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Japanese Gardens

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The love of llowers, shrubs and trees, is widely spread in Japan; even in the busy commercial quarters of tho large towns ahnost every house lias' its garden spot with its tiny dwarf shrubs. These dwarf shrubs and trees probably owe their origin to the narro w limits of space, and then produetion is carried on to such a ridiculous degree that a Dutch merchant wasshown aboxthree inches deep, and with a square incli of surface, In which a Bamboo, a Fir, and a Plum tree, tlie full bloom, were growing and tliriving. The price naked for this botánica] curiosity was a)Hut$30(). The metliod of dwarflng is by checking the circulation oí' the sap, cramping the extensión of the branches, chilling the roots in flat poroufl pots, which are kept constantly coldandwet. Many dwarf plants have stplped or rariegated leaves, and the production of such varieties, botli dwarfed and in tlie natural size, is a favorite hobby with Japanese gardeners. In the portions of the garden immediately surrounding the house, no tree or shrub is allowed to retain its natural size, but within oue see.s fans, slüps in lull sail, round tables, candelabra, large erescents and stiff rectangular walls. A soft velvet-like turf covers the ground, and the clean gravel paths are borden-d with gay stones, dwarf trees, and flower vases. From the ponds, in which gold fish swiiu, and from the artificial rivulets rlse mossy little rocks, to Which tiny tiridges of every conceivable shape lead. Such spots require too iiiucli (.are and attention to adinit of wide extensión, and so they generally cciipy but a coinparatively small space in front of tlie mansión. Iligh prunèd hedges encloie these green boudoiia, where nature is disguised and curled as conventional culture and the usage of "good society" demand. Without these lies the larger part of the garden, wíl. re nature is left more to herself. Japanese gardens look more beautiful toward the end of autunm, when the Collage oí the maple assumes a bright purple hue, and the Aaleas and Wax trees are elothed in dark purple tints. About this time, too, the winter Chrysanthemum is in full blooin; it is the favoiite flower of the Japanese, who posseae countless varieties of it. The si.e and splendor of its star-like llowers are often incrediWle. - Gardeners Chronicle. An Iowa newspaper hit the nail on the head when it said that anewspaper may labor for years for the best Interest of a town in every conceivable maiincr, and it is never spoken oí by the citizens. Itisnoteven mentioned to the editor - all hls cffortsbeüigtreatci! ::s o!' no consequence, or as a matter of course; but 1(4 that same editor inBert a four-lme paragraph that in the least reflecta disexedit on the town or its prospejrity, then behwra tam) Bomebody at once. '


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