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About Orchids, a Chat

About Orchids, a Chat by Frederick Boyle
By: (1841-?)

This is not a manual of instruction for orchid growers; though there are many hints on cultivation, and a few paragraphs on how to hybridize. The author is just an enthusiastic amateur orchid lover. He takes the reader on a wander through the dangers and consequences of hunting orchids in the tropical jungles of the nineteenth century, and chats about the extreme peculiarities of orchid growth, behaviour and structure, colouring the essays with his own experiences and with his delight in cultivating these beautiful plants. Beware! A new hobby beckons!

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[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 ALEXANDRÆ 67

ONCIDIUM MACRANTHUM 88

DENDROBIUM BRYMERIANUM 127

COELOGENE PANDURATA 160

CATTLEYA LABIATA 173

LOELIA ANCEPS SCHROEDERIANA 197

CYPRIPEDIUM (HYBRIDUM) POLLETTIANUM 210

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