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Fareweel my house, an' burnie clear,
My bourtree bush, an' bouzy tree,
I'll never find a hame like thee.
March 26. St. Ludger, Bp. of Munster.
St. Brauglio of Saragossa.
O rises at v. 45'. sets at vi. 15'.
Clock 5'. 52". faster than the Sundial, Coelum. - The face of the sky and the weather at this time of year is very changeable; gales of wind, showers of hail and snow, fair sunshine, and calm cloudiness, all rapidly interchange with each other, and there is no month when the everchanging figures of the seven modifications of clouds may be viewed in greater perfection, or studied with more advantage. The meteorologist may often now see all the clouds in their natural order, ascending from the Follcloud, formed by the condensation of vapour on its escape from the surface to the Stackencloud, collecting its water in the second stage of its ascent, both probably existing by virtue of a positive electricity. From these proceeding through the partially conducting Twaincloud to the Wanecloud and Sondercloud; the latter positively charged, and considerably retentive of its charge; the former less perfectly insulated, and perhaps conducting horizontally: we arrive thus at the region where the Curlcloud, light and elevated, obeys every impulse or invitation of that fluid, which, while it finds a conductor, ever operates in silence, but which, embodied and insulated in a denser collection of watery atoms, sooner or later bursts its barrier, leaps down in lightning, and glides through the Raincloud from its elevated station to the earth.
The following Verses were written on the Death of one of the principal Benefactors of a Country Village, who departed this life on this day in 1806, at Quendon, in Essex.
He from the soil bid hidden waters burst,
The Master Shepherd led to this abode,
March 27. St. John of Aegypt, Hermit. St. Rupert,
Confessor. o rises at v. 45'. sets at vi. 15'. CHRONOLOGY.—Peace of Amiens made in 1802. PRIMAVERAL FLORA.- We shall take occasion today to convey to the reader a view of the general appearance of the primaveral or aequinoctial Flora, which at present may be said to culminate, or to arrive at the maximum of its flowering beauty; and we shall repeat this mode of exemplifying the different Floras of the year, in their respective proper places.
As individual plants may be noted as Howering, culminating, and deflowering, according as they first open, arrive at full maturity, and fade, so the same may be said of the aggregate of flowers of each particular season, technically termed Floras. And this is the best method we can adopt for illustrating the face of nature, at each of the six principal periods of the revolving year. Particulars of each plant, and the time of its first flowering, will be found recorded on their proper days throughout this work.
The following is a list of the garden Plants now blowing, given nearly in the order in which they first appeared :
SNOWDROP Galantha nivalis fading away, and seen only in its decaying stalks and withering fowers.
YELLOW SPRING Crocus Crocus Moesiacus still common in the gardens: there are one or (wo varieties besides the common yellow. See Botan. Mag. 43. 860. 1111.
PARTICOLOURED Crocus Crocus versicolor known by its stripes of purple and white. Bot. Mag. 1110.
Scotch Crocus Crocus Susianus being of a pale yellow, and striped. Bot. Mag. 652.
OLD CLOTH of Gold Crocus Crocus sulphureus. Bot. Mag. 938.
BLUE SPRING Crocus Crocus vernus of which there are some varieties, containing more or less white: this species flowers the latest of our croci. Bot. Mag. 860. These species should be distinguished from the Autumnal Crocus, or Saffron, which blows in August and September. Crocuses do best in a sandy soil, and then will increase very fast.
SPRING SNOWFLAKE Leucojuin vernum just in flower.
Scented Jonquil Narcissus odorus. Bot. Mag.
PEERLESS DAFFODIL Narcissús incomparabilis just begins to blow, and is a very elegant ornament when growing in large clumps.
ROMAN NARCISSUS N. Italicus blows early, and resembles the next described, only it has a different scene.
POLYANTHUS NARCISSUS N. Tazelta. of this species there are several varieties, which vary a few days in the time of flowering: the common yellow, with orange cups, is the earliest.
ORIENTAL Narcissus N. Orientalis distinguished by its peculiar fragrance, much resembles the last, and like it is much used for Bowpots; the pale yellow with yellow cups is usually the first to blow; then the white with orange cups, the white with pale yellow cups, and the white with pale cups. The varieties seem cooutless. All the above species tend to the opinion lately maintained, that species, like varieties, are not distinct and intermixable, as Linnaeus supposes.
Petticoat Narcissus N. Bulbocodium begins.
Cluster HYACINTH H. racemosus very like the last; both are elegant ornaments in a Spring garden.
ORIENTAL HYACINTH H. orientalis whose blue, red, and white varieties so much please, now begins to blow sparingly in the open border in mild weather.
STAR ANEMONE or Windpower Anemone hortensis now blow's, in red purple, or other varieties.
NOBLE LIVERWORT Anemone Hepatica. The blue, red, and white varieties of the Hepatica, are well known. Clusters of them have a brilliant effect at this season.
ROUNDLEAVED CYCLAMEN C. Coum blows, and earlier, if sheltered in a greenhouse.
MARCH VIOLET Viola odorata, whose sweet scent has rendered it proverbially a favourite.
Dog VIOLET Viola Canina.
Hound's Tongue Cynoglossum Orphalodes, distinguished by the brilliant light blue colour of its flowers, begins now to blow, and continues all the Spring
GERMANDER SPEEDWELL Veronica Chamaedris now opens, but does not come in profusion till May. Many other Veronicas appear.
PRIMROSE Primula verna.
THE MEZEREON Daphne Mezereor now shows its pink shrub of flowers in full perfection.
To these we may add,
Crown Imperial Fritillaria imperialis, whose red, yellow, and striped varieties in early years now begin to open.
Sometimes the WallFLOWER, a last year's MARYGOLD, and LEOPARD's Bane, also begin to blow; but these properly belong to the Vernal Flora.
In the House, Greenhouse, and Hothouse, we have, of course, various other plants in flower.
The following wild flowers may be added :-
meadows and fields. Its double varieties are the omament of the cottage gardens.
DANDELION Leontodon Taraxacum begins to blow sparingly.
There is usually but little appearance of Spring besides the above flowers. The trees have not yet budded, and the grass, though greener, has a wintry appearance.
Shakespeare gives us the following description of flowers, in his Winter's Tale:
Here's flowers for you,
Camillo. I should leave grazing, were I of your flock,
Perdita. Out, alas !
March 28. SS. Priscus, fc. Martyrs. St. Sixtus, Pope. St. Grontan, King and Confessor.
O rises at v. 43'. sets at vi. 17'. The general aspect of nature at this time is so well described in Polwhele's Poetical Calendar of Nature for March, that we shall extract the following descriptive portion of it:
To March, from Polrohele.
Now the young Wheat's transient gleam,
Yet ere in recent brightness born,
March 29. SS. Jonas, &c. Martyrs. St. Mark, Bp. C.
rises at v. 41, sets at vi. 19'. CHRONOLOGY. – The Slave Trade of France abolished by Napoleon in 1815.
Flora. — In mild weather, and in watery and damp situations, the March Marigold Caltha palustris, begins to display its bright yellow Powers; it grows in clumps, and a display of these flowers has a brilliant