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FIDELITY IN MISFORTUNE, Wallflower. Page
FINESSE, Sweet-william. This plant, with its large brilliant bunches of blossoms, displays in all its parts exquisite beauty and delicacy. FIRE, Fraxinella. When the day has been hot and dry, the Fraxinella emits an inflammable gas, which, being condensed by the cool evening air, forms around it an atmosphere that takes fire at the approach of a light, without injuring the plant.
FLAME, Flower-de-Luce. The Flower-de-Luce, or Iris Germanica, is a plant which the peasants of Germany are fond of cultivating on the roofs of their cottages. When the wind waves its beautiful flowers, and the sun gilds their petals, tinged with gold, purple, and azure, it looks as if light flames were playing on the top of those rustic dwellings. FLATTERY, Venus's Looking-glass. As soon as
the sun sheds his golden rays upon our cornfields, we see the bright purple flowers of a pretty variety of campanula scattered over them: but, should clouds intercept his beams, the corollas of these flowers immediately close,
as at the approach of night. It is related that Venus one day dropped one of her mirrors. A shepherd picked it up; but, no sooner had he cast his eyes on this glass, which possessed the property of embellishing whatever it reflected, than he forgot his mistress, and did nothing but admire himself. Love, fearful of the consequences of such a silly error, broke the mirror, and changed its fragments into this pretty plant, which has ever since retained the name of Venus's Looking-glass. FOLLY, Columbine. This graceful flower has been made the emblem of folly, but whether on account of the party-colour which it frequently takes in the garden, or in allusion to the shape of the nectary, which turns over, like the caps of the old jesters, or those which painters give to Folly, we are left to divine.
FORESIGHT, Holly. Page 243. FORGETFULNESS, Moonwort. This plant has not received its name from its seed, as it has been generally supposed, but from the partition which divides its broad, flat pods, and is round like the moon. René, duke of Bar and Lor
raine, having been taken prisoner at the battle of Toulongeon, painted, with his own hand, a sprig of Moonwort, and sent it to his vassals, to reproach them for their dilatoriness in effecting his deliverance.
FORGET-ME-NOT, Scorpion Grass. Page 177. FORSAKEN, Anemone. Anemone was a nymph,
beloved by Zephyr. Flora, jealous of her, banished her from her court, and transformed her into a flower, that blows before the return of spring. Zephyr has abandoned this unhappy beauty to the rude caresses of Boreas, who, unable to gain her love, harshly shakes her, half opens her blossoms, and causes her immediately to fade. An Anemone, with these words, Brevis est usus-" Her reign is short" -is admirably expressive of the transitory nature of beauty.
FRIENDSHIP, Acacia. Page 151.
Ivy. Page 230.
FRIVOLITY, London Pride. Though Nature has not painted any flower with more delicacy than the spotted petals of this plant, whence it received the name of None-so-pretty, still it is considered as the emblem of a light and
GENEROSITY, Orange-tree. The Orange-tree is covered at one and the same time with flowers, fruit, and foliage. It is a generous friend, which is continually lavishing kindness upon us.
GENIUS, Plane-tree. The Portico at Athens was surrounded by long avenues of majestic Planetrees. The Greeks paid a kind of worship to those beautiful trees, and consecrated them to genius and intellectual pleasures. GIRL, Rosebud. A young girl is a rose still in bud.
GLORY, Laurel. Page 241.
GOOD EDUCATION, Cherry-tree. It is generally believed that the Cherry-tree was brought from Cerasonte, a town in the kingdom of Pontus, to Rome, by Lucullus. It is not the less true, however, that our woods have always produced several species of wild cherry, which require nothing but careful cultivation to change their harsh, sour berries into that delicious fruit which is an ornament to our gardens and our desserts, and a favourite with young and old.
GRACE, Hundred-leaved Rose. When the Graces