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DACTYLIS

(Cocks-foot Grass. Nat. Ord. Gramineie).This is a genus of hardy grasses of very easy culture. They are not of any great garden value, but of weedy habit, and thus we do not propose describing species here.

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DIBBERS

Their Use and Abuse. The dibber is a tool greatly used, but much abused by nine-tenths of the present-day gardeners. Its use lies in the fact that it can be used for the speedy planting of young seedlings of the cabbage tribe which have not got masses of fibrous roots. It can also be used for the speedy setting of cuttings of all kinds. For this purpose it should be very bluntly pointedthe usual dibber made of an old spade handle, and sharpened very much to a point, is not nearly so good. The abuse of the dibber is in its use as a means of setting such seed tubers as artichokes or potatoes, for planting such crops as broccoli, cauliflowers, or indeed anything possessed of a good ball of roots. For this purpose it is worse than useless. When such planting is done, a large cavity is left underneath the plants for the roots to form into. What happens is obvious. The roots are killed by the contact with sour air, and the plant dies speedily. Such planting should be done with a trowel ; it is more labour, but no modern gardener who means to be successful is going to shirk a bit of extra work. The modern man tells us he loves his plants. If this is true then it ought to be impossible for him to make them as unhappy as they can be by planting them carelessly with a dibber. Dibber planting is the lazy way, the crops are”stuck in anyhow,”and it needs a man with a trowel to plant them properly as they should be.E.

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DRYAS

(Mountain Avens. Nat. Ord. Rosacese).This genus of evergreen trailing plants, with shrubby stems and small oak-like leaves, thrives on half-shady ledges in the rock garden. It may be propagated by division of the roots in the spring, by cuttings out of doors in July, and also by seeds in heat in March. The two best species are : Dryas Drummondii (Syn. D. chamaeiryfolia).A trailing sort with nodding golden-yellow flowers. Site half – shade. Soil gritty loam. Flowering Period, June to July. Height, 4 ins. D. octopetala. A free-growing trailer with pure white flowers. Site half-shade. Soil gritty loam. Flowering Period, June to July. Height, 3 ins. Its variety lanata has attractive woolly leaves.W. I.

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