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THE GARDEN MAGAZINE - May 1917 page 227

The Garden Magazine May 1917 page 227 dahlias

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


(cont'd) Summer Flower-Roots for Present Planting    G.W. Kerr  Pennsylvania

Provide now for the great displays of late summer and fall—how to manage for successions of bloom till the time of frost—practical combinations


Type of single Dahlia. Very useful for interior decoration and cut flowers.

Type of single Dahlia. Very useful for interior decoration and cut flowers

   As early, free and continuous flowering varieties, which can be thoroughly depended upon in any season, try the following:


Hortulanus Budde, coppery red.
Baron G. de Grancy, pure white.
Glory of Baarn, soft pink.
King Leopold, lemon-yellow.
Miss G. Keeling, light rose.
Mrs. Hugh Dickson, rich salmon.
Mrs. W.E. Whinery, rich rose.
Single Century in variety. These are particularly showy and have flowers of great size.


Delice, lovely rose-pink, one of the best.
Jack Rose, rich deep crimson.
Lyndgurst, scarlet, an old favorite.
Minnie Burgle, the finest red decorative.
Perle du Parc, pure white.
Bertha von Suttner, mauve-pink.


Countess of Londsdale, salmon-pink.
Marjorie Castleton, rosy-pink.
Miss Willmott, orange and yellow.

Floradora, rich crimson.
Morning Glow, yellow and amber.
T.G. Baker, yellow.
The foregoing are what might be termed "garden varieties," where plenty of flowers are the first consideration. From May or June planting they will bloom late August and early September.

Primulinus hybrid gladiolas

Among the modern Gladiolus types none are more distinct nor more useful as all around flowers than the "primulinus hybrids" in shades of yellow flushed rose and pink

Pompon Dahlias

The Pompon is a diminutive replica of the old fashioned Show type; flowers are here shown about natural size

   Perfect flowers—flowers which will be thrown well above the foliage, which can be seen—means disbudding regularly, a practice which is necessary with all the cactus, large double Show and Decorative types of the Dahlia. Disbudding is not necessary with the Single, Collarette and Pompons, nor indeed with many of the Peony flowered types. Disbudding is quite simple. It is merely nipping out the smaller buds that surround the main bud on the central stalk, thus allowing only the strongest, largest bud to develop into a flower. Pinching back the lateral shots will also help. It is unfortunate that many of the finest Cactus flowered varieties "hang" their flowers so that while on the plant only the back is exposed to view. These, of course, should be grown only when the object is the development of the flower for itself. For garden, decorative, or even for interior decoration of cut flowers, these weak-necked brothers had better be avoided. When wanted primarily for decorative purposes, the gardener will  plant freely of the Peony flowered, the single, the collarette, and the decorative types, choosing varieties according to his personal preferences. All these types flower more freely than varieties of the Cactus type which, with few exceptions, as for instance Countess of Lonsdale, do not flower very freely. This variety though not an up-to-date introduction, has fine habit and is not surpassed in freedom of blooming by any variety of any type out.


   Chrysanthemums as charming as the indoor varieties, perfectly hardy, and flowering for at least six weeks in this section, are now available. They are indeed the glory of the autumn garden.
   Set out the young plants in rich, good ground during May. Give them ample room to develop, say two feet apart, and pinch out the leading growths to encourage a bushy habit. They require little attention beyond cultivating and watering during periods of drought. The varieties vary a little in earliness, some beginning to bloom in late August; but all are seen at their best from mid-September until frost. Last fall they flowered until the middle of November. A little frost may mark the expanded flowers but does not spoil the buds which, if the weather becomes mild again, develop perfectly.
   Reliable varieties in this remarkable family are:
Cranfordia, bronzy yellow.
Cranford White, pure white, sometimes tinged pink.
Carrie, deep yellow.
Chas. Jolly, rosy pink.
Dorothy, large pure white.
Evelyn, crimson-bronze.
Harvest Home, bronze.
Le Pactole, bronzy yellow.
Miss B. Hamilton, rich deep yellow.
Nellie Blake, crimson.
Normandie, cream white.
Petite Louis, light mauve.
By disbudding flowers may be had four inches, and even more, in diamter.



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