District of
are again called
to present to the public the
work on the Culture of Flowers taste that is now widely disseminating itself; in fact, a knowledge of which is requisite before a refined education is comedition of this popularpleted.
boldly and fearlessly say that no country hasin the art
made such rapid advancementthe taste prevails,participantsit
and science of Horti-
culture in so short a period as the United States.diffuses a peace
and harmony among
without either symbol or mystery.
edition, a feast oflists
materials has been served
have been cancelled and replaced with those of newerfiner
forms and habits
extraneous matter and plants of
indifierent character are dropped.
great and successful
Hot waterto those
to Horticultural purposes is explicitly
who wish to examine the results, we A new and distinct list of hardy Evergreens has been added, and a new chapter on the ever-tobe-admired ROSE, and every improvement in the art up toandBay "
time introduced.the wonderful effects of
True, we have not dilated onelectricity
upon vegetation, nor have we been extravagant With rethe results of guano in the growth of plants.its
gard to the former, the capability ofpractice
reduction to generalthelatter
has to be
cautiously used, and even then its beneficialuniversal.
can in a liquid state be used to
on almost any plant, especially those of strongthe Hose,
Geranium, Fuchsia, Heliotrope,such, thelb.
Chrysanthemum, &c.will be very beneficialafter standing:
of guano to 5 galls, of water
12 or more hours, can be used in the routine
of watering once ato plants that
or even once in two weeksrootlets,
have more delicate and silky
Epacris, Erica, Azalea, &c., the liquid must be reduced onehalf.
descriptions of plants have been conveyed
the view of giving an idea of their character to the general reader than an accurate botanical synopsis, which would have
been known to the botanist alone.
All that we have described and recommended have, with a few exceptions, passed under
our own observation, and are such as are worthy of cultivation,
either for beauty of flower, foliage, or habit, together
with those celebrated in arts and medicine.
possibly, have passed unobserved, either from not being very
or difficult to obtain
but in no case has
there been suppression, from business prejudices.
words " our collections" occur, they are meant for those ofthe country generally.
All our observations have been guided by dint of practiceand, although othersfessedly givenas
this is designedly
the result of our
down is our own whicn we adopt ; but,is
routine of cultureat the
the soils are
same time, conceding that
every art and profession
subject to improvement, and none
table of soils
originally constructed at the expense of
and labour, and has,able improvement.
also, in this edition,
To every one
that has but a single plant
be found invaluable.
Although the publications in
Europe on Gardening and Floriculture are profuse, yet many of their directions, when practised in the United States, prove Not so with their architectural and almost a dead letter.horticultural designs.ble of great
estates of the wealthy are suscepti-
improvement ; they want more of the picturesque,words of the veteran pioneer of horticulture)premises from the monoall.
(to use the
effect, to relieve their
tonous erections and improvements which seem to govern
to the climate:
must (and no other
can) be the guide in this countrylike the
this account, a
present has been a desideratum to aid those
their leasure hours either for
amusement,or to gain
the benefit of health, to sweeten the decline of
a more intimate knowledge of the various
nature throughout the world.
Every year brings from other;
climes some remarkable flower, fruit, or plantthat
and as a point
we are at least in some of our undertakings second to none, we have only to refer to the very successful culture and flowering of the Victoria Regia Water Lily, at SpringBrook, the country seat of Caleb Cope, Esq., whereit
bloomed with more regal grandeur than
any of the Abbeys,
Castles, or Palaces of the Eastern world.
ROBERT BUIST.ROSEDALE NUESEEIES, Near Philadelphia, 1854.
PEETACETO THE FIRST EDITION.
This volume owesrequests of a
existence principally to ine repeated
of our fair patrons
and amateur sup-
porters, whose inquiries and wishes for a practical manual on Floriculture at last induced us to prepare a work on the
offered is given unaffectedlytreatise
as a plainsubject.
on this increasingly interestingdirections are given in the
It will at once
be perceived that there are no pre-
tensions to literary claims
simplest mannerin our
the the arrangementthe wholeis
as lucidly as
presented with the single
being practically useful.
far our object has
been attained,the result of
of course our readers must judge.;
has been intentionally concealed
extended continuous experience from childhood. We pretend not to infallibility, and are not so sanguine as to declare ourviews the most perfect that can be attained.far say that the practice here
But we can so recommended has been found
Some, very probably, may be disappointed in not havingthe
means of propagating;
clearly delineated as those ofall
but to have entered into
the minutiae connected(vii)
PREFACE.formed materialsfor two volumes might have described that
therewith would havelarger than