So guards, scullions, maitres d'hotel, and pages having passed, they resumed their places at the table; and the sun, which, through the window-frame, had for an instant fallen upon those two charming countenances, now only shed its light upon the gilliflowers
, primroses, and rosetree.
The plants included roses (the most popular) gilliflower
, carnations, marragon lily, crocus, violet, anemone, narcissus, daisy, oleander and herbs like thyme, bergamot, fennel, rosemary, lavender, sage, origanum, basil, sweet marjoram and calamint.
Moreover, in pursuing Voltaire's theme that the size of one's metaphoric garden is less significant than the quality of care expended on it, Martin mentions Charles Dickens, the male standard of success who rapidly became the Victorian measure of literary achievement: "The prettyest Picture, in old Boz, is his description of the pleasure the sick youth took in his one Gilliflower
growing in an old earthen Pot at his window in the garret, in an obscure court in the heart of the city
25 Cornish Gilliflower
and Northern Spy are varieties of what?
Names such as Arlingham Schoolboys and Gilliflower
of Gloucester conjure up images of a time when misty autumn mornings were a sign of the changing seasons and not the results of pollution from our roads.
While many of the varieties being reintroduced have rather sweet-sounding names such as Arlingham Schoolboys, Gilliflower
of Gloucester and Port Wine Pippin, there are a few types with names which could shock.
Some maides will chuse the Gilliflower
, some the Rose,