CALOCHORTUS Mariposa Lily, Globe Tulip

CALOCHORTUS—Mariposa Lily, Globe Tulip(Calochor’tus). Beautiful flowering bulbs from western America which belong to the Lily family, Liliaceae. The flowers, which are borne on erect stems, 12-15 in. high, are very showy. Calochortus is derived from the Greek, kalos, beautiful, and chortus, grass, a reference to the form of the leaves. Calochortus is divided into two groups, popularly known as Globe […]

Caring for Birch Trees Betula

BETULA or BIRCH Graceful Trees for Garden and Landscape Planting (Bet’ula). Hardy, leaf-losing trees and shrubs which give their name to the family Betulaceae. Various kinds are found wild in Europe, Asia and North America and are conspicuous by their graceful habit and white, or otherwise attractively colored bark, which peels off in thin, papery flakes. The flowers are in […]

Greenhouse Humidity

Welcome to Backyard Gardener Humidity This term is used to express the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, as determined by a hygrometer, or by calculation from the temperatures of a wet and dry bulb thermometer. Obviously little can be done out-of-doors to deal with problems of humidity other than to choose plants to suit conditions in a particular area. […]

ROOT VEGETABLES

ROOT VEGETABLES ROOT crops are now generally considered just as essential to the welfare of our bodies during the winter months as are beans, corn, and peas during the summer months. Incidentally, while it is true that some of these root crops, like beets and carrots, are more tender if stored in cans rather than sand or soil, it cannot […]

How to make a bog garden

BOG GARDEN If there is a very damp position in the garden it may be used as the site of a bog garden for the cultivation of those plants which grow in moist or swampy ground in their native habitats. If no such site is present, construct for draining away the water to prevent its becoming stagnant. The site should […]

Maranta – Arrowroot Plant

Warm greenhouse ornamental-leaved plants which grow wild in tropical America ancl belong to the family Marantaceae. They are suitable for growing outdoors in frost-free regions only. These plants form tufts of leaves which rise straight up from the soil: they vary in height from 1-6 ft. The leaves vary in size and shape, some being oval, others lance-shaped, round or […]

Berry trees and shrubs

BERRIED TREES AND SHRUBS Many kinds of trees and shrubs are worth growing for the sake of their brightly colored fruits, apart from any other ornamental characteristics they may possess. Not all the fruits borne by the following trees and shrubs are true berries, but for the sake of convenient reference these kinds are grouped together here. Rockspray or Cotoneaster. […]

Cytsis broom shrubGarden Plants Design Information

Cytsis Broom shrub Cytisus or Broom Free Blooming Shrubs for sunny location Leaf  losing and evergreen  hardy and tender shrubs which are very beautiful when in bloom in spring and summer; they bear pealike flowers of various colors.  About fifty species are known; they are natives chiefly of the Mediterranean region and the Canary Isles.  The name Cytisus is from […]

Greenhouse Ferns Davallia Garden Plants Design Information

X Sitemap DAVALLIA — Hare’s–foot Fern (Davall’ia). Greenhouse Ferns, most of which have fleshy rhizomes that creep over the surface of the soil: the rhizomes are covered with silvery white or brown hairy scales. They have finely divided fronds which arise directly from the horizontal rhizomes and vary in length from 6 in. to 6 ft. They are natives of […]

How to plant a carrot

Carrot Cultivation Carrots do best in deep, well-cultivated sandy loam, preferably well manured for the previous crop. Fresh manure causes forking and excessive top growth. Apply a good compound fertilizer 7-10 days prior to sowing. This may be fish meal or 3 parts of superphosphate, 2 parts of sulphate of potash and 1 part of sulphate of ammonia, applied at […]