Title: Italian gardens
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Elgood, George Samuel, 1851-
Publisher: London, New York, Bombay & Calcutta : Longmans, Green and Co.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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ing feature of this garden is the aviary, withoutwhich no villa in the old days was thought complete. It lies on eitherside of the central alley, at the western end of the parterre. Slenderstone columns with composite capitals of beaten copper sustain awooden entablature, above which was placed the open-work roof; wirenetting filled in the spaces between, and the whole stood on a low stoneplinth. In order to afford a better view of the occupants, the sidestowards the alley are hollowed out, thus giving a pleasant variety to theoutline. These aviaries are troublesome places to keep in repair, andhave in consequence fallen considerably out of use. That at one timethey were a source of pleasure to their owners is evident from the sumsof money often spent upon them. In the Boboli gardens the aviary wason such a scale that woods and glades, alleys and fountains wereincluded within it, so that the creatures preserved there in great numbersmight enjoy the air and the aspect of the grove. 102
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The charm of this garden is due in no small measure to the flowers,which on every side, beneath the peach and almond and nespole trees, fillthe beds to overflowing ; but they seem to flourish best in the shadow ofthe great lemon-pots, their roots tucked snugly away in the moist earthbeneath the broad pedestals. Here luxuriate great clumps of orange day-lily, larkspurs white and pink, blue and purple, the fragile-looking Frenchand Shirley poppies, the sun-loving zinnia, and the marigold andgaillardia rejoicing in the warm earth. Madonna lilies, too, and rosesof every sort, and sturdy hollyhocks add to the wealth of colour, withiris purple and white and yellow, one of the most desirable being of alovely pale primrose with many small blossoms on one tall stem ; butthe exquisite pale blue iris that fringes the terraces out in the farm istoo common for admittance. Nor are the sweet-scented old-fashionedthings forgotten, such as carnation and pink, mignonette and cherry-pie,rosemary and lav
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