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THE GARDEN MAGAZINE - May 1917 page 221

The Garden Magazine May 1917 page 221

May 1917
Front Cover / Inside Front
Inside Back / Back Cover


211 Spring Time is Lilac Time AD
More Crops from Your Garden ADs
215 Manure, Catalog ADs
216 Nursery, Bulb ADs
217 Irrigation, Greenhouse ADs
218 Nurseries, Portable Houses ADs
219 Table of Contents
220 The President to the People (Wilson's plea for gardens)
221 Among our Garden Neighbors
222 Papaya, Opal Anchusa, Cotton, Japanese Knotweed
223 Gordonia, Building a Better Home, Letters
224 The Month's Reminder
225 Summer Flower-Roots for Present Planting - Gladiolus
New Deutzias Better than Old
230 The Rockery Idea in Edgings
231 Home Vegetable Gardens A Patriotic Duty
How the Modern Lilac Came to Be
234 Victor Lemoine, Plant Hybridist
The Evolution of My Garden
237 The New Race of Hardy Astilbes
Prepare in May for Winter Flowers
Novelties in Summer Flower-roots and Bulbs
243 Flower Ads
244 The Fruit Garden -
Crown Grafting
245 Nursery ADs
How to Pot A Plant
247 Gladiolus, Evergreens, Trellis ADs
249 Lawn Mower, Nurseries ADs
250 Insurance by Protection
251 Flower ADs
252 Watermelon Stem End Rot
253 Lawn Mower, Flowers ADs
254 The Indigoferas for Late Flower
255 Shrubs, Rudyard Kipling, Humas ADs
Coming Events Club & Society News
257 Book ADs
259 Greenhouse, Birdhouse, Portable Houses, Flag Poles ADs
261 Pottery, Greenhouse, Stoves, Wire Cloth ADs
262 Companions for Larkspurs
263 War Air Generator, Listerine, Stanley, Birdhouses ADs
264 Chicken Chowder, Fence, Portable Poultry Runways, Oregon & California Railroad Co. Land Grants for Sale (2,300,000 acres)ADs


The Garden Magazine Masthead May 1917


On the Lookout.—There is nothing that I enjoy more than the exchange of experiences of other readers. It brings out many a point that is not usually found in professional articles. For what professional can foresee all the scrapes we amateurs get into? Thus I found that some of my climbers do not bloom or shed their blossoms before they open and than I see some one in the same fix and find that it is sour soil that does it. Out with the lime and we try it. I delight in scanning the advertisements of the nurseries being always on the lookout for something suitable and out of the ordinary.
   What shrub more beautiful than the Swamp Honeysuckle, a lose relative of the Azalea, but hardy and growing in our Jersey woods?
   How many readers spend sums of money for Rhododendrons which sometimes fail to grow for want of care and knowledge of their requirements? Yet right at our door is the Laurel, first cousin of the Rhododendron, hardy and grateful if you plant it in the shade with plenty of leafmold. Just go across the lot as I did last fall and get all the bloom in spring that you want. Possibly others find some other shrubs in their neighborhood that are just as accessible and handsome in appearance. I find the Holly is the hardest thing to transplant successfully,—
L.A. Malkiel, New York and Keansburg.

Is King Humbert the Best Canna?—I have tested fully one hundred varieties of Canna and have visited the Canna fields of two of the largest producers of these plants for sale critically examining the several hundred varieties while in flower with the result that I picked out King Humbert as the most magnificent dark-foilaged, red-flowered variety, of the whole lot. I planted a clump of it on each side of the steps leading to my front door. As the house is built of light cream-colored brick the contrast of big bronzy leaves and brilliant, red-flowers (most of them more than four inches across) the plants were very striking. They gave a strong emphasis to the front of the house visible the moment one turned the street corner a block away. Probably the size of the specimens was increased over the normal because I made the soil very rich with poultry manure and rather friable with sand and leafmold.—John Alexander, Illinois.


THE whole world faces a shortage in food crops this year. The resources of the grain producing countries (of which America is one) will be taxed to the utmost to feed millions of people. This is not a sensational scare; it is a cold, stern fact, proved by official figures.
   Every pound of food that is produced by those who have the opportunity to utilize small pieces of land for their own supply will help to relieve the general pressure. The Garden Neighbors are in a position of unusual opportunity to render practical aid because they are more or less skilled workers. They should largely raise their own vegetables, stimulate their neighbors to do likewise, and also coöperate with all local and national agencies to develop the home garden.
   It is the patriotic duty of every reader of The Garden Magazine to contribute his or her quota in this national crisis.

Leonard Barron

Attractive to Humming Birds.—In the April number of The Garden Magazine I read a contributor's list of flowers that are attractive to humming birds. I have learned by observation that the Red-flowering Horse-chestnut is very attractive to the ruby throat, and they will come to it from all directions when it is in full bloom. I once counted upward of twenty-five humming birds in one of these trees at the same time, and it was a beautiful and impressive sight, one that I shall never forget. Those who wish to attract the humming birds will do well to plant one or two Red Horse-chestnut trees where they can be seen from the porch.—H. G. Reading, Franklin, PA

White Pippin Apple.—I think this might be considered for the home garden because it is in season with Albemarle Pippin which it resembles, but the tree can be grown over a much greater area; it is not so finicky in its soil requirements and the fruit is of value for use late in the season. For home use and those in love with the Golden Russet we believe we have one of the finest strains of this variety which we have seen. The writer found it at an exhibit of the Connecticut Pomological Society and could not believe that it was a Golden Russet but became convinced that the entry was right and was later assured by the grower that he put up a couple of hundred barrels a year exactly like those shown and also received confirmatory evidence from the buyer who purchased the fruit and I realized that I had run across one of the finest things in this line and that it was worth saving.—Samuel Fraser, N.Y.

Concerning the "Best Pea".—In the January Garden Magazine Mr. Kains, seems to be much pleased with Sutton's Discovery Pea.
   It is true that the vine is tall and rank and the pod large but unfortunately it is not a good filler. In my test in Montana under irrigation and with ideal conditions there were about 40 per cent. of skips, hence only 60 per cent. of a full pod of peas. It might be satisfactory to the pickers who want large pods but are not so much concerned about the "peas in the pod." It may be useful in extending the picking season as it was about a month later than the first Extra Earlies, and more than two weeks later than Little Marvel.
   Mr. Kains complains that the Little Marvel is hard to pull and hard to shell. If "hard to pull," this fact would indicate the robust vigor that is necessary to give a good crop under adverse weather and moisture conditions and i f hard to shell, it proves that the pods are well filled. A half filled pod gives up easily.—
C. N. Keeney, LeRoy, N.Y.


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