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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist: issued monthly, under the management of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the purpose of disseminating the horticultural information collected through the agency of the society
Vol. I, No. 6 (August 1896)

Cranefield, Frederic
Notes on flowers,   pp. 31-32 ff. PDF (911.4 KB)


Page 31


NOTES ON P"LOWERS.
uf his friends spend for cigars. and maybe for liquor, and use
it to add. to the attractions of the wild wood, a fountain sup-
lie6d from  the xvind-mill tank-  This will it, a hp6i iitv sn"It
and a pleasure r( sort for the entire neighborhood. and thus
bv this wild -v>ood, lessons of nature. wvith love of home and
love of country- will be taught quite- as effectually as by burn-
in" fire crackers and the noise of gun powder.
The duties and realities of life may take young men and
mnaidens from the old home but they wvill never forget the
t.avrrd memories, and the return visits will be the more fro-
quent because of this "Bit of Wild Wood."
NOTES ON FLOWERS.
By Frederic Cranefield.
The liose and wvatering can are in great demand about this
tine of the year. The lawn is sprinkled, the flower beds art
slrinkled and all is sprinkle, sprinkle!  How grateful the
gralss And flowers wouli be if they could be watered just for
olnce!
If a flower bed is thoroughly watered once a week morte
go Td will result than from a dail sprinkling that only serves
to wet the surface to the depth of an inch or less, encouraging
the growth of rootlets near the surface. The surface of all
beds should be level.
Supply a quantitv of water that would be sufficient to cover
the bed to a depth of three inches. Do not be alarmed if the
surface becomes muddy but keep on until the soil is wet about
the roots of the plants. The surface should be broken as soon
as it begins to get dry.
Alany other points about the garden culture of flowers oc-
cur to me but nothing to my mind is of as much importance
,as this. Water thoroughly or not at all. The same is true of
watering grass.
The black aphis is quite sure to be paying close attention
to chrysanthemums at this season. The "filthy weed" is very
effective in driving them away. Very fine tobacco dust sprin-
:, I


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