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

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 9: May, 1940,   pp. [241]-272

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controls such a large percentage 
of those found in the ordinary 
flower garden that it is superior 
to other insecticides for this rea- 
son. Certain insects may require 
special study and treatment. 
  Perennials Survive the Winter 
Well. This has veen a very good 
winter for perennials, is a state- 
ment we hear at many garden 
club meetings. Many gardeners 
report that this is one of the best 
winters we have had and that 
very few plants have died. 
  Why is this true? There are 
probably two important reasons. 
First, we had a fairly warm, (try 
fall. In fact, many people thought 
it was too dry, and then we had 
snow before the real cold weath- 
er came. The snow stayed on 
well. It did not thaw and become 
icy, and consequently, protected 
the plants from the cold when it 
did come. 
  In our opinion, there are two 
requirements for good wintering 
of perennials, which includes the 
semi-hardy kinds such as holly- 
hocks, canterbury bells, prim- 
roses, foxglove, etc. First we 
should have dry conditions as on 
a raised bed which sheds water. 
Second, we must cover the plants 
well with a mulch which remains 
dry. The mulch must be deep 
enough to keep the plants warm. 
We know    that under a good 
heavy mulch at least three inches 
deep the temperature of the soil 
rarely drops lower than about 27 
degrees F. even during coldest 
weather. If, however, the mulch 
soaks up with moisture during a 
rain or melting snow and then 
freezes, the cold may penetrate 
through the ice and kill the 
  If we can keep our plants dry 
and then keep them warm with 
a mulch, we can winter many 
more varieties than we have 
thought possible. 
        Zinnias Popular 
  This year State Radio Station 
WHA distributed seed given them 
by the Wisconsin Horticultural 
Society of the Zinnia variety Il- 
lumination. The seed was sent to 
those who responded following 
an announcement over the Home- 
vmker's Hour, Garden Club of 
the Air, on Tuesday, April 23rd. 
There is a great deal of interest 
in zinnias, and the variety Il- 
lumination is very popular be- 
cause it is deep rose color. 
   In addition to the dahlia flow- 
 ered or California Giants which 
 are quite similar, there are many 
 varieties which are equally good 
 in smaller kinds. The little Mexi- 
 can zinnias are very attractive. 
 Zinnia linearis is a small one, ex- 
 cellent for an edging plant. A new 
 one is the Navajo or Gaillardia 
 flowered zinnia. The Fantasy type 
 is very, popular and the Crown of 
 Gold in pastel tints are very at- 
 -H. J. Rahmlow. 
         BOOKS PAY? 
P ERHAPS this question has 
   arisen in your organization. 
Let me quote Mrs. R. J. Kaiser, 
Secretary of the Watsau Garden 
  "Otr experience last year 
proved that the yearbooks are 
very worth while. They not only 
make possible a more interesting 
and varied program, but bring 
our members to the meetings 
prepared to profit and contribute 
to the day's program." 
  Thank you, Mrs. Kaiser, and 
congratulations Wausau, on your 
varied program for 1940. 
  Remember the Wisconsin Con- 
s e r v a t i o n Commission, State 
Capitol, Madison, has available 
splendid slides and motion picture 
films of interest to all members. 
-Mrs. E. A. Klussendorf. 
  Farmer Hawkes -     Ephraim, 
does your mule ever kick you? 
  Ephraim-Well, boss, he ain't 
ebber kicked me, but he kicks 
quite frequent in de place whar 
Ah's jes' been. 
  What Kind of Member Am I? 
(Give yourself 10 points for each 
question to which you can answer 
1. Am I a real dirt gardener, 
    i.e., do I actually grow flow- 
    ers ? 
 2. Do I pay my dues promptly? 
 3. Do I attend every meeting if 
 4. Am I on time? 
 5. Do I answer roll call as re- 
    quested ? 
 6. Do I cheerfully pay fines 
    when I incur them? 
 7. Am I a willing and depend- 
    alle worker on committees? 
 S. Do I refrain from destructive 
    criticism of leaders? 
 9. Do I make a real effort to 
    give a creditable performance 
    when I am on the program ? 
10. Am I unfailingly loyal to the 
    aims and traditions of my 
  I suggest that each of us sit 
right down and figure up our 
score ! 
-From Bulletin of N a t i o n a I 
Council of State Garden Club 
  The saxophone is an ill wind 
that nobody blows good.-Ran- 
som Sherman. 
   Cardboard Vase Cover 
     For Flower Shows 
One-piece, lock-type, cone-shape, 
in Gray, Black, White or Tan 
   One-piece shipping boxes 
      3x3x5 for 12 bulbs 
    3%x3¼x5y4 for 25 bulbs 
      5x4x7 for 50 bulbs 
      6x6x8 for 100 bulbs 
 Samples and prices on request 
        BOX CO. 
      Sheboygan, Wis. 
May, 1940 

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