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October 9, 2005
The Flint Journal
Photo • U.S. National Arboretum
first weeks of fall are the
time for sowing seeds of larkspur
and other cottage-garden
By Helen S. Bas
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By Adrian Higgins
The Washington Post
Almost everyone who gardens
has been led down the cottagegarden path at some point, only
to find it a bit of a dead end.
The charm of carefree, blooming places is easy to understand:
The cottage garden draws from
our imaginings of merry old
England, of rose bowers and hollyhocks reaching to the eaves of
thatched dwellings, and garden
beds turned dreamy with poppies
In such a place, the gardener
treads lightly and gives nature its
due. If a daisy rises from a crack
in the path, leave it as a reminder
of yonder meadow.
But the essential flowers in
this drama, notably the hardy
annuals and biennials, can be difficult to establish, even in gentle
climates. In areas with hot, humid
summers and heavy clay soil, the
cottage garden palette flags. And
yet, the ideal can be captured
with a few tricks, if only for the
eight weeks between mid-April
and mid-June when it seems
everything grows easily in the
garden and everybody has
a green thumb.
These first weeks of fall
are the time for sowing
seeds of larkspur and other
The larkspur blooms in
shades of blue and pink as
well as white and is close to
the English garden delphinium in feel, with its columns
of blossoms. The delphinium
is a perennial that is feeble and
sickly in Washington’s heat.
The larkspur, an annual,
similarly dislikes hot climates
but can be coaxed into flower
during that golden period of late
spring, before the weather is too
hot. And because it doesn’t have
to live through high summer, it
returns happily from seed.
Seed catalogs tell you to sow
the seeds in the early spring, but
this results in reduced germination and, for the seeds that do
grow, undersized plants strug-
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