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

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 10: June, 1940,   pp. [273]-304


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2V I S C 0 N S I N  11I )    R T I t LU I  T U R F, 
Mrs. C. E. Strong 
I wandered lonely as a cloud 
  That floats on high o'er vales 
      and hills, 
When all at once I saw a crowd, 
  A host of golden daffodils, 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees. 
Fluttering and dancing in the 
      breeze." 
               --Wordsworth. 
T HEY were not beside a lake 
lut on a rocky bank-one cold 
morning in May - with black 
clouds threatening rain-and at 
once the sun seemed to shine. We 
stopped finding fault with the 
weather and found a host of 
pleasant things to think and talk 
about, especially daffodils-white, 
cream, yellow and golden shades 
-with their long     season  of 
bloom. One variety interested 
me specially, first because of its 
size and beauty, and then its 
name-John Evelyn, an Incom- 
parabilis. It was 4 to 6 inches 
across, with a nearly flat, grace- 
fully frilled cup fully 2 inches in 
diameter. The pure white of the 
perianth enhances the richly flut- 
ed and curved yellow cup. A very 
tame description, considering the 
beauty of the flower. John Eve- 
lyn for whom this daffodil was 
named, was an English writer 
born at Wotten in Surrey in 1620 
-died there in 1720. He publish- 
ed numerous works, amongst 
them treatises on gardening. 
  He advocated the use of fruits 
and vegetables in salads, using 
herbs and even the petals of flow- 
ers for seasoning and garnish- 
ment. 
  The petals of the Tagetes 
Marigold he recommended as be- 
ing good to look at as well as 
good tasting in various salads. 
I am glad to be able to agree 
with this gardener of three hun- 
dred years ago-and am sure you 
will agree with me as to the 
beauty of the John Evelyn daffo- 
dil. 
   HERE AND THERE IN 
          GARDENS 
T HERE has been considerable 
   winter killing  of climbing 
roses-many of them had to be 
pruned almost to the ground. 
Floribundas were not frozen at 
all. In my own garden the rabbits 
pruned the Floribundas until one 
more bite would have caused 
them to disappear entirely. They 
served the Brooms in the same 
way-in spite of the Brooms be- 
ing protected with wire guards. 
How they manage it is a mystery 
to me. 
         Good Shrubs 
  Japanese Cherries lived nicely 
and at this time, May 10th, are 
well set with buds. Redbuds and 
Amelanchier Canadensis are also 
covered with buds. Magnolias 
Soulangeana and Stellata where 
grown   in this vicinity, have 
thrived. Azalea Mollis are alive 
to the tips and well set with buds. 
Comus Kousa, which I have had 
hopes of seeing in bloom some 
day-decided life was not worth 
living in the spot last given, too 
dry I think. Well-we will just 
have to try once more. 
  BUT - three Crepe Myrtle 
bushes planted last spring, have 
evidently decided to live-as the 
roots are plump and green, tops 
are frozen. However they will 
bloom on new growth, SO--we 
arc hoping. 
  Several varieties of Vitex are 
alive to the tips, both in shelter- 
ed and exposed situations. Tree 
Peonies are well set with buds. 
  Japanese Iris came thru nicely 
with no protection as did Chrys- 
anthemums. Even Aladdin lived 
in protected situations. 
        Good Perennials 
  Yellow Delphiniums lived and 
are coming strongly. It will be 
nice to see this attractive Del- 
phinium in gardens again. Bud- 
dleia lie de France seems to be 
a very hardy variety, growing al- 
most as strongly as a Lilac. 
  Forsythias were a disappoint- 
ment in general this spring. We 
may have to take an old garden- 
er's advice and tie them up with 
corn stalks. "It's not handsome 
for a covering, but it's effective," 
he used to say. 
  There should be good showings 
of Canterbury Bells this season, 
judging by the thrifty groups 
seen in many gardens. We should 
grow more of the perennial va- 
rieties. Baron Solemacher straw- 
berries are very much alive in 
spite of the warning that their 
hardiness was doubtful. 
     Plan For Fall Bloom 
  You will want to start planning 
your fall garden now-be sure 
to order the fall asters and chrys- 
anthemums now, and keep a 
sharp pencil and note book in 
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June, 19401 


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