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"How oft doth an emblem-bud silently tell
What language could never speak half so well."

Cut from bright orange four wax petals for each blossom: colour the
edges, and vein each a rich brown (crimson powder and cake sepia). Press
the finger in the centre of every petal, for the purpose of giving a
crumpled appearance.

Use a piece of middle size wire; cover it with green wax, and affix to
the end four stamina, made in the following manner: Double along the end
of a sheet of lemon wax (a narrow fold); cut the stamina short and fine;
colour the ends with my lemon powder. Place the petals immediately
under; putting them on so as to form a square. The calyx is cut from
green wax passed round the tube of the flower, and coloured afterwards
with the same brush that has been used for the flower. The buds are made
of solid wax; some green, others orange; and painted with the rich brown
in various shades. In the largest buds, leave the orange points free
from paint, at the point peeping from beneath the dark calyx.

There cannot be a more natural looking flower than the last described,
if modelled neatly, and well in regard to colour; at the same time, I
must remind my pupils that none can look worse if badly executed.

Having now submitted what I consider a fair selection from spring
flowers, I will proceed to those which we may observe at a later period,
commencing with the rhododendron. This is one of a class of flowers
which I admire most particularly in nature, and also find extremely
useful in an artistic point of view. Its form is peculiarly eligible in
grouping, and its value increased from the fact, that it is cultivated
at the present time in such great varieties of shades and colours. I do
not know that I can experience a greater treat than to visit the
Botanical Gardens, Regent's Park, when their show of American plants is
on view; and I would recommend my pupils to devote some time to perfect
themselves in flowers that afford such great variety; and as instruction
as to the formation of one conveys the same for all, except as to
varying the colour, I do not feel that I could choose a more
advantageous specimen of floriculture for imitation.

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