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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Indoor gardening: how to keep summer the year round,   pp. 520-529 PDF (3.5 MB)


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INDOOR GARDENING: HOW TO KEEP
MER THE YEAR ROUND
has been quite an understood thing for son
now, that real homes, not just city houses, mu!
an outdoor room, a fragrant place under shad
or a blue vault of sky, the "walls" hung with
tapestries, vines and roses, with a green grass ca
a place in which one can really live, rest, sleep, b
              dine and meet friends. People spend more t
their porches, terraces, pergolas and in their garden houses 1
former years, finding there health, inspiration and continu
Houses have extended wings into gardens and gardens cree
to the outer walls of houses, even climbing up porches and
into open windows.
   We have grown so attached to garden life and to the pla
have tended through the long pleasant summer days that we
be perfectly contented to be shut away from it all through th
dark winter. So architects are being kept busy nowadays d
ways of including garden rooms in house plans. This is co
tively easy for those in the West, but in the East nothing shi
carefully considered planning of glass walls and domes, seal
heated will suffice. Conservatories were comparatively scare
years ago, but nowadays they are becoming almost necessitie
houses are being remodeled to provide indoor garden rooms,]
extended, verandas enclosed, rooms turned into sun parlors,
floored, and closed and glassed over, heating systems enlarg,
the winter may not shut us entirely away from the pleas
gardening.
   Many are the ways of outwitting winter's severe decree
gardens. Summer can be coaxed to remain as guest by
judicious management. Plants by careful selection will pr4
continuous succession of bloom throughout the winter seas,
this is not accomplished without experienced forethought.
frames must be resorted to, to guard the clippings and to sta
   The begonia, that half-hardy perennial, is a prime favo
greenhouse use because of its beautiful foliage, freakishly int
and charmingly colored blossoms. Begonias have been a I
winter plant since the Puritans attempted to found a home
bleak, new land. Their culture is of the simplest and they wil
cheerfully in the partial light of a window-box as well as in
roofed conservatory. The blossoms, in many shades of pin]
orange, scarlet, crimson and white, sometimes measure six in
diameter. When in good condition the plant will continue in
very often for weeks at a time. Among the fibrous-rooted v
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