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GARDENING FOR THE WEEK, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914
GARDENING FOR THE WEEK
Our contributor, a well-known gardener, will be glad io answer questions, which mist be received not later than Tuesday of each week. —Rhododendrons. — Many of our citizens, I feel sure, are not aware of the addition to the beauty spots of this City in the rhododendron dell recently formed and planted in a spot immediately above the Botanic Gardens, at the back of Mr Tannock’s residence. It is in a natural gully, admirably adapted for making a home for those beautiful plants. The bridge of rustic timber (quite in keeping with the general appearance) will afford a grand view of the dell. In planting, a very wise course has been adopted in breaking up the plants into bold and simple groups, holding the colors together instead of scattering them a-bout in spotty mixture. When this fine lob cf plants become fully established they will make a very beautiful show, though I should have liked to see introduced some of the beautiful Gents Azaleas and Azaleas Mollis. They are strikingly beautiful, and, I feel sure, would flourish in some of the warm and lighter positions facing up the rhododendrons. I have something to say about the aristocracy of rhododendrons. Through the courtesy of Mr S. Solomon, 1 had the pleasure of viewing some of these iu all their glory. They are tndy a select lot. One may wander around the whole and not find‘a second-class plant among the lot. By far the greater number of our garden rhododendrons are the product of only four species, which have been closely inbred, these being Catnwbieuse, Ponticum, Caucasicnm, and Arboreum. For many years raisers confined their attention to these species, but of late the field'' has been widened by the use of that noble class, the Himalayan variety, and it is from these that the most ‘beautiful kinds have been raised. No better kinds are grown than are to be. found in Mr Solomon’s garden. Among those I .-aw in flower are Beauty of Trimough, a cross between Auckland!" and Barbantuni, and a. magnificent red of wonderful substance ; Chelsoni, a cross between Barbatum and Thomson! (this is another beauty) ; Gils triumph, a cross between Barbatum and Formosa; and Marques of Lothian, a- cro.'s of Aueklande and Thomson!. This very fine variety was raised I believe, by the late Mr Martin, of Fairfield, one of the oldest nurserymen in this district. JJanglisi and Commb Royal are also of simitar crosses. Mice is supposed to bo an improvement upon Pink Pearl, but 1 have my doubts, for a Pink Pearl 1 saw in bloom was a wonderful flower, if not the best iu the garden. K. C. Stirling is another grand pink. Scarlet Kino and Royalii are two other beautiful reds, the latter resembling the flower of a Lnpagcria. Luscoinheamum is a grand pink, changing to a pur.: white. AH'these are of tho very highest order of rhododendrons, yet there are many others nearly as good. Now I must draw attention to the Gent and Mollis azaleas. In flowering and color these are superb, consisting principally of orange yellows, salmons, orange, and red shadings, and other shades, f heso oro thriving admiiably, growing side by side, and under the same liberal treatment which tbo rhododendrons are given, ami that is plenty of well-rotted stable manure. "Rhodes” like plenty of it. The beautiful lilacs were in full bloom, rangin' l ' in color from a red shade, blues, pinks, lilies, and whites, in doubles and singles, all very beautiful. Tho flowering cherry avenue, though past its best, was a tine sight. . Altogether, I think this garden contains the most up-to-date things in this class of trees and shrubs in the colony, '' hat a time an enthusiast could put in in that warden, just wandering around and taking notes!— though I fear it would have to end at that with most of us, as the getting together of such a fine collection of plants arid trees entails a lot ot trouble and expense. All tho move credit to Mr fcotemoti ~ „ , The Vegetable Garden- —
Continue to take advantage of tins eoo> change to get in cabbage and oaulmoner Thin cut carrots, parsnips, and turnips, and all things that require thinning. Earth up potatoes as they require it. Asparagus beds should be carefully attended bv weeding and keeping the beds clean. Cutting must be carefully attended to and done in a systematic manner, cuat;iv. all as it becomes fit. This must- t>e. done carefully, or many young heads not vet through will be cut. Do not cut some and k-aevc others, because they may ne too thin for use, but cut all as fart as they come of a proper size, and up to a given date, then cutting should cease for the building up of crowns for another season. —The Flower Garden.— Plant out all kinds of bedding plants. Tins work should be pushed on now as spcedilv as possible, as we shmud bo having some settled weather after tho burst we have experienced of Into. Very rarely does October pass without some such weather as we have had lately, though perhaps not quite so severe for tender plants. It is a mistake to plant too early, as manv have found to thoiv cost. Hundreds of plants have htKMi destroyed, during the last few weeks. . , There ie still time for sowing hardy annuals in the open border with pyery prospect of success —such kinds as mignonette, candytuft, dwarf nasturtiums, locobia, viscaria, and nemesia; and schizanthus also does well when sown in good Leo and rich loam in tho open border. Tliia out early-sown seedlings, as they are very much finer 'than when left crowded in the seed be.d. —Answers.— “ W.G.G.” wishes to know if the 4-4-40 Bordeaux mixture will keep indefinitely, or whether, ft is belter to make it up in small quantities and use at once. No doubt it is to use tho mixture fresh, but if it is properly made and kept in suitable vessels it will keep for a long time, but not indefinitely—that is, in its full-strength condition—as there is always a certain amount of deterioration going on. .
“ Toko.”—There are various mixtures for the eradication of blight, lire word ( “ blight ” generally applies to the aphis, 1 blue; green, or black. The black is the most difficult to get'rid of, the blue next, and the green the easiest. M‘l)oug<d's aphis -wash used according to directions is oim XAmadK, te* black or soft apan, 2oz
to the gallon of warm water, well stirred with tho syringe and applied warm, is a good, cheap, and effective remedy. Kerosene emulsion is about tho best and most sure. To make this take Igal of kerosene, ijlb common soap, and boiling water (soft water preferred), Igal. Boil the soap in the water until it is thoroughly dissolved; take it off the "fire, and pour the solution into the kerosene, stirring for about 10 minutes. It it is properly cmulsionised it will have the appearance oi. thick cream, without tho appearance of any free kerosene upon the surface when cool. For black aphis 12 pints of warm water to one of tile emulsion, for blue or cabbago aphis 16, and for green aphis 20 will be sufficient. Use a fine spray for the work, or unnecessary waste occurs. Tho same will do for lettuce, but a little weaker. Your signature next time, please. H.C.
GARDENING FOR THE WEEK, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914
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