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The Flowers Personified


Section 3

 
THE POET JACOBUS SUPPOSED HE HAD FOUND A SUBJECT FOR AN EPIC POEM.
II. Where we show that the language of flowers may cause a man to lose the tip of his nose.

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 “Some flowers open their petals at a particular hour of the day, and close them at some other hour which is know. Linnζus made a list of these. It is by this list that we reckon the hours in flower-language.

FLORA’s CLOCK.
Midnight

The large-flowered Cactus.

Noon

Ice-plant.

1:00 am

Alpine Sow-thistle.

1:00 pm

Profuse-flowering Pink.

2:00 am

Yellow Goats-beard.

2:00 pm

Mouse-ear Hawkweed.

3:00 am

Scammony Convolvulus.

3:00 pm

Dandelion.

4:00 am

Smooth Crepis.

4:00 pm

Madwort.

5:00 am

Day Lily.

5:00 pm

Marvel of Peru.

6:00 am

Hawkweed.

6:00 pm

Geranium.

7:00 am

Small-cape Marigold

7:00 pm

 Naked-stalked Poppy.

8:00 am

Red Pimpernel.

8:00 pm

 Upright Bindweed.

9:00 am

Field Marigold.

9:00 pm

Flax-leaved Bindweed.

10:00 am

Egyptian Fig Marigold.

10:00 pm

 Cypress Vine.

11:00 am

 Star of Bethlehem.

11:00 pm

 Night-flowering Catch-fly.

          “I remember that I had considerable difficulty in learning this list. The same course was adopted with the days and months. Jacobus had told me that, in regard to the days, every one was at liberty to make his own calendar. I will give you ours. You can avail yourself of it,” added she, directing, at the same time, a severe look towards the Pansy.

THE FLORAL WEEK.

Monday – Bladder Senna.

Thursday – Lilac.

Tuesday – Snowball.

Friday – Cypress.

Wednesday – Barberry.

Saturday – Jonquille.

 

Sunday – Gilliflower.

“In regard to the months, the thing is perfectly simple. Nature herself has arranged this part of the calendar, by causing particular plants to bloom at certain seasons of the year.

THE CALENDAR OF FLORA.

January – Black Helebore.

July – Centaury.

February – Mezereon.

August – Seabious.

March – Alpine Soldanella.

September – European Cyclamen.

April – Early dwarf Tulip.

October – Chinese St. Johnswort.

May – Common Dropwort.

November – Serrated Pallasia.

June – Cornpoppy.

December – Smooth Lopezia.