The morning wind gently rocked them to and fro, and the sun shone warmly down upon the dewy grass, where butterflies spread their gay wings, and bees with their deep voices sung among the flowers; while the little birds hopped merrily about to peep at them.
On a silvery mushroom was spread the breakfast; little cakes of flower-dust lay on a broad green leaf, beside a crimson strawberry, which, with sugar from the violet, and cream from the yellow milkweed, made a fairy meal, and their drink was the dew from the flowers' bright leaves.
GIRL [hopefully] I can give you change for a tanner, kind lady.
It was a lovely country, with plenty of flowers
and fruit trees and sunshine to cheer them, and had they not felt so sorry for the poor Scarecrow, they could have been very happy.
But if you wish to see the Flower
Queen's daughter go up the second mountain: the Dragon's old mother lives there, and she has a ball every night, to which the Flower
Queen's daughter goes regularly.'
I could give many facts, showing how anxious bees are to save time; for instance, their habit of cutting holes and sucking the nectar at the bases of certain flowers
, which they can, with a very little more trouble, enter by the mouth.
Just then the Tulip Society of Haarlem offered a prize for the discovery (we dare not say the manufacture) of a large black tulip without a spot of colour, a thing which had not yet been accomplished, and was considered impossible, as at that time there did not exist a flower
of that species approaching even to a dark nut brown.
Then he touched the door with the flower
, and it sprang open; so that he went in through the court, and listened when he heard so many birds singing.
And because the breath of flowers
is far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes like the warbling of music) than in the hand, therefore nothing is more fit for that delight, than to know what be the flowers
and plants that do best perfume the air.
* This flower
is much noticed by Lewenhoeck and Tournefort.
They now thought of placing the boxes across the gutter, so that they nearly reached from one window to the other, and looked just like two walls of flowers
. The tendrils of the peas hung down over the boxes; and the rose-trees shot up long branches, twined round the windows, and then bent towards each other: it was almost like a triumphant arch of foliage and flowers
Botany was, I knew, a favourite study of his: and these flowers
were to me so entirely new and mysterious, that I was really curious to see what a botanist would say of them.