Bigleaf or Cowcumber Magnolia
to 30" long, flower 10" - 15" wide)
Magnolia ashei (Blooms
and leaves not quite as large as Cowcumber)
Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora (Blooms
from May to July)
Ashís Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum
or Swamp Viburnum nudum
or Indian Bean Catalpa bignonioides
varieties of Roses, including many old
Pillar (from original gardens, plus two varieties
not identified); Duchesse
de Brabant, Mrs. B. R. Cant, red Dortmund, climbing
Don Juan, Fairy, Antique Fairy, Antique Butterfly;
also many tea and miniature roses.
include Pansies, Snapdragons, Calendulas, Marigolds,
Sweet Allysum, Petunias, Geraniums, Salvias,
Periwinkle, Caladiums, Impatients and several
varieties of Daisies.
named and unnamed varieties, including large sweeps
of native corn lily, the common orange variety.
By Joy Brabston
is time to plant! At least it is in Mississippi.
These hints are for all seasons and all sections
of the country and I hope they will help.
care of roots is the most important part of
planting. Nursery plants have a soilless mixture,
so they can water every day and the water will run
straight through. We have to take a completely
different approach when we bring them home.
soil has to be removed and the roots loosened.
or 8 packs
- Just loosen the bottom one-half inch and put
pots require a little more effort. The roots must
be loosened and as much of the soil removed as
possible. Work the roots loose with your fingers
and gently shake to remove soil. Continue until as
much of the soil as possible is removed and roots
If it is impossible to free the roots; stronger
action is demanded. You will have to cut them in
four parts. DO NOT cut all the way through. Use a
sharp knife and if drastic means are necessary, a
shovel. If roots are growing in a circle, they
will continue to grow that way, unless you
interrupt the pattern. Spread the four parts out
and put into hole. I used a shovel to cut the
roots on 750 azaleas and they all did fine. Make
sure the roots are touching soil, water and tamp
in dirt around them very well.
are two schools of thought:
Stand on the soil on top of the ground to compact
it to make sure there is a good bond between roots
Do not stand on the soil because compacting
prevents oxygen that the roots need.
firm the soil around large plants by using my
foot; small ones with my hands. As a matter of
fact, I make sure there is some sort of mulch
around them, so my feet donít get dirty when I
firm it. (I know, I am a gardener that cannot
stand to get my hands and feet dirty.) But
thatís ok. There are all kinds that make up this