February 25, 2011MCM Home Improvement: How Does Your MCM Garden Grow, Part 2
By Sablemable aka Jan
This week’s garden topic is about annuals. The Home Garden February 1952 magazine offered a list of annuals to begin inside your home. Can you believe it? Twenty-five cents for this magazine! Nice greenhouse, too!
On page 13, The Home Garden lists annuals that one should begin to plant from seed inside the home. This is a great list as it gives the names of the different varieties. A MCM version of Annuals For Dummies!
There are a lot of advertisements in these magazines; familiar names such as Breck’s, Burpee, Wayside Gardens and Jackson and Perkins. I even found an advertisement in this issue of a nursery here in my neck of the woods. Zilke Brothers Nursery is located at 8924 Cleveland Avenue in Baroda, Michigan and are still going strong. Their business is housed in a beautiful MCM modern brick building, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
One annual that re-seeds itself is Vinca (aka periwinkle). I planted vinca years ago around the mailbox post at my 1958 ranch and it is thick and lush with leaves and lavender flowers. I’ve transplanted some of it to my 1955 ranch and it is still among the living. Morning Glories also re-seed themselves, but they only lasted for two growing seasons after I first planted the seeds. Still, they were a treat to see all of the multi-colored flowers blooming for those two years.
Do you plant annuals in your gardens, readers? If so, what do you plant? Do you have a favorite nursery that you buy from?