Annuals and Biennials

Garden Tasks

In majority of gardens the spring display of bulbous flowers is too often followed by a dreary blank, which is almost unredeemed by a touch of colour,except that offered by the late tulips and a few other flower's.

The brilliance of the crocuses, hyacinths, and early tulips serves to throw into relief the comparative barrenness which follows and the contrast is rendered all the more striking by cheerful spring day's.

It is all this juncture that annual's and biennial's from summer to autumn sowing's light up the garden with welcome masses and bands of fresh and vivid colours. Such flowers as pansy and viola produce a long continued show of bloom.

The following list contains the varieties which are best adaped for the purpose.

Alyssum sweet, Antirrhinum, Calandrinia umbellata, Calendula officinals, candytuff, cheiranthus allionii, Coreopsis, Cornflower, Erysimum, Esschscholtzia, Godetia, Iceland poppy, larkspur, Nemophila, Nigella, Glaucum, Scabious, Silene, Viginian stock.

Sow thinly in September will be early enough. Drills are preferable to broadcasting because the beds are more easily weeded and kept in order. Thin the rows early so that the plants may become stout and hard before winter overtakes them.

Early in the new year transplanting must be resorted to during good weather if the plants are to be flowered in heavy soil but on light rich soil sow where they are intened to bloom.

September Tasks.

Agapanthus. Must have ample nourishment in pots its one of the thirstiest bulbs but quite hardy and will thrive in the open if planted deep rich loam at any time from September to March.

Alstroemeria. Although related to the Ixia this bulb may be planted in open ground in all but the coldest district of the country. It is not suitable for pot culture but in a dry border it may be allowed to remain undisturbed for years. Plant nine inches deep.

Amaryllis. The proper time to commence operations with these superb flowers is during their season of rest from September to March. Pot them in firm compost enriched with leaf mould and containing a fair proportion of sand.

Very little water is required until growth begins, then increased as plant grows. Place the plant in a warm room or conservatory about 65 degrees.

After flowers have faded allow plants to complete their growth then slowly reduce them to a resting condition without permitting the bulbs at any time to become quite dry.

Anemone. Tuberous varieties are valuable as pot plants not only for their flowers, but the distinctive character of the foliage. The corms potted from now till end of the year so that a succession of flowers.

Plant corms between one/ two inches deep in compost with there eyes upwards. A large pot will accommadate several corms.

Cyclamens. The hardy varieties such as C. europoeum, C . coum are cultivated out of doors and in some of the warmer districts the persian varities can successfully grow out doors.

Suitable for rock work or for little nooks and sheltered corners. For there success good drainage, a warm postion and plenty of water in dry weather are essential. September and October are the best months for planting out.

Fritiliarias. Requires a rich soil in a open position to bring it to perfection it will flower satisfactorily in shrubbery. Plant during this month and onto beginning of November.

Other bulb's to plant from September to November.

Hyacinth, Iris, Jonquil, Narcissus,Tulips.

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