Window gardening : devoted specially to the culture of flowers and ornamental plants for indoor use and parlor decoration . cultureof the most desirable sorts, in connectionwith other classes of plants noticed inthis work. The Hyacinth. Pre-eminent in this class stands theHyacinth, which has been deservedlypopular for more than three hundredyears, and is to-day more sought afterthan any other species, simply becausegreater variety of color and quantity ofbloom can be had with less trouble and ex-pense than fiom any other. Hyacinthshave a most generous nature; they willadapt themselves to almos

Window gardening : devoted specially to the culture of flowers and ornamental plants for indoor use and parlor decoration . cultureof the most desirable sorts, in connectionwith other classes of plants noticed inthis work. The Hyacinth. Pre-eminent in this class stands theHyacinth, which has been deservedlypopular for more than three hundredyears, and is to-day more sought afterthan any other species, simply becausegreater variety of color and quantity ofbloom can be had with less trouble and ex-pense than fiom any other. Hyacinthshave a most generous nature; they willadapt themselves to almos Stock Photo
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Window gardening : devoted specially to the culture of flowers and ornamental plants for indoor use and parlor decoration . cultureof the most desirable sorts, in connectionwith other classes of plants noticed inthis work. The Hyacinth. Pre-eminent in this class stands theHyacinth, which has been deservedlypopular for more than three hundredyears, and is to-day more sought afterthan any other species, simply becausegreater variety of color and quantity ofbloom can be had with less trouble and ex-pense than fiom any other. Hyacinthshave a most generous nature; they willadapt themselves to almost any situation, and flower as freely and smile as sweetlyin the poor mans window as in the moreWhile their generosity is so marked, theirgratitude for, and appreciation of, attention shown them is equally marked. Noplant pays so well for good culture as this; the difference between commonplanting and proper growing is so great that one would scarcely think or believethe flower could come from the same bulb. Hyacinths can be grown in a varietyof ways. The beat, simplest, and most common, is in pots. We shall, however, . Fig. 24.—KuHtic Robin Jaiiliuet. costly conservatory of the wealthy. WINDOW GARDENING 139 describe the various ways we have grown them, and leave the reader to make hisor her choice, as fancy may dictate. First, a few words upon the selection of Bulbs are highly necessary. It maynot be generally known that Hyacinths will not bloom ivell but once. In Hol-land, where they are only grown for market, they are not allowed to flower, except in specimen beds, from the time the setts are planted until they are largeenough to sell, which is usually when they are four years old. The flower-stalkis cut away as soon as it can be without damage to the foliage. This throws thewhole strength of the plant into the bulb, which is kept growing until there isdanger of its breaking, which thepracticed eye of the grower readi-ly sees. Then it is sent to mar-ket, and the next season w

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