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Making a Rose Garden   By: (1880-)

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MAKING A ROSE GARDEN

THE HOUSE & GARDEN MAKING BOOKS

It is the intention of the publishers to make this series of little volumes, of which Making a Rose Garden is one, a complete library of authoritative and well illustrated handbooks dealing with the activities of the home maker and amateur gardener. Text, pictures and diagrams will, in each respective book, aim to make perfectly clear the possibility of having, and the means of having, some of the more important features of a modern country or suburban home. Among the titles already issued or planned for early publication are the following: Making a Lawn ; Making a Tennis Court ; Making a Garden Bloom This Year ; Making a Fireplace ; Making Roads and Paths ; Making a Poultry House ; Making a Hotbed and Cold frame ; Making Built in Bookcases , Shelves and Seats ; Making a Rock Garden ; Making a Water Garden ; Making a Perennial Border ; Making a Shrubbery Group ; Making a Naturalized Bulb Garden ; with others to be announced later.

[Illustration: An English rose garden that is nearly ideal in its arrangement. All the paths are of grass, the beds being sunk a few inches below the turf level in order to conserve the moisture.]

MAKING A ROSE GARDEN

By HENRY H. SAYLOR

NEW YORK McBRIDE, NAST & COMPANY 1912

COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY McBRIDE, NAST & CO.

Published February, 1912

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION 1

CLASSIFICATION 3

LOCATION AND SOIL 11

PREPARATION AND PLANTING 20

FERTILIZING 25

PRUNING 30

PESTS 38

PROPAGATION 40

WINTER PROTECTION 44

LISTS OF DEPENDABLE ROSES 46

GLOSSARY OF TERMS 51

THE ILLUSTRATIONS

A ROSE GARDEN WITH THE IDEAL ARRANGEMENT OF GRASS PATHS Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

ULRICH BRUNNER, A RED HYBRID PERPETUAL ROSE 4

MARÉCHAL NEIL, A TENDER CLIMBING TEA ROSE 8

KILLARNEY, ONE OF THE BEST HYBRID TEAS 12

A GARDEN FOR ROSES ONLY 14

A DORMANT TEA ROSE AS IT COMES FROM THE GROWER 22

A STOCK OF MANETTI GRAFTED WITH AN IMPROVED VARIETY 42

A "STANDARD" ROSE 44

INTRODUCTION

I well remember the caution given me by a noted horticulturist when, in the sudden awakening to the joys of gardening, I was about to attempt the cultivation of nearly everything named in the largest seed and plant catalogue I could find:

"Leave the rose alone; it is not worth fighting for."

And leave it alone I did, until one day I was browsing about an old book shop and came upon a well thumbed copy of good old Dean Hole's "A Book About Roses." Let me tell you that there is something radically wrong with the person who can read that book and then go on plodding along his dreary, roseless way.

But why, if there is such a book as that to be had, do I presume to put forth what can at best be but a feeble ray in its predecessor's blaze of inspiration? Merely because Dean Hole's book, and a later volume by the Rev. Andrew Foster Melliar that is almost as inspiring, with perhaps even more helpful guidance, are both written for the English rosarian and for a cool, moist climate that necessitates a somewhat different method of procedure throughout as compared with that which would bring success in growing roses here in America. Then too, there is to my mind something encouraging in a very small book, a book that will merely attempt to lay the foundations for the superstructure that, after all, only experience can bring... Continue reading book >>




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