By John E. Bryan
John Bryan's substantial revision to his unique magnum opus released in 1989 — chosen by way of the yank Horticultural Society as one of many seventy five nice American gardening books— offers improved assurance of a few 230 genera and a fabulous variety of species, types, and cultivars. Genera are taken care of with element applicable to their value, with details on background, class, tradition, propagation, pests and ailments, makes use of, and species and cultivars. distinct encyclopedic plant listings are complemented by means of an both accomplished pictorial presentation. not just are there greater than 1100 colour pictures — many displaying the crops of their ordinary habitats — yet there also are forty three colour reproductions of botanical illustrations from 19th-century problems with Curtis's Botanical journal and different courses, taken from the author's large assortment.
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In warmer climates, bulbs that are to be set out in late October or November should be precooled prior to planting. This applies especially to tulips. Precooling should start six to eight weeks before the soil temperatures are the same, or a little lower, than the precooling temperature of around 45°F. For more information about cooling bulbs, see "Preparation of the Bulbs for Out-of-Season Forcing" in chapter 7. PLANTING SUMMER-FLOWERING BULBS Summer-flowering and frost-tender bulbs should be planted some two weeks before the last frost is expected.
Larger seeds can be covered with a layer of soil mix equal to the depth of the seed itself. In all cases, care must be taken to ensure even distribution over the surface of the container; covering the soil with a shallow layer of sand before sowing can assist in spotting good seed distribution. Do not sow too thickly; allow plenty of room for each seed as this will make transplanting much easier. The seeds should be watered in by placing the container in a larger pan of water and allowing it to seep up through the bottom until the surface is damp.
As with the spring-flowering bulbs, any damaged or unsound summer-flowering bulbs should be discarded. Dusting with a fungicide also is advisable. At no time should caladium, canna, or dahlia roots be allowed to dehydrate. It also is wise to remember, when storing bulbs overwinter, to protect them from mice. Label the bulbs, at a minimum, as to color prior to lifting to ensure good planting arrangements in the spring. Cultivation of Lilies Culture during the growing season of lilies is not much different from the foregoing for summer bulbs.