By Marta McDowell
"A history-rich and intensely readable account of ways our presidents and their households have left their imprint at the 18 acres surrounding the administrative mansion." —Traditional Home
The White residence flooring were an unwitting witness to history—a backdrop for squaddies, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there, accounts and treaties were signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. the back and front backyard for the 1st kin, it's through extension the nation's first backyard. all of the Presidents' Gardens tells the untold background of the White condo Grounds. beginning with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and finishing with Michelle Obama's specialise in edibles, this wealthy and compelling narrative finds how the tale of the backyard can be the tale of the US. Readers know about Lincoln's goats, Ike's placing eco-friendly, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree residence, and masses extra. additionally they examine the vegetation whose desire has come and long gone through the years and the gardeners who've been chargeable for all of it. totally illustrated with new and old images and artwork, refreshingly nonpartisan, and liberating simply in time for election 12 months, this can be a must-read for an individual attracted to the crimson, white, and eco-friendly!
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If soil temperatures are not below 35° to 40°F for at least 6, but preferably 10, weeks, it is advisable to induce this cold period by storing the bulbs in a refrigerator (not freezer) prior to planting. Bulb Cutting It is helpful to think of the actual structure of the bulb in understanding the method of propagating by bulb cuttings. A true bulb, made up of a basal plate which is a compressed stem flattened into a disc, is surrounded by leaves that are modified for storage. Buds are to be found in the axils of the leaves attached to the stem of the plant.
The third feeding should have less nitrogen, such as a 5-10-10 formula. If space is not available for planting, the bulbs can be stored in a paper bag in a dry, airy location. A plastic bag may be used, but holes must be made in it so air can circulate. The stored bulbs should be checked from time to time for mold or rotting. Before storing bulbs it is helpful to dust them with a fungicide. All damaged bulbs should be discarded, unless they are to be used for propagation by the bulb cutting method (see below).
When these have reached the size of small planting stock, some one inch in diameter, they can be planted out in field rows with several inches between each bulb. They are lifted and graded when they reach commercial size. Each season they must be examined and moved at the first signs of overcrowding. They are planted into their final positions when of sufficient size. Some alliums also produce bulbils on the maturing flowerheads. The use of stem bulbils of lilies in commercial production is rare; however, if maximum production is called for, they do provide a good means for quick increase.
All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses, How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America by Marta McDowell