Siberian Iris

A mid season colorby F. W. Cassebeer Friends and family who visit my garden when the Iris is bloom, often exclaim, “Aren’t these colorful! What type of Iris are they?” They are referring to the Siberian Irises, which are planted in long drifts above the bog garden path. Apparently, for all their graceful beauty, with flowers poised like resting butterflies […]

Growing bulbs to flower indoors

If you plan it, you can cut winter short. You can order spring to come to your house 8 to 12 weeks early. Do this simply by adopting the florists’ methods of forcing tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths into bloom weeks ahead of normal season outdoors. Buy your bulbs in the fall. Keep them dry and in a cool spot between […]

Grow Poinsettias for next Christmas

Grow Poinsettias for next Christmas By D. Leeth The real gardener derives his satisfaction from his ability to nurse plants along every step of their growth to their ultimate flowering glory. However, the greatest thrill is enjoyed by those who have succeeded in coaxing bloom from one of the plants considered difficult for the average gardener. Such a plant is […]

Heat, Drought and Roses

Heat, Drought and Roses By R. M. Hatton Just what we will get from our Roses during the trying month of July will depend on how the beds were prepared before planting, and whether the plants have been kept free from disease and kept well fed and watered up to date. If the plants are healthy and the weather is […]

Lily-of-the-Valley Tree

Lily-of-the-Valley Tree By LOUISE WEICK. (Calif.) When misty trade-winds dump their cool gray fogs over the Golden Gate during midsummer, that is the time when the Lily-of-the-Valley Tree adorns itself with myriads of small ivory white bells that toss their perfume on the air as the boughs play with the breezes. Having practically no competitors among flowering trees at that […]

Gardening and Fall Planting for October

Gardening and Fall Planting for OctoberBy C. Grayson Fall planting must begin in earnest now. The finer perennials that are planted this month will provide strong root growth and give early spring flowers. Delphiniums and Campanulas are very striking and even though they grow for only one season from two-year plants, they are worth the trouble and expense Columbines (Aquilegias), […]

Peony Tips for June

Peony Tips for June By G. W. PEYTON Sping was a long time coming this year. As a result it now looks as though few Peonies will be in bloom north of the Potomac and Ohio Rivers before June. Attention is called to the May Peony Tips, many of which are also applicable to June. Cultivate often enough to keep […]


Platycodons By O. R. TIEMANN, (MO.) July is a difficult month for most flowers but the lovely Platycodons seem not to mind its heat at all. We could not be without them at that trying time to produce blossoms both to brighten the borders and for cool bouquets. The flowers are bell-shaped or sometimes open out star-shaped, large and in […]

Heirloom, Off Beat Vegetables

by M. Carlton The women who says she doesn’t care for vegetable gardening ought to try some off beat crops that are fun to grow. There isn’t much that is stimulating about cabbage for winter storage, or potatoes no better than the ones you can buy at the corner grocery. Yet even cabbages and potatoes are fun to grow, if […]

Double Hollyhocks for Your Perennial Border

  Double Hollyhocks for Your Perennial Border by J. LOWE All gardeners are familiar with tall single hollyhocks which can be used so effectively to screen an ugly view, or to soften the harsh lines of a bare wall. But few realize that the single variety has an even richer looking more stately relative-the double hollyhock. Unlike the single with […]