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Bulb Gardening | by By Mary Hampden



Life has its crystal days, its rare hours of a stainless beauty and a joy so pure that we may dare to call the flowers to rejoice with us, and the language of the little birds ceases to be an unknown tongue.

TitleBulb Gardening
AuthorMary Hampden
PublisherCharles Scribner's Sons
Year1922
Copyright1922, Charles Scribner's Sons
AmazonBulb Gardening
-Part I. Hardy Bulbs. Chapter I. All About Bulbs
'Believe that every bird that sings, And every flower that stars the elastic sod, And every thought the happy summer brings, To the pure spirit, is a Word of God.' S. T. Coleridge. Which was the fir...
-Chapter II. Hyacinths
'Crocus and hyacinth, with rich inlay Broidered the ground, more coloured than with stone Of costliest emblem.' John Milton. IT would be well for us to speak of this grand Easter flower as the Orien...
-Hyacinths. Continued
They become too lanky when in pots or glasses placed too far below the window's chief light. They lean sideways unless often turned round in their receptacles. Massed beds of self-coloured Hyacinths ...
-Chapter III. The Tulip
'Then comes the tulip race, where Beauty plays Her ideal freaks: from family diffus'd, To family, as flies the father dust, The varied colours run.' James Thomson. TULIPS will thrive in any ordinary...
-The Tulip. Part 2
The bulbs should be only just under the surface, and three may go in a five-inch pot. They must be made firm, yet not rammed hard in the soil. Place the pots, under 4 inches of cinder-ash or coco-nu...
-The Tulip. Part 3
Grand Single Tulips For Beds Keizerkroon Crimson-scarlet and gold. Kohi-Noor Deep red. La Remarquable Purple. Leonarda Da Vinci Orange, edged yellow. Coleur Ponceau Cerise-crimson and white....
-Chapter IV. Daffodils And Other Narcissi
'Shrine of colour! Golden sweetness, Angel of the Spring that cries Other radiance to arise. Little poem of completeness From the mind of God, Who knows How to fashion sphere and rose.' Hon. Eleanore...
-Daffodils And Other Narcissi. Continued
Prices rule higher since Mr. Robert Sydenham made this calculation. After giving the fascinating note that the famous Horsfieldii Daffodil was originally found in a Lancashire weaver's garden, he adde...
-Chapter V. Irises
'As the Iris to the Bluebell, as the Heather to the Ling, As the Sunshine to the Twilight, so is Summer to the Spring.' Alan B. Haig Brown. I HAVE thought it best to deal with some of the Rhiizomato...
-Irises. Continued
Irises For Damp Soil Beneath Trees Iris Foetidissima The Gladwyn Iris. Iris Pseudo-Acorus The tall Yellow Flag. Iris K’Mpferi Japanese - if grown in pots elsewhere and sunk in the soil when bu...
-Chapter VI. Snowdrops, Crocuses, Bluebells, Chionodoxas, Etc
'Who dreamed the frozen mould These elfin cups might hold? Amethyst, ivory, gold!' Agnes S. Falconer. THE fact has scarcely been realized, or at least has not been sufficiently stated in gardening l...
-Snowdrops, Crocuses, Bluebells, Chionodoxas, Etc. Continued
Crocus foliage must yellow and dry off naturally; then it can be twisted off. Gardeners often tie it into knots first, thinking it looks less unsightly, but the unnaturalness of this is odious, in my ...
-Chapter VII. Hardy Lilies, The Galtonia And Hardy Gladioli
'Before the feet of the dew There came a call I knew, Luring me into the garden Where the tall white lilies grew.' Charles G. D. Roberts. THE Madonna Lily is a feature of the garden we ill could spa...
-Hardy Lilies, The Galtonia And Hardy Gladioli. Part 2
Now and then I have come across real little Bulb gardens, generally portions of big estates, or gardens within gardens. The idea is one that should be carried out much oftener, and the Lilies share wi...
-Chapter VIII. Anemones, Fritillaries, Turban Ranunculuses, Tritelias, Muscari, Etc
'See ! yon anemones their leaves unfold, With rubies flaming, and with living gold.' The Turkish Poet, Mesihi. THE Japanese Anemone is so much esteemed that we may just note that it can be increased...
-Anemones, Fritillaries, Turban Ranunculuses, Tritelias, Muscari, Etc. Continued
The Scarlet Windflower (Anemone Fulgens) The Scarlet Windflower (Anemone Fulgens) is one of the earliest blossoms. The variety grandiflora is darker red, as well as bigger, and fulgens plena is a dou...
-Chapter IX. Kniphofias, Eremuri, Montbretias, Schizostylis, Etc
'Flower-spires that point to mounts of God, Gold spires and silver, bowing as they grow.' Anon. The Kniphofia, or Tritoma, Torch Lily, or Red-hot Poker, makes a glorious comrade for Lilies, Spanish ...
-Chapter X. Alliums, Ornithagalums, Meadow Saffrons, Spiderworts, Dog's Tooth Violets, Hardy Cyclamen, Hardy Orchis, Solomon's Seal, Dicentras, Christmas Roses, Etc
'Unvaunting blossoms, pale but sweet, have learned to show their faces.' Norman Gale. Allium Neapolitanum is the white flower that is seen very early in the year, in street seller's baskets. Few pla...
-Alliums, Ornithagalums, Meadow Saffrons, Spiderworts, Dog's Tooth Violets, Hardy Cyclamen, Hardy Orchis, Solomon's Seal, Dicentras, Christmas Roses, Etc. Continued
We come now to some early but modest little pendant flowers, the Dog's Tooth Violets, or Ery-throniums, which want moisture and semi-shade. Once we had only the purple and the white Erythroniums Dens-...
-Hippeastrums, Nerines, Clivias, Gesneras, Achimenes, Cyclamen, Etc
'Some flowers there are that rear their heads on high, The gorgeous products of a burning sky.' Hartley Coleridge. THERE are bulbous plants suited to all kinds of glass-houses - the Alpine House, th...
-Hippeastrums, Nerines, Clivias, Gesneras, Achimenes, Cyclamen, Etc. Continued
We pass now from the consideration of stately members of the order Amaryllidaceae to some of the tuberous perennials from Mexico, Jamaica, etc., that, while able to do with a temperature of 550 from S...
-Chapter XII. Freesias, Ixias, The Chilian Crocus, The Eucharis, Moraeas, Etc
'Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too. Unconscious of a less propitious clime There blooms exotic beauty, warm and snug.' William Cowper. Undoubtedly Freesias can be grown wholly in rooms, but...
-Freesias, Ixias, The Chilian Crocus, The Eucharis, Moraeas, Etc. Continued
As all the colours are pleasing Ixias are usually grown from a mixture of choice bulbs, but connoisseurs in this beautiful African Corn Lily like to pot separate sorts as a means of showing them at th...
-Chapter XIII. Liliums, Crinums, Etc
'At Summer's call the Lily is alight.' Gerald Massey. THOUGH the Lily is a hardy plant there are gardens in which it can only thrive when represented by the ordinary members of its family; some of t...
-Liliums, Crinums, Etc. Continued
Another refinement of culture is to cover each Lily bulb, in each pot, with a small inverted flower-pot before covering with cinder-ash or fibre. This prevents their being pressed on by the damp mater...
-Chapter XIV. Begonias, Gloxinias, Streptocarpuses, Etc
'In curious order set The fairest flowers of Eastern land.' THE Tuberous Begonia was, once upon a time, a monotonous flower, as seen in England. Probably nine gardeners out of every ten are now unawa...
-Begonias, Gloxinias, Streptocarpuses, Etc. Continued
Some Splendid Kinds Of Tuberous Begonia Prize Double. Prize Single. Separate Colours in Doubles or Singles. White, cream, yellow, orange, salmon-orange, salmon-pink, apple-blossom pink, rose-pink, ...
-Chapter XV. Tuberoses, Pancratiums, Callas, Lachen-Alias, Trop’Olums, Etc
'Plant behind plant aspiring, in the van The dwarfish, in the rear retired, but still Sublime above the rest, the statelier stand.' William Cowper. Though the Tuberose is described usually as a half...
-Tuberoses, Pancratiums, Callas, Lachen-Alias, Trop’Olums, Etc. Continued
Water must be liberal while Arum Lilies are out of doors, unless the weather is rainy, and while in pots they need less water from autumn to spring (counting March as springtime), then plenty until Ma...
-Sparaxis, Babianas, Tiger Flowers, Stern-Bergias, Etc
'. . . Many blossoms have been born And fill the garden, row on row.' Constance Goodwin. A South-Facing border, backed by a wall, may be turned into one of the most fascinating portions of the garde...
-Sparaxis, Babianas, Tiger Flowers, Stern-Bergias, Etc. Continued
Splendid Tigridias Tigridia Pavonia Scarlet and orange. Tigridia Aurea Gold and chocolate. Tigridia Conchiflora Yellow, spotted with vermilion. Tigridia Grandiflora Scarlet-crimson and gold. ...
-Chapter XVII. Begonias, French And Persian Ranunculuses, Ornithagalums, Calochorti, Commelinas, Etc
'Flowers are the brightest things which Earth On her broad bosom loves to cherish.' W. Patterson. WE have just been thinking of how well the Begonia will fill a bed on a lawn; we know, too, that Beg...
-Begonias, French And Persian Ranunculuses, Ornithagalums, Calochorti, Commelinas, Etc. Continued
The Hardy Ornithagalums The Hardy Ornithagalums have been described in Chapter X (Alliums, Ornithagalums, Meadow Saffrons, Spiderworts, Dog'S Tooth Violets, Hardy Cyclamen, Hardy Orchis, Solomon'S Se...
-Chapter XVIII. Agapanthuses, Camassias, Cannas, Etc
'For me, and those I love, May a windless bower be built, Far from passion, pain, and guilt, In a dell 'mid lawny hills.' P. B. Shelley. PROBABLY the happiest way to grow half-hardy plants of all ki...
-Agapanthuses, Camassias, Cannas, Etc. Continued
Silver Queen Silver Queen is particularly attractive by reason of a silvery sheen on its blue spikes, which renders it one of the flowers I would always cultivate in a 'Moonlight,' or 'After-Nightfal...
-Chapter XIX. Dahlias, Amaryllis, Marvels Of Peru, Etc
'See where the Dahlia's velvet tempts the bee.' Anon. THE fascinating subject of Dahlias, and their masterly culture, should fill a book rather than a portion of a chapter, but, fortunately, it is p...
-Dahlias, Amaryllis, Marvels Of Peru, Etc. Continued
The following lists suggest some excellent sorts in various classes, but not the most costly and modern. How to Start Old Dahlia Tubers. Show Double Dahlias Gloire De Lyon Pure white. Imperial ...
-Chapter XX. Romuleas, Brodiaeas, Gladioli, Oxalises, Alstroemerias, Watsonias, Etc
'Many blossoms have been born, And fill the garden, row on row.' Constance Goodwin. IN the preceding chapter we thought last about broad-leaved plants, the tropic-suggesting Funkias. We begin this c...
-Romuleas, Brodiaeas, Gladioli, Oxalises, Alstroemerias, Watsonias, Etc. Continued
A Selection Among Late Summer And Autumn. Gladioli Gladiolus Princeps Scarlet. Gladiolus Brenchleyensis Scarlet. Gladiolus Baron Joseph Halot Indigo-blue. Gladiolus Hollandia Rose and orange. ...









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