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i Display Garden Ablaze j; (Continued from Pago B 2) needed in the operation so they now hybridize on the 10 acres they have left. The name has changed from the Daffodil Mfert to Brent and Becky Heath's Display Garden. ' Now they do a lot of educa tional things such as Brent's travels to 40 different cities last year speaking to groups about tjie flower'and publishing a Ijook, "Daffodils for American Gardens,” written by Becky with photographs by Brent. They are currently working on a book about tulips. Their fields also abound in a blade of tulip colors. ■ "We're trialing bulbs here, aew varieties all the time, and Ire breed new varieties," Brent aid. \ They provide the following tjips on planting daffodil bulbs: 1 •The best time to plant is in the fall when the ground tem perature is at or below 60 degrees F, usually around the date of the first frost or when trees begin to lose their leaves. •To measure the soil temper ature, dig a hole 8 inches deep in your garden area, insert a soil thermometer or a standard room QIM7 Ringllng flroa LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! 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Where to plant: •In the wild, many species Narcissus prefer the sloping habitats of hillsides or moun tains, where natural drainage is excellent, because daffodil hybrids include an inheritance of characteristics from species Narcissus, bulbs perform better when planted in elevated areas. If you don't have an elevated area, create berms or raised beds. •When choosing your garden site, keep in mind that most daf- ■HUME fodils prefer full sun, but most will tolerate half shade, whether as filtered light all day long or as hours of shade before or after hours of sunshine. If your gar den will be near a shade tree, notice how much sunlight filters through the leaves. There should be at least half a day of sunshine available for your flow ers. •If you have limited time or funds, you can begin a bulb gar den as just a small border or edge planting. Expand your bor der a little more every year. •The moisture needs of daf fodil bulbs are heavy and critical during the spring growing sea son, virtually nonexistent dur ing summer dormancy, light and steady during fall root initiation, and light throughout the winter. •The simplest and best bulb fertilizer is good soil rich in humus and other organic mat ter. Supplemental minerals and nutritional elements, applied periodically, can help keep clumps of bulbs blooming indefi nitely. This year tours were held at the Heath's farm from March 17 to April 15, but by the first week ' mm -m ' m Bniiion m i-mummim mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmm • For Built in Strength Where It Counts - Buy T BRS RO-CROP CULTIVATORS "1 4-6-8 ROWS The Bullion "S" tine cultivator (model BRS) with four way tooth movement is designed for high speed cultivation, especially in conjunction with chemical weed control. 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