By Bobby J. Ward
An unique survey of eighty plant genera, with a mess of references to, and extracts from, fantasy and literature during the a while. This pleasant e-book will encourage you to examine your individual backyard in a brand new mild, in line with what William Blake or the traditional Romans stated approximately them.
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In a more refined sense, arum suggested ardor in the language of flowers. The common name arum lily is sometimes applied to Zantedeschia aethiopica, the calla lily or florist's arum. Though it is a member of the Araceae, this plant is not a true arum, lily, or calla. In German lore, wherever the arum or Aronswurzel, for Aaron's rod, grew and flourished, wood spirits would rejoice. The name Aaron's rod comes from a folktale related to the biblical story of the Israelites' journey to the promised land.
Writing in the late 1800s under the pen name Speranza, she considered the solitude of the poet in a world enriched by but oblivious to him. The poet wears a crown of thorny acanthus as a symbol of the responsibility he bears: All that is noble by his word is crown'd, But on his brow th' Acanthus wreath is bound. Page 30 Eternal temples rise beneath his hand, While his own griefs are written in the sand; He plants the blooming gardens, trails the vine But others wear the flowers, drink the wine.
It also blooms outdoors in autumn in California and in the warmer parts of the British Isles. Closely related genera within the Amaryllidaceae, some of which were formerly classified as Amaryllis, include Hippeastrum, Rhodophiala, Brunsvigia, and Crinum. Several bigeneric hybrids occur, including ×Amarygia parkeri, a cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Brunsvigia josephinae, and ×Amarcrinum, a hybrid of Amaryllis and Crinum. The amaryllis was given its scientific name, Amaryllis belladonna, by Carl Linnaeus, recalling a beautiful shepherdess mentioned in poems by Theocritus, Ovid, Virgil, and Milton.
A Contemplation upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature by Bobby J. Ward