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accompany Venus and the Loves, they are crowned with myrtle; when they attend the Muses, they are represented as adorned with
wreaths of the Hundred-leaved Rose. Grandeur, Ash-tree. In the Edda, the gods
are said to hold their court under a miraculous Ash-tree, which covers the surface of the whole world with its branches. The top of this tree reaches the sky; its roots penetrate to hell. From the latter issue two springs; in one of which wisdom is hidden, and in the
other is contained the knowledge of futurity. Grief, Marigold. Page 147.
Aloe. Page 228.
HAPPINESS, Sweet Sultan. In the harems of
the East, this lusciously sweet flower is an emblem of supreme happiness.
Return of, Lily of the Valley. Page 77. Hate, Basil. Poverty is sometimes represented
by the figure of a female covered with rags, seated by a plant of Basil. It is common to say that Hate has the eye of a basilisk, a fabulous animal, which is supposed to kill with a single glance. The name of Basil, however, is derived from a Greek word, signifying royal, a term indicating the excellence of this fra
grant plant. HEART UNACQUAINTED with Love, White Rose
bud. Before the breath of Love had ani. mated the world, all roses were white and
all female hearts insensible. Hermitage, Milkwort. This pretty plant, which
grows to the height of a foot, never loses its leaves, which resemble those of box. The hermits, who formerly dwelt on elevated places, planted it around their habitations. The ancients regarded this plant as favourable to cattle, and thought that it caused them to yield a great deal of milk, as is expressed
by its Greek name, Polygala. Hidden Merit, Coriander. Fresh Coriander
has an intolerable smell, as its Greek name, Koris, a bug, implies: yet its aromatic seeds are in request with cooks and confectioners, who often use it to flavour pastry and made
dishes. Hope, Snowdrop. Page 28.
--, Hawthorn Page 59.
HORROR, Virginia Cactus. This plant throws
out in every direction its trailing shoots,
which resemble clusters of snakes. HOSPITALITY, Oak-tree. Page 216. HUMILITY, Broom. Page 101.
I ATTACH MYSELF TO YOU, I pomæa, Indian Jas
mine. The scarlet Ipomæa requires a supporter for its slender branches, and, without fatiguing that supporter, it wreathes it with
foliage and flowers. I DECLARE WAR AGAINST You, Wild Tansey.
This plant resembles the pyramidal cypress. In some parts of Italy, people present stalks
of it to those whom they mean to insult. I DIE IF NEGLECTED, Laurustinus. Page 238. I feel youR KINDNESS, Flax. We are under
so many obligations to Flax, that we cannot open our eyes without being deeply sensible of them. We are indebted to it for linen,
cloth, paper, and lace. I love you, Peruvian Heliotrope. Page 186. I SHALL NOT SURVIVE You, Black Mulberry-tree.
Every body knows the affecting story of Pyramus and Thisbe. Pyramus, in the belief that his beloved Thisbe had been devoured by a furious lioness, killed himself in despair. Thisbe, who had fled affrighted from their place of meeting, returned just in time to see her lover expire. She could not survive him, and the same dagger united the lovers in
death. I SHARE YOUR SENTIMENTS, Garden Daisy. It
appears that it is very long since cultivation doubled the pretty field Daisy. When the mistress of a knight permitted him to have this flower engraven on his arms, it was a
public avowal that she returned his love. I SURMOUNT ALL DIFFICULTIES, Misletoe. Page
I WILL THINK OF IT, Wild Daisy. In the times
of chivalry, when a lady would neither reject nor accept the suit of her lover, she adorned her brow with a wreath of Wild Daisies, which
intimated: I will think of it. IMMORTALITY, Amaranth. Page 220. The name
of this flower is composed of two Greek words,
which signify never-fading. IMPATIENCE, Balsam. The seed-vessel of this
plant contains five cells. When maturity
approaches, each of these divisions curls up at the slightest touch, and scatters its seeds to a distance by a spontaneous movement. Hence its English appellation – Touch-me
not. IMPORTUNITY, Burdock. Burdock takes pos
session of a good soil, from which it is very difficult to extirpate it. Everybody is acquainted with its burs, which fasten on one's
clothes in such a troublesome manner. INCONSTANCY, Large-flowered Evening Prim
A native of Virginia, which, notwithstanding its inconstancy, has been favourably
received in our gardens. Independence, Wild Plum-tree. The wild
Plum is the least tractable of our native trees. It will not bear the knife, neither can
it be transplanted. INDISCRETION, Bulrush. King Midas, having
preferred the singing of Marsyas, the satyr, to that of Apollo, the god clapped upon him a pair of ass's ears. The king's barber saw them, and, unable to keep the secret, buried it at the foot of a cluster of Bulrushes. These reeds, shaken by the wind, continually mur. mured, King Midas has ass's ears.