February Gardening within the South

Gardening in February within the Southern United States

By J. Lester

ROSES planted this month will give regular and uninterrupted bloom from April to December. Get the perfect vegetation yow will discover. Low-cost inventory is nugatory and to not be thought of in any respect. Two-year vegetation in primary grade from a dependable Rose grower in forms of Hybrid Teas, Teas, Australians, Polyanthas and Floribundas provides you with the richest returns out of your plantings.

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Purple Roses of attraction and perfume are Etoile de Hollande, Essence that’s sweetest of all, Ami Quinard the darkest crimson, Christopher Stone the brightest. Hollande leads the checklist for hardiness, steady bloom and freedom from illness. Different value whereas crimson Roses could also be your alternative, however plant not lower than 5 of 1 form with the intention to have mass flowering within the borders and minimize flowers for the rooms.

Accenting perfume, Dame Edith Helen leads the pink checklist. Briarcliff, Editor McFarland, Pink Daybreak and Columbia go away different pink Roses far behind.

By no means failing flowers are discovered on Edith Nellie Perkins, Talisman, President Hoover, Margaret McGredy and Condesa de Sastago. The 2 final ones, nevertheless, present black spot persistently.

Mrs. Jules Bouche and Caledonia are probably the most passable white Roses. Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont and Golden Daybreak the perfect of our yellows, although Soeur Therese and Sunburst are dependable and flower properly in spring and fall.

Just a few novelty Roses, added every year; will deliver new pleasure and sweetness and provides a lot wished expertise. Attempt them out in common gardens with common care and be sure you report in your success or failure to the American Rose Society, of which you’re, in fact, a member. Each Rose grower and lover needs to be.

Success with Roses, as with all vegetation, means cautious preparation as to soil, publicity to solar and air, fertilizer and mulching. The well being drawback will probably be simply taken care of if the three-in-one sprays are used frequently.

All of the conifers reply properly to planting at this season. Now can also be the time to offer them their semi-annual tip-shearing.

End the dormant spraying as early as attainable. Quickly the buds will probably be swelling and the lime-sulfur sprays, even 1 to 40, will burn.

Fertilize lawns with a chemical fertilizer, ideally with one, which has been prescribed after a soil take a look at. Use compost on the remainder of the backyard, together with shrubs, timber, Roses and all over the place besides on the bulb beds.

Hotbeds and coldframes needs to be seeded with the tender flowers for early transplanting. Petunias, Verbenas, Snapdragons and beautiful Nierembergia hippomanica needs to be sown without delay. Use rustresistant Snapdragon seeds. Attempt the brand new Purple Gown Nierembergia, which is a Bronze Medalist.

Nierembergias are priceless for low plenty of colour in rock gardens or borders and for edgings. They bloom by spring, summer time and fall and the vegetation are evergreen with gentle feathery foliage.

Annual seeds sown within the fall will quickly be blooming. Broadcast, now, seeds of Gypsophila, Nemophila, Virginian Shares and Linaria so as to add weeks to your season of bloom. Phlox drummondi will also be sown once more, however no others.

Greens. Sow within the open floor seeds of collards, radishes, celery and kohl-rabi. Begin tomatoes and peppers in chilly frames.

Practically all the lengthy checklist of shrubs and timber will be planted till April. Hollies, Tulip Timber, Camphor, Dogwoods and Anise are a fan of spring plantings.

Gardenias or Cape Jasmines, as they’re known as within the South, are trendy once more. They’re alleged to be temperamental, to require deep shade and an acid soil and even then they develop poorly with annual assaults of sooty mildew and San Jose scale. Can we coddle them an excessive amount of and provides them much less gentle and air than they want? It might appear so.

The best Gardenias seen in a very long time have been lately discovered rising and cared for by a neighbor who adores flowers. Her vegetation have been 6 toes large and as tall. They grew in sand and virtually in full solar and had by no means been sprayed. The blooms have been very-fine and have been steady over a protracted season. Final yr a pal offered us with a Trailing Gardenia, which is as uncommon as it’s pretty. The plant was set out in a nook the place the solar comes sturdy and within the midst of a making an attempt yr the small Gardenia was forgotten. Now, regardless of all, the small leaves are vibrant and inexperienced and canopy the plant with a promise of tiny aromatic blossoms for an additional yr. Much less care and extra solar will be the reply to rising Gardenias.



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