The strain on the soil will be an easy one by alternating the crops, provided only that you are not chary in saturating the parched earth with rich manure, or in scattering unsightly ashes upon the exhausted fields; thus, too, your land is refreshed by changing the crops, and in the meantime there is not the unproductiveness of untilled land.—Virgil, Georgics, 37 B.C.
Where cattle may run about roving at will,
From pasture to pasture, poor belly to fill,
There pasture and cattle, both hungry and bare,
For want of good husbandry worser do fare.
—Thomas Tusser, Five Hundreth Pointes of Husbandrie, 1557.
The calicular leaves enclose the tender flowers, and the flowers themselves lie wrapped about the seeds, in their rudiment and first formations, which being advanced, the flowers fall away; and are therefore contrived in variety of figures, best satisfying the intention; handsomely observable in hooded and gaping flowers, and the butterfly blooms of leguminous plants, the low:e leaf closely involving the rudimental cod, and the alary or wingy divisions embracing or hanging ever it.—Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus, 1658.
And tryed time yet taught me greater thinges;
The sodain rising of the raging seas,
The soothe of byrdes by beating of their winges,
The powre of herbes, both which can hurt and ease;
And which be wont t'enrage the restless sheepe,
And which be wont to worke eternal sleepe.
—Spenser, Shepherd's Calendar, 1579.
Some of the Ancients, and likewise divers of the Modern Writers, that have labored in Natura Magick, have noted a Sympathy between the Sun, Moon, and some principal Stars; and certain Herbs, and Plants. And so they have denominated some Herbs Solar, and some Lunar, and such like toys put into great words. It is manifest, that there are some Flowers that have respect to the Sun in two kinds; the one by opening and shutting, and the other by bowing and inclining the Head.
Of this, there needeth no such solemn Reason to be assigned, as to say, that they rejoyce at the presence of the Sun, and mourn at the absence thereof. For it is nothing else but a little loading of the Leays, and swelling them at the bottom, with the moisture of the Air; whereas the dry Air doth extend them. And they make it a piece of the wonder, That Garden Claver will hide the Stalk,, when the Sun sheweth bright, which is nothing but a full expansion of the Leays.—Bacon, Natural History, 1625.