By Arabella B. Buckley
3rd quantity within the "Eyes and No Eyes" sequence, introduces teenagers to the wonders of plants via exam of numerous vegetation, together with the cabbage, the turnip, the cucumber, and the rose. as well as changing into acquainted with the constitution of vegetation, the reader discovers how seeds develop, how bugs aid, and the way crops safeguard themselves. via this ebook childrens are encouraged to turn into prepared observers of vegetation as they gather specimens and examine vegetation of their normal habitats. Seven colour illustrations and diverse black and white drawings supplement the textual content. compatible for a long time eight and up.
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Extra resources for Eyes and No Eyes 3 Plant Life in Field and Garden
Plants want bees and flies to visit their flowers, because they carry their pollen from flower to flower. But other insects, such as ants and spiders, like honey too, and they only crawl; they rub off any dust which falls on them before they reach another flower. So they rob the flowers of their honey and do nothing in return. How do you think the plants protect themselves? In many different ways. The Teasel has a large flower-head full of honey. But the ants cannot steal it because its leaves grow opposite to each other on the stem, and join round it so that they make a little basin.
Foxgloves, Thistles, and Wild Parsley behave in this way. Lastly, you know that Snowdrops, Crocuses, Daisies, Primroses, Pansies, and Dahlias live on for many years, dying down in the autumn and coming up again in the spring. These plants send down the starch and sugar into the root, or the lower part of the stem, or into the bottom of the leaves underground. Some of them grow more than two years before they try to flower. They are like people who save when they are young, and always go on saving, so that they have something to spare.
It can only have one bud on the top where the stem begins. So the Potato cannot be a root. Neat time you dig up some potatoes for dinner, look at the roots carefully before you shake off the potatoes. You will then see that each potato grows at the end of a white stalk, very different from the roots. For a potato is a swelling at the end of a stem, which grows underground. It is a "tuber" like the Jerusalem Artichokes, which I expect you also have in the garden.