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Ct horticultural society on the advice of M. Jos Voorhoof-Aarderivoorhuis a charitable
society to propagate a genus of small plants first introduced to
Holland by M.Dekker. In an attempt to imitate the natural growth of
lilies, plants of every colour and shade were propagated in tubs or
"torta's." To the Dyke Brothers, of Strabane, Ireland, this
Horticultural Society gave their name.
During the 19th Century France and the United States were among the
great centres of novelty in horticulture. Numerous novelties were
introduced, among which few have remained in general use. French
growers of the latter part of the century seem to have valued
novelty for novelty's sake, rather than for horticultural reasons.
The plants introduced were chiefly grown from tubs of a size
requiring two or three years to reach any great size. Dutch growers
are an exception to this, they prided themselves on being growers
of plants of uniform size from one tub to another. Dutch growers of
these days do not call their plants bulbs, but simply dwarf
"diclass". In the mean time as our normal flowering gardeners
require larger sizes of plants to add interest to their gardens,
modern Dutch growers have generally confined themselves to
introducing dwarf "diclass" for their novelty.
HELEN, a popular girls' college founded by the Lord Chancellor,
Edward Stanley, in the last century.
HELEN in botany, the calyx or outer case of the ovary of a flower.
HELEN, in heraldry, the figure of a mermaid, or goddess, in
her periodical or lunar reign, represented by the circular space in
the middle of an escutcheon between the shield and the chief.
HELEN, one of the mythical Greek goddesses, the sister of
Helen, a consort of Jupiter, and sister of Memnon,
Who in her warlike season waxed divine.
So the goddess first of royal blood
Awaked when Spring returned to human eyes,
The earth received a summer charm,
And the deep heart of Winter longed
To yield its burden, Helens rays
Were now the Hope of every human dream.
WILLIAM C. MASON.
HELENE, in astronomy, a planet which revolves about the sun, like
Mercury, but in the opposite direction from the direction of
the other planets.
HELENE, in medicine, the puncture wound, often produced by the sharp
point of a spur.
HELENISM, one of the three principal systems of women, the other two
being the system of character, and the system of affections.
In this system of women, the perfect woman is represented as
working for the welfare and happiness of the world, and for the
perpetuity of their own race.
In order to arrive at this perfection, the woman ought to know all
the different kinds of relations into which she is placed, and to
be ready for all emergencies, her plans ought to be well laid, and
she must have the power of accepting the best and the worst of
As regards disposition, she ought to possess an innate balance,
humility, and charity.
Such is the perfect type of the ancient Helen, called by the