The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
The "P.R." Letter Bag
Volume 13, 1902, pg. 750
[The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of Correspondents.]
Dear Editor,--The 24th of May has for many years been the festival that heralded the coming of summer, that we felt we could not give it up after the death of our beloved Queen. It has, therefore, been set apart by the Government as a holiday, and is called Victoria Day. This year the holiday season lasted from Friday morning until Monday night, so we decided to spend it at a farm in the depths of the country in the northern part of Ontario. We explored the neighbouring woods and were delighted with the flowers; the names of some of them may interest your readers. We found great numbers of the beautiful pink and white Trilium (Erythrocarpum); beds of lovely wild Phlox, of a pretty lilac colour; large patches of May apple flowers, under their great leaves, which the children call "umbrellas"; violets, white, Viola canadensis, a particularly noticeable variety, with rather long stalks; yellow, Viola pubescens; a blue in every shade, Viola obliqua, but unfortunately without any scent. Some parts of the woods were quite bright with the greater celandine (Chelidonium majus), a very showy handsome plant; the beautiful columbines (Aquilegia canadensis) were just coming out and there were some large Indian turnips (Arisaema triphyllum). On the fallen trees which had lain in the swamp for years most lovely ferns were to be found, beautiful maiden hair, a fern very like but not exactly the same as the beech fern. I have not been able to identify it exactly. Numbers of marsh ferns, and lovely specimens of the male and lady ferns; also the Bracken and Osmunda regalis. In some places were bits of the brightest scarlet, which we found were a sort of fungus, and with the green mosses and lichens looked very ornamental, though the pretty white flowers were gone. The meadow rue, Thalictrum dioicum, is almost like a fern, so delicate is its foliage. White flowers attracted our attention, and we found they were the flowers of the Pepper root, and further on, pretty daisy looking flowers that we called "Robin's Plantain," Erigeron bellidifolius. Another time I might make a list of some of the flowers which grow in Canada and in England, and some which only grow in Canada, as far as I know.
Dear Editor,--May I, as a member of the Library Committee of the P.N.E.U., deputed by the rest, say to friends and readers, through the medium of the Parent's Review, how great a book it would be if those who possess and have themselves finished with a book included in the Mothers' Educational Course would be so kind and charitable as to present it to the P.N.E.U. Library, addressed
Trusting that this matter will meet with favourable responses,
Typed by happi, Feb. 2021; Proofread by LNL, Apr. 2021
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