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THE CALL OF THE WILDFLOWER

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

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[Illustration: G. P. Abraham & Sons. ] [ Photo. Keswick

THE HAUNT OF THE SPIDERWORT

The Devil's Kitchen, Carnarvonshire]

THE CALL OF THE WILDFLOWER

BY HENRY S. SALT

[Illustration]

LONDON: GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN LTD RUSKIN HOUSE, 40 MUSEUM STREET, W.C.

First published in 1922

( All rights reserved )

TO

MY FRIENDS

W. J. JUPP and E. BERTRAM LLOYD

NOTE

I am indebted to the courtesy of the editors of the Daily News , Pall Mall Gazette , Liverpool Daily Post , and Sussex Daily News , for permission to reprint in this book the substance of articles that first appeared in their columns.

My obligation to Jack London, in regard to the choice of a title, will be apparent.

CONTENTS

PAGE I. THE CALL OF THE WILDFLOWER 9

II. ON SUSSEX SHINGLES 21

III. BY DITCH AND DIKE 29

IV. LIKENESSES THAT BAFFLE 37

V. BOTANESQUE 43

VI. THE OPEN DOWNLAND 50

VII. PRISONERS OF THE PARTERRE 58

VIII. PICKING AND STEALING 63

IX. ROUND A SURREY CHALK PIT 68

X. A SANDY COMMON 77

XI. QUAINTNESS IN FLOWERS 85

XII. HERTFORDSHIRE CORNFIELDS 90

XIII. THE SOWER OF TARES 97

XIV. DALES OF DERBYSHIRE 103

XV. NO THOROUGHFARE! 113

XVI. LIMESTONE COASTS AND CLIFFS 121

XVII. ON PILGRIMAGE TO INGLEBOROUGH 128

XVIII. A BOTANOPHILIST'S JOURNAL 133

XIX. FELONS AND OUTLAWS 139

XX. SOME MARSH DWELLERS 144

XXI. A NORTHERN MOOR 151

XXII. APRIL IN SNOWDONIA 158

XXIII. FLOWER GAZING IN EXCELSIS 164

XXIV. COVES OF HELVELLYN 171

XXV. GREAT DAYS 178

XXVI. THE LAST ROSE 185

INDEX 191

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THE CALL OF THE WILDFLOWER

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THE "call of the wild," where the love of flowers is concerned, has an attraction which is not the less powerful because it is difficult to explain... Continue reading book >>




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