Sunset Volume 6-8

Sunset Volume 6-8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...over the whole field before ROGUING ' A SWEET PEA FARM and the year following the giant flowering cupid, as it is called, was given to the public. There are already over two hundred varieties of sweet peas in color, and three varieties in growth. The climber, or familiar vine of the garden, called by seedsmen the tall, the cupid, or dwarf habit, and the bush variety. The cupid is an entirely new and distinct variety of sweet pea. The first cupid came as a sport in the gardens of Mr. Morse at Santa Clara, and was bought by Burpee of Philadelphia. The cupids are seldom more than six inches high, growing out to a fifteen-inch diameter. The flowers are as large, but placed closer together than the tall varieties, and there are generally three or four blossoms at the top of the stout, rather short stem. One peculiarity about the cupid variety is that in cold weather the buds sometimes drop from their pedicels before they expand, and they fall on the carpet of foliage as though they had been snipped off with a sharp scissors. When the sun shines the buds do not have this tendency, which is attributed to the coldness of the atmosphere so near the ground. But, hugging the ground as they do, beautiful effects in landscape gardening can be obtained by using the cupid variety. Of the cupids, Mr. Routzahn is the originator of several new varieties, the Mrs. Joseph Chamberlain, the Nellie Willetts and the Navy Blue, which will be of value to florists for patriotic floral decorations, so vivid is its hue. Of the bush variety, he has hybridized several, the best being the Alice Eckford. The stems of the bush type are longer than those of the cupids, and the plants attain a growth of fifteen inches in height. But the most beautiful of all of his new varieties are...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651758
  • 9781236651754