GARDENING
FOR LITTLE GIRLS

BY
OLIVE HYDE FOSTER


NEW YORK
DUFFIELD & COMPANY

DEDICATED TO
Junior and Allan,
Two of the dearest children that ever showed
love for the soil.

To select your flowers intelligently, though, you must know something about their nature, habits, and tendencies, and certain words always found in seed catalogues and garden books may be puzzling to a beginner.

a. Annuals, for example, are the plants that live but a year or a single season.

b. Biennials, however, continue for two years before they perish, making roots and leaves the first year and usually flowering the second.

c. Perennials are the kind that continue for more than two years.

d. Deciduous refers to the shrubs and trees that lose their leaves in the fall.

e. Evergreens are those that keep their verdure the whole year round.

f. Herbaceous plants may be annual, biennial or perennial, but they have a stem that does not become woody, and that dies down after flowering.

g. Hybrids are plants produced by "crossing," or mixing two distinct varieties.

 

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