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About Orchids by Frederick Boyle

[Illustration: VANDA SANDERIANA Reduced to One Sixth.]

ABOUT ORCHIDS

_A CHAT_

BY

FREDERICK BOYLE

_WITH COLOURED ILLUSTRATIONS_

LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, LTD. 1893

[_All rights reserved_]

LONDON: PRINTED BY GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, LIMITED, ST. JOHN'S HOUSE, CLERKENWELL, E.C.

I INSCRIBE THIS BOOK TO MY GUIDE, COMFORTER AND FRIEND, JOSEPH GODSEFF.

CONTENTS.

PAGE MY GARDENING 1

AN ORCHID SALE 24

ORCHIDS 42

COOL ORCHIDS 60

WARM ORCHIDS 103

HOT ORCHIDS 138

THE LOST ORCHID 173

AN ORCHID FARM 183

ORCHIDS AND HYBRIDIZING 210

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE VANDA SANDERIANA _Frontispiece_

ODONTOGLOSSUM CRISPUM ALEXANDRAE 67

ONCIDIUM MACRANTHUM 88

DENDROBIUM BRYMERIANUM 127

COELOGENE PANDURATA 160

CATTLEYA LABIATA 173

LOELIA ANCEPS SCHROEDERIANA 197

CYPRIPEDIUM (HYBRIDUM) POLLETTIANUM 210

PREFACE.

The purport of this book is shown in the letter following which I addressed to the editor of the _Daily News_ some months ago:--

"I thank you for reminding your readers, by reference to my humble work, that the delight of growing orchids can be enjoyed by persons of very modest fortune. To spread that knowledge is my contribution to philanthropy, and I make bold to say that it ranks as high as some which are commended from pulpits and platforms. For your leader-writer is inexact, though complimentary, in assuming that any 'special genius' enables me to cultivate orchids without more expense than other greenhouse plants entail, or even without a gardener. I am happy to know that scores of worthy gentlemen--ladies too--not more gifted than their neighbours in any sense, find no greater difficulty. If the pleasure of one of these be due to any writings of mine, I have wrought some good in my generation."

With the same hope I have collected those writings, dispersed and buried more or less in periodicals. The articles in this volume are collected--with permission which I gratefully acknowledge--from _The Standard_, _Saturday Review_, _St. James's Gazette_, _National Review_, and _Longman's Magazine_. With some pride I discover, on reading them again, that hardly a statement needs correction, for they contain many statements, and some were published years ago. But in this, as in other lore, a student still gathers facts. The essays have been brought up to date by additions--in especial that upon "Hybridizing," a theme which has not interested the great public hitherto, simply because the great public knows nothing about it. There is not, in fact, so far as I am aware, any general record of the amazing and delightful achievements which have been made therein of late years. It does not fall within my province to frame such a record. But at least any person who reads this unscientific account, not daunted by the title, will understand the fascination of the study.


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