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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 7: March, 1940,   pp. [177]-208

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March, 1940 
Plants For Testing 
  Recommendations of the Horticultural Committee 
                 Merle Rasmussen, Chin. 
T HE varieties listed below have been 
    chosen as the outstanding varieties 
 for our plant testing project in 1940. 
   The selections were made by the 
 Horticulture Committee, Miss Merle 
 Rasmussen, Chairman. 
 The varieties may be purchased from 
 a number of leading nurseries. The 
 Rasmussen Nurseries, Oshkosh, Route 
 4, has reserved a supply of the plants 
 and orders may be sent there. Price 
 lists will be sent out by the Plant Test- 
 ing Committee on request. 
 Early ordering is advisable as the 
 stock is limited on sonic of the new in- 
 This new Peachbell (C. persicifolia) 
 growing 30 inches tall has large flow- 
 ers like a Gardenia in form and of a 
 beautiful blue. The plant has 5 to 8 
 flowering spikes with flowers grace- 
 fully arranged on the stem, individual 
 flowers are 2 to 3 inches in diameter. 
 The foliage is dark green and some- 
 what leathery. Grows well in any aver- 
 age garden soil with average drainage; 
 is extremely hardy and is insect free. 
 A good cut flower; June to July flow- 
 Introduced 1938; by Ruysii of Hol- 
 The first clear pink Delphinium in 
 perennial variety; excellent for border 
 and for cutting. The plant is vigorous, 
 mildew free, and grows to a height 
 of about 4 ft. It resembles the Bella- 
 donna type in appearance of foliage 
 and flower habit. The flower spike has 
 many laterals and thus the display is 
 enhanced and longer blooming period 
 results. The flowers appear in early 
 June and repeat almost continuously 
 until frost. The flowers are about an 
 inch in diameter, of light rose pink 
color and of good substance. The plants 
are   hardy  having   lived  perfectly 
through three years under observa- 
tion. Propagation is by division as the 
variety does not produce true' from 
seed. Any well drained garden soil is 
satisfactory to growth; some plant 
food should be supplied to poor soil; 
water should be given during blooming 
period; protect with usual winter cov- 
ering. The removal of old flower stalks 
should be practiced as it makes for 
stronger plant and repeated bloom. 
   Lily Brownii is a very beautiful 
 plant and might well rank with the 
 half-dozen most beautiful lilies. A 
 trumpet lily with   handsome, large, 
 well-formed flowers of good substance; 
 opening  to creamy-white somewhat 
 tinged rosy-purple on the reverse; frag- 
 rant. An excellent cut flower as flow- 
 ers last well when picked; June to 
 July flowering. The plants grow three 
 to four feet tall ; the leaves are at- 
 tractive glossy dark green, long and 
 narrow. Plant about 8 inches deep as 
 it is stem rooting; fairly easy to grow, 
 it prefers a loam soil and light shade 
 Relatively free from mosaic. Winter 
 covering of any material that does not 
 mat is desirable ; good drainage is of 
 course necessary as with all lilies. 
  This is a L. Humboldtii x L. parda- 
linum hybrid. The flowers are of the 
Martagon type-at opening they are 
star-like, then the petals reflex and 
roll back when in full bloom. The 
color is a soft buff-yellow, faintly 
flushed with red near the apex; widely 
spaced brown dots mark the petals. 
Shuksan is a vigorous grower, about 
5 ft. tall; flowers are borne in open 
heads with 15 to 20 to a stalk. Leaves 
are whorled, the margins rough to the 
touch. A healthy plant not subject to 
mosaic or other common diseases of 
the lily. Plant about 6 to 8 inches deep, 
as to soil conditions; sparsely stem- 
rooting. Good garden soil and good 
drainage with the usual winter protec- 
tion are all that is required as to 
  A hardy, large-flowered variety in- 
troduced   from   Europe. Somewhat 
spreading in habit, the plants carry a 
succession of flower spikes throug'hout 
the season, from June to frost. The 
gloxinia-like flowers are a rich gar- 
net color, are gracefully pendulous on 
stems about 18 inches tall. An excel- 
lent cut flower as they last well in 
water. During a three year test period 
it has come through the winters with 
but little protection. Good garden soil 
with a sunny situation is all that is 
  Introduced 1939. 
  -Winner of a silver medal this new 
annual proved 'exceedingly   popular. 
Blooming from July or August until 
frost it fits in nicely in the garden. 
Growing to about 4 ft. the plants will 
fit in various sections of the border; 
are pleasing in groups of three or four 
or in larger mass planting. The flow- 
cring stems are freely produced and if 
the old stalks are cut almost continu- 
ous bloom  results. The flowers arc 
semi-double and fringed, in shades of 
pink; the centers being darker, tlw 
light edge gives a very dainty effect. 
Growing in light shade the color held 
well though stalks were not as tall as 
in open garden; against a background 
of dark green the effect was excellent 
Indications that it may be a half-hardY 
plant merit such trial; easily grown 
from seed. If started indoors early and 
transplanted to pots and then to open 
garden a long period of bloom results. 
   Silver medal. 
   "The best White so far introduced" 
 is the comment of many plantsmen 
 who had this Petunia in trial plots. 
 Dwarf bedding type with bush habit, 
 growing 12 inches high and 12 to 15 
 inches across; neatly rounded plants 
 covered with flowers over the sides 
 and top. The flowers are 2Y2 inches 
 in diameter, shaped like a five pointed 
 star and are a soft creamy white deep- 
 ening toward the throat to a golden 
 yellow. Very free blooming, of uni- 
 form habit and absolutely true as to 
 type it is an excellent plant for the 
 bordering of beds; the soft coloring 
 %kill blend well with all colors. 
            ROSE SONIA 
  This perpetual flowering rose is a 
  Horvath hybrid, an intercross with R. 
  multiflora and R. canina parentage. 
  The flowers are glowing cherry-red 
  with orange center, with 30 to 36 pet- 
  als and of good size; very profuse 
  blooming, flowers are borne singly and 
  in clusters the entire summer. The 
  plant is of rugged habit, a strong 
grower, and is seldom affected by the 
usual rose maladies; foliage is a glau- 
cous green and healthy. Growing to 
24 or 30 inches, rather spreading in 
habit-to 2 ft. across, it is adaptable 
to bed or border planting. 
  Dedicated to the 1939 New     York 
World's Fair this rose was most popu- 
lar with the many people who saw it 
in the beds there; was awarded first 

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