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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 12: August, 1911,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.3 MB)

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                            Official Organ Of the Wisconsin State Horticultural
Vol. 1                                             August, 1911         
                                    No   12 
          NATIVE PLANTS 
  You men~ltion ill [Iof'OWIIt'I.Tru'I{E thalt 
  W, wish for plhotois of liorti('llt lal 
  -,.'nes. I've takenl one purposely to 
-1id tO YOU for pubdlic'ation if it is 
,_,,,d enough. It i., 11Y Jllrt'nts' ]ole.n. 
lHre is an exoniple of what can lbe 
,hle with ai slnall outlay of capital 
it the shruilbery line.  On the left 
-uiiec (native), wild native plahn, at 
Iwer corner    if porch purple lila,. 
l~ses in hlhonni )ii left, are the ',ii- 
Moll white dIouble rose (ia beauty. I 
dlo't know the riute); to right is a 
l'hinp (of ,,oniiii pink wild roses, 
2 plant I    took  from   a  mneadow 
lhere over twenty years ago; betweVn 
the roses   is old-fashioned  striped 
urass; some beehives in lower left 
hand corner; English ivy on por'h; 
:1 dilapidated Gen. Grant crab     iii 
right foreground, also biix elder. lit 
the rear of house not in picture are 
soime native soft maple and also a 
heavy bitter-sweet screen.   Without 
ti us decoration of native trees and 
,rrubs and coninmion vines the place 
i 1,uht seem very desolate and unat- 
tLi tive, as it is it is "honm." 
  Florists have often said that any 
ti ower, to be popular and   valuable, 
oluld be perfect in these five points: 
u lity -v f fn'mll, lean iy ovf ciilor', fril- 
-I'an('e'.e,      and adaptability as 
a cut tlower. 
  'Tliink it over and see what flower, 
will fill this list. out~side of the peJony. 
The rose coni.i, fairly near, but it is 
weak as a rule in hardiness; the saine 
is true of tlie lily. The gladiolus could 
fill the bill xexept for its lack if fra- 
granlce. Ill facl, the only flower that 
will fNlfill all the conditions is the 
hwony. It is tli hlrdiest ,f all flow- 
ers, hls a   leli.ioies fragrance, will 
keep for i a wiekl as a cut flowier, and 
there is no ither flower that will (equal 
it iii gorgeous iolor, heautifil foirm 
and iiilii ise, size. It will groxw and 
dol  i for anyvone and in any soil. It 
is cheap emoulgh that the inlod-st cotf- 
tnge 1'-1dhi forl' to have a few .hoiee 
(']liii iii, 
  I wish I ciiilid put half it loziji1 
'inituijis o17 hbautiful ii eonies ini every 
hare and forlorn looking farim yard in 
the  I 'nited iStites.  I undr(les ] :nd 
thousands of themn have not a sign of 
Ti flower, or beauty of any kind. 
  'Ilie peony has been called tile flower 
for the linillion and the millionaire. 
I'lie miillionaire could have no finer 
tiower, and lii flower would do so well 
for the ilntion average gardener. 
Thll! plant., can be sit eithir in the 
spring or fall. hut setting theui in the 
spring, should lie set very early; if svt 
in the f'all, they  will  iftten  Ihl,,ill  the 
Beautiful Suburban home of H. C. Melcher, 
first s-prilg, ind uilwasv by the ]text 
   If s .- as hardy as Tin oak, lives for 
years, ge t.ý better with ige, inw'ds no 
protetioni, will grow in mny good soil 
anid ]llas absolutely noi discllas(,, ,l' ill- 
sec!(t ellenlies, 
     I' I,TI'I .Al,  lIN'S  (N  lI'ONIES. 
   Peoniu'.s wvill grow in lily soiI that 
xwill grow polatmi.'s or colnilllol garl'din 
st utff. 
  -No sljwcial lpleCliritiu of' tile so)il 
is ieu'eded. hut if ens' it shouil lie 
well du~g 11p. fth' lille il,s i',,r- ally" kind 
of plants. 
   Rich soil is if course la-st, but it, 
should not bl filled with fresh ralik 
manure. Old, rotten uuanure worke-d 
into the so il ini snlall tluint itic. vould 
he lTll right. 
  lhtiivy siil is bsetter tilhiTn  light. 
Thiu. sandy soil is Io good. If yours 
is that waiy, wvork in solin' black siiil 
and clay. 
  Moist soiil is lwst, lot Shiuld not be 
xvet, soilr or soggy. 
  The peony is perfectly hardy and 
never winter kills.  Alternate thaw- 
ing and   freezing  of wet soil will 
sometimes heave the plants out, so it 
is a good plan to mulch heavily with 
strawy ninuilre hite in the fall. 
Not merely a house but a home 

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