Daisy And Geranium Flower

Published: 27th April 2009
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I cannot say, with Dryden's damsels, in one of his fine poems, that "the Daisy smells so sweet;" for it has very little smell; but it is a most beautiful little flower, and blows without ceasing at all times when the grass grows, however little that may be.

The opening of the Daisy is the sure sign that there is growth going on in the grass; and these little flowers bespangle the lawns and the meadows, the green banks and the glades all over England. Their colors present an endless variety; and those grown in gardens are double. The field Daisy is single, and about the size of a York Sixpence.

Those in the gardens are sometimes as broad as a quarter of a dollar. And there is one other sort called the Hen and chicken Daisy, that has a ring of little flowers surrounding the main flower. This plant may be raised from offsets or seed, in which last case it blows the second year It is perennial.

GERANIUM wants hardiness only to make it the finest flower plant of which I have any knowledge. Some give us flower with little or no leaf; others have beauty of leaf as well as of flower, but give us no fragrance; others, like the rose, give us this added to beauty of flower and of leaf, but, give us them only for a part of the year.

But, the Geranium has beautiful leaf, beautiful flower, flagrant smell from leaf as well as from flower, and these it has in never ceasing abundance; and as to variety of sorts, as well as in leaf as in flower, it surpasses even the flower of the Auricula.

How delightful the country, where Geraniums form the underwood, and the Myrtles tower above! Softly, my friends. Beneath that underwood lurk the poisonous lizards and serpents, and through those Myrtle boughs the deadly winged adders rustle; while all around is dry and burning sand.

The Geranium is a native of the South of Africa; and, though it will not receive its death blow from even a sharpish frost, it will not endure the winter, even in the mild climate of England. But, then, it is so easy of cultivation, it grows so fast, blows so soon, and is so little troublesome, that it seems to argue an insensibility to the charms of nature not to have Geraniums if we have the means of obtaining earth and sun.

The Geranium is propagated from seed, or from cuttings. The seed, like that of the Auricula, does not produce flower or leaf like the mother plant, except by chance. It is easily saved, and for curiosity's sake, may be sown to see if a new variety will come.

But, a cutting, from any part of the plant, old wood or young wood, stuck into the ground, or into a pot, will grow and become a plant, and will blow in a month from the time you put it into the ground. You must have plants, indeed, to cut from; but these may be, in small number at any rate, in a window during winter.

When the spring comes, cut them up into cuttings, put these in the ground where you wish to have plants during the summer. They will be in bloom by July, and, before October, will be large as a currant tree. Take off cuttings from these during September, put them in pots, and they are ready for the next spring. If you have a Greenhouse, you have Geraniums in full bloom all the long dreary winter.

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