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BRECK'S BOOK OF FLOWERS;
IN WHICH ARE DESCRIBED
ALL THE VARIOUS HARDY HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS, AN.
DESIRABLE FOR ORNAMENTAL PURPOSES,
WITH DIRECTIONS FOR THEIR CULTIVATION.
BY JOSEPH BRECK,
NEW EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.
(LATE O. M. SAXTON & 00.,)
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
JOHN P. JEWETT & CO.,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusette
HOBART & ROBBINS,
The object of this volume is the diffusion of general knowledge and practical information in relation to the floral kingdom, particularly for hardy trees, shrubs and plants, desirable for the embellishment of the flower-garden and pleasure-ground. It is not designed as a scientific treatise for those far advanced in the knowledge of plants, but for new beginners, who are just entering the temple of Flora ; or, as a book of reference to those who have but little time for research, and who desire some simple instructions as to the mode of culture, or description of the habits, of plants or seeds which they may wish to grow. That it may be more acceptable to the great majority, technical descriptions have been avoided as much as possible. I consider it important that plants should be generally known by their scientific name, as this is universal, while the common name is only local; and have, therefore, given precedence to the botanical name, and followed with the common name, where any
has been known. Some work of this kind, it has often appeared to me, was much needed. It has often been called for, in
business as seedsman. Customers will purchase a quantity of seeds, not knowing, perhaps, anything about their habits, cultivation, or treatment, or that there should be any difference in their management. Having had long experience in the cultivation, as well as