• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flower-bud a bud with the unopened flower
    • ***


  • Robert Herrick
    Robert Herrick
    “Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. flour (Fr. fleur)—L. flos, floris, a flower.


In literature:

The staminate flowers push out from the lateral buds at the same time the new shoot develops from the terminal one.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
The distinctive characters of the bud and flower are also very well marked by the Assyrian artists.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
But they are like the immature buds of the flower, and need time for a perfect development.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
The grass was green, and the air full of the scent of buds and flowers.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
My seventh is in bud, but not in flower.
"Harper's Young People, April 27, 1880" by Various
She robbed the bush of only its most perfect flowers, for though there were many buds but few were developed.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Unfortunately, the plants shed bolls as well as buds and flowers, in great numbers.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous
It was springtime, and the buds were just bursting into flower.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
There is no country where trees bud or flowers bloom that I will not cry in before the year goes round.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
But flower and dream, like youth itself, are buds and prophecies.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
The thorn budded, and still flowers, it is said, in winter.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
In this way, in plants, are formed the leaves, flowers, buds, branches, trunk, bark, etc.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
She was only exhibiting the natural parade of a lovely bud spreading itself into a perfect flower.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
If kept dormant beyond this period their flower-buds blast.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
Prune back hard after flowering and fully expose to the sun to ensure plenty of flower buds.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Like a bud just before it bursts into flower.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
There is no country where trees bud or flowers bloom, that I will not cry in before the year goes round.
"Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls" by Anna Cogswell Tyler
The bud opens into the blossom, the flower matures into the fruit.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
The rosy bud of genius, on the poor man's tree, too often opens into a lean and ghastly flower.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
The flowering takes place in early spring, before the leaf-buds have burst.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step

In poetry:

Life's stormy surge had scarcely touched
Her blooming, beauteous brow,
When rudely torn from earthly bliss,
A budded, broken flower.
"The Grafted Bud" by Mary Weston Fordham
From louring clouds pour'd down the rain,
Which on the earth did fall;
The trees and flowers did bud again,
Nature renewed them all.
"On The Weather, 1819" by Susannah Hawkins
"Glorious is the prize of Duty,
Though she be 'a serious power';
Treacherous all the lures of Beauty,
Thorny bud and poisonous flower!
"The Elder's Rebuke" by Emily Jane Bronte
Every bud is filled to bursting
With its future fruit and flower:
Hearts of men! are ye not thirsting
For the fruit of Freedom's hour?
"A Song For May" by Ernest Jones
One little flower has withered and died,
A bud near ready to bloom,
Its life on earth is marked with pride;
Oh, sad it should die so soon.
"Little Libbie" by Julia A Moore
I would not miss the flower
Budded in the shower
That lives to lighten all the wealthy scene
Where rain has been,
That blossoms after pain!
"Rain" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

The effects of average daily temperature on time to flower and number of flower buds (at first flowering) in ageratum .
Not with buds, but with regular, wide-open magenta flowers, the kind she had hoped to see in April, and didn't.
BLUEFIELD — Tiny green buds are shooting up in the flower bed.
It seems as if summer just started, but plants including lilac, rhododendron and dogwood have already set flower buds for next year.
Exotic, unique, orchid-like flowers of vibrant yellows, pinks, and magenta emerging from teardrop buds.
Mild January temperatures are beginning to fool trees into swelling their winter buds with hidden flowers.
We have about two months to prune before new flower buds are formed for next spring.
We've talked before about these tiny little insects that damage rose buds with their feeding, but a variety of other garden flowers are also being attacked.
Just in case you haven't noticed flowers are up, trees are budding, and I swear I heard someone running a lawn mower the other day.
John Hogan MLive.com Mums begin to bloom six to eight weeks after flower buds are set.
Developing seeds inside apples send strong signals to apple shoots telling them not to set flower buds for the next year.
Prune off damaged flowers, buds, foliage, or terminal growth and discard in the trash.
Hibiscus can fail to set flower buds or will abort unopened buds because of too much nitrogen fertilizer, hot and dry weather, or insect infestations.
"The Lilies" made their debut in 2001, known for their spectacular and long lasting flowering buds.
Effects of average daily temperature on time to flower and number of flower buds in petunia.