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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Elliott, Chas.
Perennials and annuals for the farm home,   pp. 50-53 PDF (850.3 KB)

Page 51

cropped lawn attended by beautiful flowers. I have in mind
such a farmhouse that is tended by two sisters whose brothers
follow the vocation of fruit growers. These sisters each spring
gather up the leaves that form a natural protection for the
plants and at the same time sow the seeds of annuals. Each
week they mow the lawn that is surrounded by old fash-
ioned annuals that furnish flowers from frost to frost. There
are Peonies and Phlox, Asters and Marigolds, Hollyhocks
and Goldenglow, Gladiolus and Tiger lilies and what not. There
is a scene like home about this farm home and the income these
ladies derive from their poultry is largely supplemented by the
sale of boquets to the campers along the shore of our beautiful
lake. A fellow delegate advised me to commence my paper with
some little love story; here however I fall down and prefer
rather to proceed at once to call your attention to the perennial
class of plants.
Perennials are plants that live more than two years. Their
other name is "legion" for they are many but I will only enu-
merate those that are popular, perfectly hardy and easy to ob-
tain and I will endeavor to include in my list the ones that
will give a succession of flowers the whole season.
The flower we most appreciate is not the last rose of summer
but the first flower of spring and I remember how last spring we
watched a small round bed from the east window of our cottage.
These were hardy primroses edged with Snow on the Mountain
(Arabis Alpina) and when those little flowers came how we loved
them because there was no others. I want to recommend both
these little flowers to you. They bloom in April and May. One
of the earliest of perennials that I very much appreciate is the
Doronicum often called "Leopards Bane." It is not so well
known as it deserves to be. It has large daisy-like flowers of a
beautiful yellow shade and appear in company with the better
known bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabile).  Both these de-
serve a place in any garden.
I will next call your attention to the Peony which is attaining
the popularity it richly deserves. It is so early to flower, so
beautiful in bloscom and so easily managed that it will well re-
pay the cost incurred in purchasing roots. Here are a half
dozen good ones that are sold reasonably. Festiva alba, Festiva
maxima, Francois Ortegal, rubra grandiflora, Souv de la Ex-
position, Golden Harnesh.

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