Some reading to enjoy...

stefanb8(z7 MD)August 23, 2005

I found by chance while searching the web, an online text through the Project Gutenberg; it is John Ruskin's Proserpina, Volume 2, Studies Of Wayside Flowers. In it you will find that the first chapter is a lengthy and delightful exploration of the violet. I hope you all find it as pleasurable as I did!

And here is the link:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15088/15088.txt

Stefan

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etii(France 8)

Thanks :-)
I realize I'll never be able to read such a long text in English (headache is coming !!LOL)
Should I try later ? ;-)

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Thierry.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 1:43AM
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rob_peace(VIC Aust)

thanks, stefan....
a very interesting read!
thierry? dont worry! that text is in very convoluted mid-19th century english. it takes concentration and patience to read. it's rather like a roccoco painting...lots of decorative twists.
thanks again stefan!
rob...

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 6:41PM
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stefanb8(z7 MD)

You're most welcome, Rob! And Thierry, maybe you could try some translation website to help - unless the English to French turn out as much garbage as the French to English translators do ;-) Anyway, I hope you do continue reading!

Stefan

    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 6:37AM
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nathalie

..thanks Stefan..Of course I couldn't read all the stuff!! lol!! ...but to what I understood..no mention of parmas of any double sweet violets isn't it? Regarding to the date (1888) it could be interesting to have any tracks for old cultivars...Could you or Rob enlight me on this point pleeeaase? ;-))

    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 1:40PM
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stefanb8(z7 MD)

Right Nathalie, he seems to have been primarily interested in those violets which were found growing wild in England at the time. It is really too bad that he couldn't slip in a bit about the cultivated violets of the day, because certainly that was a good era for them! Even if he held them in disdain... but surely there are other sources that will turn up with mentions of such things. We will find them, eventually, I think :-)

Stefan

    Bookmark   August 26, 2005 at 7:10PM
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