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Some Popular Bulbs
CrocusCrocus: A good reliable bulb. Cover three inches deep-two to three inches apart for mass effect. Subject to fungus, use no manure, leaf mould or humus, discard all injured or diseased bulbs. Best in sandy or well-drained soil; avoid very damp situations. Use bone meal and leave for several years. Plant in sun or partial shade in September or as soon as received. Naturalize in grass or shrubbery. Will disappear if top is mowed too soon. Excellent in rockery-renovate or renew every two years. Multiplies rapidly with care.

Glory of the SnowGlory of the Snow: Plant in sun or light shade. Cover three inches deep, three inches apart in September or October. Good for naturalizing in groups. Likes moist but not wet soil while growing. Leave undisturbed. Blooms with Scilla sibirica.

SnowdropsSnowdrops: About the first to bloom in early March. Plant in mass by dozens or hundreds. Cover two to three inches and same apart. Like moist semi-shade. Will increase and last in sandy soils. In beds, mulch with manure in fall. Naturalized, apply bone meal. Dislike being disturbed.

Spring SnowflakesSpring Snowflakes: White, three to four inches high. Cover three inches in groups. Moist rich soil, in shaded corner or semi-shaded rock garden. Blooms early. Summer Snowflake blooms April, May, or early June, same culture.

Grape HyacinthGrape Hyacinths: Prefer rich, sandy or gritty soil, not particular. Cover two or three inches-- three inches apart. Will thrive if left undisturbed and leaves are allowed to fully ripen.

SquillsSquills (Scillas): Wood Hyacinths thrive in any good garden loam if an occasional top dress- ing of manure is applied in fall. No culture required. Cover two inches deep-three inches apart-in September or October. Makes dense mat of foliage, thrives for years, will stand some shade.

Scilla sibericaScilla siberica: Blue flower to combine with Snowdrops for early spring bloom. Naturalizing and in lower rock garden. Sandy soil, top dress manure. Raise from seedlings. Will grow under evergreens.

Scilla hispanicaScilla hispanica: Spanish Squill, best of Scillas. Blooms May and June. Goes with some Dar- win tulips. Edging beds or in borders. Several colors. Cover three inches and four inches apart. Fine for naturalizing under trees.

Scilla bifolia: Earliest Squill. Blue, three to six inches high. Rock garden or indoors.

Winter AconiteWinter Aconite: Buttercup family, not showy, but early, yellow, March or April, three to eight inches high. Cover two to three inches, in semi- shady location moist while growing. Plant as early as possible. Good among trees or shrub- bery.

Star of BethlehemStar of Bethlehem: Avoid it. It is not very showy and soon becomes a weed pest. Narcissus (Daffodil, Jonquil): All Narcissi are not Jonquils, but the name Daffodil is commonly applied to all Narcissi with large trumpet flowers.

In the open garden all varieties except the Polyanthus type are hardy, and reproduce tremendously. There are small varieties for the rock garden.

It is desirable when purchasing to get both early and late varieties to prolong the bloom from early spring to the Iris season. Also in purchasing pay attention to the crown division. Bulbs which are double-nosed, are about to divide and may not bloom again until the third season. A small number of these may be satisfactory.
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