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The Seasonal Changes Going Into Summer

Before the war, going for the mail was a task accomplished with a minimum of effort by jumping into the rural jeep which we like to call the station wagon, and buzzing out the river road to the highway. After it became necessary to conserve our precious gasoline supply, it was decided that someone should walk to the mail box, so I was elected with only one dissenting vote. It didn’t take long, you may be sure, for me to go by way of the lane a walk of half a mile instead of the’ longer -way along the river road. Each. day this task becomes dearer to me and not for worlds would I pass it on to anyone else.

It was early spring when I started my job. Along the lane, violets and spring beauties nodded and from the branches of the bare trees I was greeted by a Glee Club of bird voices.

The bright days tumbled headlong into early summer. Glass was unbelievably green and soft. Cardinals and red-winged blackbirds darted here and there among the wild grape vines. On the weathered old fence. vetch affectionately .clambered and . proudly displayed delicate pink and lavender blossoms. From the field beyond came a Biblical fragrance of freshly plowed earth. My cup was full when from a small glade carpeted in wild geranium, a flock of bluebirds rope and few all around me, their heavenly blue feathers shimmering.

Later in the summer, the air lay heavy and still’ n my lane. Lazy butterflies floated across the landscape and once, when I was out a little earlier than usual, I Saw a mother skunk marshalling five cute- babies through the star grass to safety.

My feet walked a carpet of dewy diamonds set with many colored stones, some of which I carried home to use in nooks of the rock garden.

Autumn rains brought mud to the trail, but the smilax held high its globes of purplish black berries and bittersweet replaced’ the vetch as a cape over the shoulders of the old fence. Goldenrod and purple asters foamed in the fence corners, and it the field, drying corn and rotund pumpkins flashed me a warning that the year was growing old.


Multiflora Rose – An Attractive And Serviceable Fences

The multiflora rose makes such an attractive and serviceable fence plant that gardeners can hardly believe all the things they hear about it – covered with flowers in June…grows several feet a year. . .so dense no person or animal can penetrate it…not bothered by insects or plant diseases. . .so tough and hardy anyone can grow it but nothing can kill it! It is all these things, and more.

A touglt, wiry plant of Asiatic origin, it is so hardy and grows so vigorously that for years nurserymen have used it as the understock on which to bud (or graft) garden roses. If you’ve ever set out a hybrid tea, floribunda or climber, the root of the plant was probably a multiflora rose. If your garden roses “suckered” from the bottom and you saw a long wiry cane coming from the base of a rose plant, this was the multiflora bush trying desperately to grow. despite the fact that its top was cut off by the nurseryman.

For farm use, multiflora roses are usually planted 12 inches apart. but for home gardens and plantings around public buildings, where only the appearance counts, a distance of 18 inches between plants is satisfactory. Increasingly used as a hedge around factories and public buildings, its dense tangle of growth keeps out intruders while its unusual beauty makes it valuable for landscaping.

On your home grounds, a living fence of multiflora roses will grow rapidly, giving you remarkable privacy in a very short time. Vigorous selected plants will grow as much as 3 to 4 feet the first year, becoming more solid as the luxuriant growth continues. Left untrimmed, multiflora rose fences or hedges will become 6 to 7 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide in a few years. The long wiry growth can be trimmed off the sides to keep the width to a minimum. For garden use, a practical width is 3 feet. The maximum height of a hedge of this width will probably be from 6 to 7 feet.

Trimming Plants

Trimming is advisable to keep the long wiry growth compact. Vigorous new plants will quickly throw out willowy growth; the more this long new growth is cut back, the more dense the plant will become. Whenever a long cane is cut off, several new canes immediately push out where the cut was made.

In June, multiflora roses are completely covered with pinkish white blooms like those of a small single old-fashioned rambler rose. These last for a couple of weeks. All summer the plants are green and full; in early fall thousands of decorative red berries appear. These are a favorite food of many birds, so they may not last more than a few weeks.

There are some thorns, but they are not so numerous as to be any problem, nor are they as dangerous or sharp as barberry thorns. This sort of hedge is not dangerous to children, yet makes an impenetrable planting which they cannot crawl through or trample down. If you want a foolproof hedge -which will grow and grow but which requires virtually no care, by all means try the multiflora rose.


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