,8C_J U ne20, 1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail ChÂ»rln(on, WÂ»Â»t Virginia How Does Your Garden Grow? Speaking of the Heat. Dcsiyner'x Touch' By Anne Howard ' ' Â· Garden Editor You could have grown orchids in the 'Municipal Auditorium a week ago last , night. There was just ex| actly the right amount of | humidity and heat. And | they would have loved the }music. (Now that's a |segue!) If you weren't 1 there you missed a real Â· t r e a t . The K a n a w h a S Chapter of the barber? shop singers put on a Bi\ centennial show to end all *Â·*' Â·Â·Â» on Bicentennial shows. And ;V HOWARD the good . sized audience ^ Cloved it--in spite of the heat. The men-45 "^members in the chorus and two guest Â«Â·*Â· quartets-sang some spine-tingling pa- I '^triotic numbers that had the audience ap- Â· , :; plauding like crazy, and some old-timey Â· ; ballads that brought a tear to the eye. 'Â·Â·Â·4Next time you see a notice somewhere -Â·;"Â·; that they're putting on another show, don't j^'miss it. The money, incidentally, goes to ;,the barbershoppers' national project, a -Vspeech clinic for handicapped children and 'Â·Â·"adults in Wichita, Kan. t". Â· * Â· * *Â·' Speaking of orchids, let's talk about " * Jiouse plants for a while. ^ House plants can be a joy. They can be a *Â· pain-in the neck, too, but let's concentrate - on the happy aspect for now. One of the bonuses of growing house plants is that many will last for years and years. Some people have plants, for instance, that have been handed down to them by .friends or loved ones. "But the time will come, alas, when a plant will begin to show its age. What can be done to insure it "another life"? ,There is nothing more rewarding to the house plant owner than to propagate additional healthy plants from a fine specimen he has cherished for years. Most house plants may be propagated through leaf, stein or cane cuttings, division, or air layering. Take African violets, for instance, . America's most popular house plant, and gloxinias...both are easily propagated from leaf cuttings. 'Cut the leaf and its stem off with a razor . or*sharp knife where it joins the main plant. Dip the cut stem in rooting hormone ; and insert it into vermiculite or a mixture of .50 per cent sand and 50 per cent peat . moss. Keep the soil moist but not soggy arid;the plant in a bright area but out of direct sunlight. ; keeping the right moisture level is at .once the most important and most difficult, aspect of rooting cuttings. An automatic watering device will keep your cutting adequately watered without danger of drought or overwatering. There are several on the market-or you can make your o^n--consisting of cotton wicks which you insert in the soil. Capillary action provides water on demand to the plant as soil moisture is used up. ..:Â·' ' : These same wicks may be used for stem aiid cane cuttings of philodendron, dieffen- bachia and other house plants with large vegetative stalks. Philodendron is multi- piled by cutting sections from the stem which contain one leaf and several inches of the main stem where the petiole or leaf stem joins the main plant. In the crotch where the main stem and leaf are joined is a dormant bud from which the new plant will sprout after roots have begun to form. Lay the stem horizontally just beneath the surface of the soil with the mature leaf sticking vertically out of the soil. Dieffenbachia is propagated by cane cuttings with no leaf required. Each cutting of the main cane should have two leaf scars or rings around it. A dormant bud is located between these rings and willf sprout to form a new plant when the cane Try Propagating New House Plants From Cuttings Sink Glass in Center of Pot and Use Watering Wicks section is laid horizontally just beneath the soil surface. An effective way to water your cuttings with a minimum of fuss is to use an 8-inch clay pot filled with a mixture of half sand and half peat moss with an 8-ounce drinking glass sunk into the center of the pot with its rim approximately level with the large pot's rim. Place four cotton wicks equidistant around the pot with the loose ends into the glass. Keep the glass filled with water and the wicks will keep your plants properly watered without compacting or washing away the soil around fragile new roots. To reduce evaporation from the glass, cover it with plastic covers such as those from drive-in restaurants. Insert June Chores Seed corn, beans, carrots. Plant sweet potatoes. Plant celery. Plant cabbage. Start seeds in flats for late plantings of cabbage, celery, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Tie and stake tomatoes. When corn is a foot high, side- dress with rich compost. Apply mulch to vegetable and flower gardens. Water, mulch, and spray roses. Cut back ramblers when they finish blooming. After the leaves have dried out, lift any spring-blooming bulbs that are too crowded. Store in a cool, dry place until autumn. Have you planted your caladiums, tuberoses, cannas and other tender bulbs? Dig and divide primroses and lily- of-the-valley. Prune spring flowering deciduous shrubs when they finish blooming. Trim lupines all the way to the ground after they have flowered. Cut delphiniums half-way back when they finish blooming, to encourage second flowering. After second flowers fade, cut stalks back to crown. Cut back early-blooming perennials. Don't overwater geraniums. They'll bloom best when kept rather dry. Stake tall-growing perennials. Remove dead blossoms from all flowers. To keep up succession of bloom, sow sedon lot of annuals which bloom for short time--such as candytuft, cornflowers and nigella. ' Pinch back tall-growing annuals such as asters, chrysanthemums, dahlias. the wicks through holes punched in the top. * Â» * While we're on the subject of house plants, have you seen The Plant Doctor--Growing and Healing Indoor Plant* by Richard Nicholls? This is one of the handiest books available for indoor plant enthusiasts. Nicholls uses an easy-lo-understand approach to tending sick plants and keeping healthy plants well. The "patients" are divided into three major groupings: foliage house, plants, flowering house plants, and cacti and succulents. Nicholls tells us what to look for when we buy our plants. He advises against buying expensive plants at a variety shop, supermarket, department store, or florist. "Buy your house plants from people who fcnoui house plants," he says, adding that if a variety store has a shoddy plant shop, the store probably will survive even if the plant department falls by the wayside. On the other hand, if a store that deals with nothing but plants acquires the reputation of not knowing what its doing or of selling under-the-weather specimens, then people are going to stop going there altogether. Which makes sense. However, if your most convenient source is the supermarket, Nicholls tells you what to look for: healthy green color, any holes in the leaves, ravelled edges, leaves missing? He also says to look at the soil surface. Any white growth on the soil, plant wilted, listless or bent, any guarantee from the store? The condition of the store itself is another criterion. If the plants are all jammed together and the shop is dirty and poorly ventilated, better go somewhere else. And getting it home is another source of trouble. Have the store wrap it in plastic or paper. Don't carry a plant around with you all day while you shop--take it home immediately. * * * The chapter on problems is worth the cost of the book. For instance, Nicholls discusses leaves, saying they become discolored, yellow or browned when--and then he lists the probable reasons and what to do about correcting ,the situation. Or they fall off the plant because--and then he says why and what to do. This is carried through into such things as flower buds and flowers, stems, roots, soil, etc. * * * I highly recommend The Plant Doctor--Growing and Healing Indoor Plants . The original publication was issued by Running Press for $3.95. There now is a Bantam edition for $1.75. Both, of course, c o n t a i n Nicholls' easy- to-understand text, and the equally easy- to-understand illustrations by Edwina McFarlane. Inside Fashion Suit Makes Comeback for Fall By Eugenia Sheppard ; NEW YORK - The suit, which was not .only popular but absolutely essential iin ; the '40s and '60s, will be around again this " fall, according to many of the country's * most prestigious designers. - Not that you can drag an old suit out of 'mothballs and wear it to a committee "meeting. No such luck. ,', The new suits will be anything from a .faint suggestion of the old look to some- 'thing completely different. They will be less constructed, made of lighterweight : fabrics, softer in silhouette and with longer skirts. ; One designer who has come close to bringing back the suit as it once was is James Daugherty. * * * "I THINK it's time for the shorter jacket to come back, along with a fuller skirt," i Daugherty says. Almost every collection has Us pinstriped gray flannel or chalk-striped black wool suit. Even the hardest tailored, with notched collars, lapels and single- or doub- lebr'easted closings, though, are far from the. genuine man-tailored suit that once was the female uniform. The new versions are minus shoulder pads, much more casually fitted through ! the middle and often have trouser pleating : at the waistline to make the slim, slit skirt -'Â· look less severe. The sleeveless vest, without which no .: 1976 suit is complete, is a new addition. ' Many of the new suits even come in four ..pieces, with coordinated slacks as alter' nates to the skirt. ; . The well-turned-out panlsuit still has Â· imore fans than the skirt suit. . ' . ' * Â· * GEOFFREY BEENE brings back another old favorite: the suit-related topcoat ;that can be worn over the whole suit or over the skirt alone. . . Â· Other designers prefer the suit beneath a cape. For Anne Klein, Donna Karan has designed a riding habit suit. It copies the fit 'and flare of the hunting jacket and goes ;with a gjred skirt. It has a caje that is optional. x The fall blazer suit Is a hangover from last spring but, as a sportier equivalent to the more tailored look, is still going strong. Classic as it is, designers have treated the blazer with great imagination, and one collection has even produced five different types. Mollie Parnis believes in the very soft suit. "Yes, I think women will wear suits again, but they also still love the wrapped look," she says. "Most popular so far are the capes and mohair shawls over skirts and tops. Anything that wraps." A Green Color Scheme By Connie Shearer So called 'green thumb' decorating has been our topic many times before, but since the best time of the year for growing is at hand it seems only right to discuss planting as a decorating medium once more Plants have gained tremendous popularity as decorative elements in apartments, homes and offices. Their use depends on personal taste, budget and an individual's 'green thumb' abilities. If you've never tried to grow sometf ng green in your home or if you have tried and failed, give it one more attempt. This time consult the ladies or gents who work in your favorite plant shop. They are knowledgeable and they enjoy chatting about plants. Often they can suggest plants which are best suited to your needs and decor. If you're the bookworm type, there are some excellent books available at the library. But no matter what else you learn from your friendly florist or from books, proper light is important, and it can be tricky. Many foliage plants cannot tolerate direct sunlight; their leaves will burn if they get too much. On the other hand, flowering Â· plants, cacti and succulents will not bloom without enough direct sunlight. But now to decorating around plants, I can't think of anything that looks more attractive with plants than hints of the out of doors. Example: A foyer floor with the look of slate, accented with a large ceramic urn and potted palms. Example: A den with a brick or stone fireplace or wall and dozens of plants of different varieties in old-fashioned clay pots. Here is one of the few places in which some of the larger ceramic wild animals which are currently available in decorator shops look just right. Example: A bedroom, sitting room or living room which has a lot of sunlight and green, white or pastel carpeting. Fill it with potted ferns. Use white painted furniture-either the pieces seen in furniture stores or the kind you have revamped with a good scrubbing and a coat of paint. Ferns are nice in windows, in a bookshelf, and on a table. But If you have just one fern, you must have an old-fashioned fern stand. There are some nice wicker ones now available. You can do your own thing with plants, as you can with any decorative item. 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