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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
is the mignon gracilis, popular because of its profuse fiery scarlet
blossoms and sure growth. There are many rex varieties, with
variegated red bronze, red and silver white leaves and dwarf vernom
flowering at a height of four inches which makes it especially valuable
when begonias are to be ranged in graded heights. The tuberous-
rooted begonia flowers with a perfect rosette of form, either single
or double and in every possible color variety.
EGONIAS are seldom strictly true to type, having an apparent
      delight in individual experimenting. The blossoms may often
      be seen rising from mid-stem of a beautiful leaf or showing
freakishly from the side of the main stalk. The plant seems to have an
unusual degree of individuality, temperament if one may so express it,
so that its friend can never be sure of its mood from day to day.
   Azaleas make another fascinating conservatory plant. An azalea
house in full bloom makes one of the most beautiful of all indoor
gardens. They are one of the most satisfactory of all flowers for
forcing and for gorgeous range of color. They have the virtue also
of being in full bloom for the Christmas holidays so that they not
only make excellent gifts but are much in demand for decorative
purposes of all kinds. The varieties are too numerous to be men-
tioned, each grower having his own special list of names.
   Antirrhinums, almost the rival of the sweet pea for delicacy and
variety of coloring, if started in a cold frame will make a delightful
showing through all the winter months. The tall graceful spikes
give them decorative value as a house plant as well as for greenhouse
display.
   The long, tube-shaped, fragrant nicotiana can be grown in the
greenhouse from seed. An arrangement of nicotiana in a vase is
peculiarly effective. As potted plants they are not quite as satis-
factory; but massed in the greenhouse with the splendid mixture of
crimson, lilac, purple, violet, flesh color, they make a splendid
showing. There are many hybrids now on the market, the growers
endeavoring to make the flowers larger and the plant more bushlike.
There is a small flowering dwarf nicotiana now on the market. The
flowers remain open all day, are delightful and fragrant, and the tip
of the highest flower will not be over eighteen inches in height.
   The old-fashioned gillyflower or stock as it is better known, is
a half-hardy annual, that if started from seed early enough can be
made to furnish profusion of bloom during almost the entire winter.
It can be massed in a large bed or grown individually for a pot flower.
The ten-week stock is a splendid, strong, pyramidal plant, bearing
thick spikes of yellow, crimson, blue or white flowers and should
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