Thomson, Adeline Thayer
The October planting of spring-flowering bulbs for the home yard, pp. 91-93
OCTOBER PLANTING OF SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS THE OCTOBER PLANTING OF SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS FOR THE HOME YARD: BY ADELINE THAYER THOMSON ROCUS, daffodils, tulips, narcissus -are there any flowers in all the world equaling these first messen- gers of spring? What a wealth of cheer they carry; how their courage thrills our hearts, these brave blossoms that un- fold their beauties in the very pathway of winter and laugh at chilling winds and frowning skies! Again and again, after witnessing a display of these enchanting outdoor flow- ers, the resolve is made that another season shall find them blooming within one's own yard, but for one reason and another the NARCISSUS -POETICUS." A CLUMP OF SINGLE YELLOW NARCISSUS. planting is slighted. Now, October is the ideal time for bulb planting, that class of plants which bears the first spring flowers, and the earlier they are in the ground the better, for bulbs are not only at their best at this time but root growth started in the fall insures the best flowering results in the spring. The culture of spring-flowering bulbs as a class is exceedingly worth while, for, like perennials, they winter safely in the open ground in the coldest climates and per- petuate themselves for years in ever-in- creasing attractiveness. While there are many exquisite varie- ties of spring-flowering bulbs, there are a number of old faithfuls that are especially useful in the home yard, for they combine beauty with ease of culture and general planting satisfaction. There are the white snowdrops (Galan- thus nivalis) that peep from their hiding places so early in March that often the snow still lies in huddled patches about the yard. This variety is unequaled for scat- tered planting in the lawn, as the bulbs are ripened before grass-cutting time and are therefore uninjured. Snowdrops should be used in massed planting; in no other way can their true loveliness be known and appreciated. In March, to come suddenly on a host of gay colored crocus glistening in the sun- shine, is to know at once why these THE EARLY JONQUIL. flowers are so beloved. Crocus are effec- tive worked in almost anywhere, but to thrive best they must be planted where the sun will find them. Bulbs of the crocus should be divided every third or 9'
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