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.
Scientific men usually are great workers; but few we fancy get through so much as Baron Von Mueller, the Government Botanist, of Melbourne, Australia. This time it is a valuable work, in cheap form, of the native plants of Victoria, comprising all known from Ranunculaceae to Polygonaceae, profusely illustrated, and so well described that any one with the rudiments of botany can easily make out an unknown plant. The work is evidently intended for the " people," as there is an evident care to avoid all " hard words " except when certainly unavoidable. Most persons can understand at once what is meant by kidney-shaped, while many would have to turn to the glossary to find what reniform meant; and "margins of the petals overlapping in the bud," carries as distinct a meaning with it as if the same idea were express d by the choicest Greek derivative.