This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Many curious things of lost and found are told. The following is assuredly true. A ring was lost. Mrs. B., while dibbling holes for small plants of celery, dropped her ring into one of the holes. A plant was duly inserted, and doubtless through the lost ring, and as the root grew the ring must have become imbedded in its substance. Long given up, this ring made its appearance the following Winter among the soups at dinner in a portion of the celery root.
In flowers there are the most varied contrivances for the preservation of their organs against the attacks of animals of all kinds. In some we find the result obtained by the secretion of distasteful substances, such as alkaloids, resins and etherial oils. It is remarkable that as a rule herbivorous animals have a distaste for flowers. Anyone may observe how carefully cattle and sheep avoid plucking most of the flowers which abound in their pasturage. The beauty of the blossoms have no attraction for them; the richness of the odors seem only to repel them. It is only when the flowers are fresh that they are thus carefully avoided by ruminant animals. When their work is done and they are dried up the chemical compounds change; they are now readily eaten mixed with hay.
The Government Council of the Canton of Berne have issued a very wise ordinance. The beautiful Alpine flower, the "Edelweiss," has, it appears, almost disappeared in many mountainous districts. Its sale has been used as an excuse for beggary, and so the council is determined to put a stop to the extinction of the beautiful plant. Persons plucking "Edelweiss" up by the roots will be fined from five to fifty francs. In future only the full blown flower may be taken. This is evidence of paternal government turned to good account.