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The Call of the Wildflower

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Author: Henry S. Salt
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,870 / 130 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.1
LoC Category: QK
Downloads: 803
Added to site: 2010.11.21 29646
Genre: Nature

"His pages will be enjoyed most by botanists, though anyone who likes to roam the English countryside ought to be able to read them with pleasure." The Times.

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ildflowers that are now held in the public libraries of not a few towns are extremely useful, and often awake a love of nature in minds where it has hitherto been but dormant. A queer remark was once made to me by a visitor at the Brighton show. "This is a good institution," he said. "It saves you from tramping for the flowers yourself." I had not regarded the exhibition in that light; on the contrary, it stimulates many persons to a pursuit which is likely to fascinate them more and more.

For no tramps can be pleasanter than those in quest of wildflowers; especially if one has a fellow-enthusiast for companion: failing that, it is wiser to go alone; for when a flower-lover tramps with someone who has no interest in the pursuit, the result is likely to be discomfiting--he must either forgo his own haltings and deviations, with the probability that he will miss something valuable, or he must feel that he is delaying his friend. In a company, I always pray that their number may be uneven, and that it may



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