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262              What Shall We Do Now?
Colour in the garden.
In return, the flowers, which have a real sense of gratitude to those who care for them tenderly, will do their best to grow beautiful.
It is best to begin with a few flowers and to learn all that one can about these. Annuals will scarcely ever fail if carefully sown in good soil. In making your choice, choose so that you will have flowers from spring to autumn. Perennial plants are the most satisfactory of all to grow ; for once planted they need only a very little attention and increase in size each year. Bulbs produce some of the most beautiful flowers and are very easy to grow. But great care must be taken not to dig into them after their blossoms have died down.
Besides those flowers for the growing of which directions are hereafter given there are many tender ones which must be raised in frames. This is a part of gardening which can well be left until later and upon which instructions can be found in any more advanced book on horticulture.
In arranging a garden, select flowers which will keep it full of blossom from May to October, and remember when planting and sowing that some colours are more beautiful together than others. The colour arrangement of a garden is always difficult, but one must learn by experience. Scarlet and crimson, crimson and blue, should not be put together, and magenta-coloured flowers are never satisfactory. Whites and yellows, and whites and blues, are always suitable together, and for the rest you must please yourself.
A good catalogue gives illustrations of most flowers, and in many cases its cultural directions are very helpful. As an ex­tension of the notes that follow nothing could be more useful than two or three catalogues issued by good growers.
It is a good thing for a gardener to keep a diary. At the beginning of the book he would make a plan of the garden, to scale : that is to say, allowing one inch, or more, in the plan for every foot of bed. In this plan would be marked the position of the bulbs and perennial plants. The diary would take note of
The use of catalogues.
Gar dent Jig diaries.
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