It is with the object of stimulating the cultivation of gardens still more beautiful than those generally to be met
with that the present volume has been written. It has not been thought necessary to repeat in each case the
times when the seeds of the various flowers and plants are to be sown. A careful attention to the remarks made
under the headings of "Annuals," "Biennials," "Perennials," and "Seed-Sowing" will supply all the
information needed. That the work may prove useful to those at least who supervise their own gardens is the
sincere wish of the author.
situation. Of the slow-growing and dwarf varieties Gregorii is a favourite. The Caerulea, or Blue Spruce, is also very beautiful. Clanbrasiliana is a good lawn shrub, never exceeding 4 ft. in height. The Pigmy Spruce (A. Pygmea) is the smallest of all firs, only attaining the height of 1 ft. Any of these may be increased by cuttings.
suitable for dry banks or rough stony places. They flourish best in sandy loam and peat, and may be increased by cuttings placed under glass. The flowers, which are green, are produced in May. The height of the various kinds varies from 3 in. to 2 ft.
Negundo Variegata has silvery variegated leaves, which contrast effectively with dark foliage, Campestre
Colchicum Rubrum, with its bright crimson palmate leaves, is very ornamental, as is also Negundo
Californicum Aurem, with its golden-yellow foliage. The Maple grows best in a sandy loam. It may be
increased by cuttings planted in a shaded situation, or by layers, but the choice varieties are best raised from
seed sown as soon as it is ripe.
5-in. pot, with their growing ends inclining to the centre and the roots to the edge of the pot, and cover them an inch deep with a compost of peat, loam, and leaf-mould, or a light, sandy soil. Keep them well supplied with liquid manure while in a growing state. Height, 6 in. to 2-1/2 ft.
bouquets. Sow in pots in February or March, cover lightly with fine soil, plunge the pot in gentle heat, place a
square of glass on the top, and gradually harden off. Seed may also be sown in the open during May or in
autumn for early flowering. Height, 1 ft.
loam and one part leaf-mould, and the situation should be dry and sunny. Seed may be sown early in March in gentle heat, and the plants grown on in a cold frame till May, when they may be planted out a foot apart. They will flower at midsummer. Winter in a warm greenhouse. Height, 2 ft. Some few are of a creeping nature.
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