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The flower-garden display'd: in above four hundred curious representations of the most beautiful flowers, regularly dispos'd in the respective months of their blossom, curiously engrav'd on copper-plates from the designs of Mr. Furber and others, and coloured to the life: with the description and history of each plant and the method of their culture, whether in stoves, green-houses, hot-beds... ; very useful, not only for the curious in gardening, but the prints likewise for painters, carvers, japaners, &c. also for the ladies
(1732)

[Productions of the month of May],   pp. [unnumbered]-48


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42         The FLOWER-GARDEN                 dfplay'd.
Aar. by owing the Seeds in March, in a light Soil, and warm
Expofure.
Numb. XI. Blue Hyacinth of Peru. This is the largeft
of all the Hyacinths, and brings its Flowers in very large
Truffes, more than an hundred upon a Stalk.  The Blof-
fons are of a bright blue Colour, fading a little as they
are fully blown, towards Purple. The Root is bulbous,
and large, and profpers beft in a free open Soil, and
warm  Situation.  It is increas'd by Offsets, but they
come but feldom. The time for this Work is about Au-
guf and September; but we may alfo increafe it by owing
the Seeds in Pots of fine Earth, as foon as they are ripe,
or they will do well tho' we do not fow them till February.
We may tranfplant them the Second Year in a Border of
fine Earth, or under a South Wall, at eight or ten Inches
Diffance, and they will foon afford a fine Shew of
Flowers.
Numb. XII. The china Pink. This is as pretty a Plant
as any in the Garden.  The Seed of it was fent to us
from Perfia, but it is a Native of China.  The Flower
which is reprefented in the Print has a white Ground, with
a Scarlet Eye in the middle, like the Pheafant-ey'd Pink;
but there are various Kinds of them; fome have Flefh-
colour'd Flowers, with crimfon Eyes; others pale purple
Flowers, with black Eyes; fome light Scarlet with purple
Eyes; and ome are double-flower'd, yielding as much
Variety of Colours as the fingle ones.  We railfe them by
owing the Seeds in March or April, or even in February,
in fine light Earth: For my part, I have always given
them the Afliflance of a Hot- bed. When the Plants are
about an Inch high, plant them out at three Inches Di-
fiance;


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