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TEXAS IN 1850.

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the prairies present, during the season of flowers. It
seems as if the earth has poured forth her innumerable
treasures to deck herself in her most gorgeous attire.
A traveller, passing through Texas, during the
months of April and May, would not fail of pronouncing
it to be the most charming spot on earth. Every
variety of flower is abundant, presenting a scene calculated
to awaken a passion for natural objects, in
bosoms which have never before loved to admire the
wonderful works of creation.
Those plants, which in the North are regarded as
the choicest exotics, grow in Texas spontaneously; but
by transplanting into gardens, their beauty is greatly
heightened. A rich source of pleasure is presented to
those persons who delight in the cultivation of flowers.
So little care is requisite, and the attention is so amply
rewarded, it appears that the neglect of attention to
the cultivation of flowers in Texas, must evidently be
regarded as a want of good taste.
Nothing presents a greater evidence of refinement
than a tasteful adornment of dwellings and their environs,
with trees and flowers; and it would be a great
advance towards refined and decent civilization in Texas,
if more attention were paid to the transplanting of forest
trees and shrubbery around the buildings. It would
improve greatly the appearance of the towns and villages.
In the North great pains are taken for this purpose,
merely for ornament, but in the " sunny South," shade
trees answer the double purpose
ornament and use.
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