Gardening for the Million eBook

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Cyperius Alternifolius.—­A stove grass which will grow in any soil, but requires a plentiful supply of water.  It is increased by dividing the roots.  Height, 2 ft.

Cypress (Cupressus).—­Among these useful conifers C. Lawsoniana has no superior as a single specimen for the decoration of the lawn.  Of free growth and perfectly hardy, it succeeds in almost any soil or situation.  C. Fraserii is also hardy, of erect habit, and of a rich glaucous hue.  When it attains a good size it is very ornamental.  The beautiful silver variegated variety Argenteo Variegata deserves a place in every shrubbery.  Nana Alba Maculata is a dwarf globular plant, the slender branches of which are tipped with white, giving it the appearance of being partly covered with snow.  Pygmea is a compact dwarf-growing variety suitable for the centre of small beds and for rock-work.  Japan Cypresses are elegant little shrubs, one of the finest being Retinospora Ericoides, whose peculiar violet-red leaves contrast charmingly with light green plants.  Any of the above may be increased by cuttings.  They succeed best in a rich, deep loam, and are improved by thinning out the branches where too thick, and pinching out the stronger shoots where too thin, so as to encourage new growth.

Cypripedium (Hardy Ladies’ Slipper Orchid).—­This plant is of the simplest culture and is well adapted for pots, ferneries, or rock-work.  It is most at home in a well-drained yet moist peaty soil, and kept in a frame or on a shady border, where it will bloom in June.  Protect from frost and heavy rains, but never allow the roots to get dry.  Height, 1 ft.

Cytisus.—­Elegant hardy shrubs with finely-cut leaves and terminal racemes of Pea-shaped flowers in July.  They will grow in any soil, and are readily raised from seed or layers.  Height, 3 ft. to 4 ft.


Daffodils.—­These will grow in any good, cool, moist, well-drained garden soil if sand be put round their roots, but thrive best in a moderately rich loam.  They may remain in the ground for years, for large bulbs produce the finest flowers.  When the flowering is over the leaves must be allowed to die down, not cut off.  Plant from September to December.  The top of the bulb should be about 3 in. below the surface, according to its size; 10 in. apart is a good distance.  Daffodils are also suitable for pot culture.  Plant three to six bulbs, according to size, in a 4-in. or 5-in. pot, using a compost of two parts fibrous loam, one part leaf-mould, and one part sand.  Place the pots on a bed of ashes, and cover with 4 in. of cocoa-nut fibre.  As soon as top growth has commenced, remove the plants indoors, and give plenty of light and air to prevent them being drawn.  Daffodils likewise make a good display when planted on a lawn.

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