Wild Flowers of Scotland

 
9781154888683: Wild Flowers of Scotland

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...carefully before he discovers the delicate leafage. The common bedstraw forms other large patches of yellow. I have noticed that, when growing inland, and there is no commoner roadside form, the flower has an extremely pleasant, if somewhat wild, odour. There it shares with the white clover the function of scenting the summer day. Here the sweetness has departed, while the wildness remains, and is intensified. It is not easy to explain this deficiency in seaside plants. Where sight fails, scent is supposed to act as a second guide to the insect in search of the plant. It may be more needful, where the luxuriant leafage of inland scenes hides away the colours, or where the plant is playing bo-peep behind the hawthorn hedge, or has retired several yards within the shadow of the wood, or is nestling under the steep bank, than on a flat scene of bare vegetation and profuse blossoming. No insect with half an eye could miss the glow on the links, especially flying over it as they do. There is also abundance of the delicate little white bedstraw, not quite so self-assertive, but even pleasanter to look upon. Harebells are, of course, abroad in their favourite haunt--short-stemmed like the rest. Perhaps also a little paler in shade. At the seaside there is a tendency to part with colour as well as scent, partly from the bleaching influence of the air, and partly because less will serve to attain the end in view. Many other plants are there whose names it would be tedious to mention. All that seems necessary is to point out the general conditions of that scene, midway between the seaside moor and the open coast, and to indicate those forms which, while they refuse to grow among the restless sand, ask no more than that the sand shall be moored by...

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