Preparations for sowing.
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cuttings of lavender, old-man, and rosemary. Divide spring-flowering plants, such as primroses, if they have grown too large.
JULY.—Water regularly. Stir the earth if caked. Cut off faded flowers. Make cuttings of carnations and pinks.
AUGUST.—Keep surface of the earth well broken. Water roses regularly. Make cuttings of geraniums and fuchsias. Stake chrysanthemums. Sow a few poppy seeds.
September.—Plant crocuses, daffodils, irises, lilies, narcissus, scillas, star of Bethlehem, and winter aconite. Sow a few hardy annuals such as alyssum, cornflowers, godetia, and nemophila. Plant out biennials.
October.—Plant gladiolus colvillei, hyacinths, tulips, snowdrops, and lilies of the valley. Divide any plants that have grown too large. Take up dahlia tubers and dry them. Plant perennials. Sow a few sweet-peas.
NOVEMBER.—Plant perennials and bulbs, if not already in. Plant rose-trees.
December.—Dig over beds. Protect rose-trees with bracken, straw, or manure. Protect bulbs with heather or bracken pegged neatly down.
The seeds of all annuals can be sown from March until June ; but it is best to sow the greater part of them in the middle of March, unless the weather is very cold, when April is early enough. The seeds of favourite flowers should be sown several times at intervals of a fortnight, so that you may have a succession of them through summer and autumn.
Before sowing any seeds, see that the soil is nicely broken up, and remove any stones.
When you have decided where to sow the different seeds, scrape away a little earth from each place and sow the seeds very thinly—remembering that each plant must be from 4 inches to