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a other regions, Spring is summoning reinforcements tor her
battle against the tenacious hordes of winter. They arrive
y in small patrols for reconnoitering. Winter is too well entrench
to be driven out in a decisive battle. Even after the thawing
:h wester has sent the enemy ' into retreat, there are many,
ying actions. The harbingers of Spring can be forced 'into a
nporary set-back by a wind shift. The chill Nor easter brings heavy
Know discouraging the birds, covering the brown earth with white
again . ' ,' ' .v i ' V . ,
The old Farmer's Almanac warns that the worst storm of the year
both far and near will descend upon us in April. You almost doubt
that the dreaming flowers beneath their protecting cover will survive.
And only the faith that spring will surely break through gives you
-the strength to last
' Meanwhile one sure Indication that spring is not too far off is the
Spring Flower Show in Boston, It does make you very impatient to
get out .and dig in your own perennial border. But the gorgeous
flowers are a promise of warmth and color and fragrance after months
of looking at a cold and dreary whiteness.
, I went down two weeks ago to cure myself of the winter doldrums;
to assure myself that things will live and grow again, that they
are only dormant under the deep snow and. ice not really dead. And
I found enough loveliness to nourish my starved soul for a while.
So much loveliness that it was almost overwhelming.
' I came to Mechanics Hall by the subway-so-called, (I have never
considered it a proper subway at all) from Harvard Square. I am
' never quite sure how to get anywhere in Boston unless I am in a
car with someone driving who knows the city. But this time I came
alone. I had to change, too, and also keep the reverse directions in
my mind to know how to get back to Cambridge. It was quite an
adventure after a winter in the country.
I asked directions of the most polite policeman when I came out
of the subway at Mechanics station, and again when I went into a
" coffee shop at the Copley HoteL To my amazement I found everyone
. helpful and friendly. Another wrong impression righted. I had always
thought Boston cold and frigid - the people that is. I apologize for all
' the nasty things I have thought and said about Bostonians. The
, policeman and the two waitresses in the Copley Hotel were as warm
and friendly as any you would expect to find in Raleigh or Charlotte,
i And they put me in a receptive mood for the flower show itself - and .
changed my hostile feeling about Boston completely.
' There was far too much beauty at the show to describe it all. As
you entered there was a fabulous display of orchids - all kinds and
colors of orchids. I am not impressed by orchids, wouldn't appreciate
their finer points. But I did see two that seemed outstanding. One
in a group of cyripediums that received a first prize was a delicate
pale green and white called Claire de Lune, as wistful as the Debussy
music. The other I liked was a pale green and yellow and was named
Clive Black. There were exotic blooms,-too, in the display of Mr. and
Mrs .Edward Dane of Chestnut Hill - spray orchids, some deep crim
son shaped like stars.
Beyond there were more acacias than I have ever seen, actually
a forest of them all in bloom. So many you couldn't see the flowers
for the mass. But across the hall there was something I could appreci
ate. There in a superb setting of pines and boulders was the most
divine rock garden you could imagine. There were all the delicate
alplnes under silver birch trees against gray granite by a running
brook. An exquisite narcissus called Triandus Moonshine bloomed
among primulas and the fragrant daphne cneorum. Miniature iris
were a background for the fragile pink saxifrage. It was to me the
most satisfactory exhibit in the whole show.
. Dogwood bloomed all over the place and stunning flamboyant
azaleas and tulips. A carmine crab apple tree and deep red rhodod
endrons were startling under a cutleaf weeping birch tree all sur
rounded by the White Ensign tulip.
Under some pine trees beside a pool there were some yellow
azaleas - a lovely yellow like sunshine. I asked until I found that it
is called Nancy Waterer and is a Dutch hybrid.
There were formal gardens and old fashioned gardens. One was
surrounded by a high cedar hedge and was spectacular with tree
peonies and camellias. A tiny pool reflected lavender and white
primroses with deep purple cineraries as a backdrop. There was
a quaint captain's garden, boats, sand and all, a tiny ship-shape garden
with tulips growing under white lilacs and white cherry;and all the
plants in the garden were ones grown along the Boston waterfront
On the stage in the Grand Hall was an exhibit commemorating
the 125th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
It featured the seal of the Society with its motto sculptured in living
plants, a flower shop of another century and a bandstand with a
replica of the first building occupied by the Society as a background.
Along the aisle from the stage to the trade section was a charming
rose garden. Breck's had a formal garden with all kinds of annuals
interspersed with lilies and fox gloves and white astilbe. There was
a sort of campunula that loked pale green and showy annual
chrysanthemums in orange and yellow and bronze .
Upstairs were flower arrangements depicting "Our New England -Heritage."
There was a weaver's shop, the arrangement to suggest a
fabric Hising the fabric as an accessory. In a Paul Revere's Shop there
Were mass arrangements in original pewter and silver of flowers
and fruit. Arrangements of roses in Sandwich glass containers oc
cupied another section.
Within Paul Revere Hall were myriads of cut flowers, huge vases
of bird-of-paradise and calla lilies and roses such roses There was a
huge yellow rose called Golden Rapture, a perfect white one called
Starlight, and hundreds of the sensational red Better Times. There
was a whole hall devoted entirely to carnations with one I liked
especially, a yellow one, Shirley Anne. There were hundreds of kinds
of African violets and more house plants than I knew existed.
Even the basement had many displays, a giant cactus garden, several
Spring gardens with iris and dogwood. The Arnold Arboretum had a
fascmating exhibit of century old, Japanese dwarf trees.. Around
a bluestone terrace was an informal early June garden surrounded
, . nease ana a gay planting of peonies, delphinium
But by far the most intriguing booth of all didn't have a single
flowerlt was the Boston Mycological Society's exhibit on the second
floor. That is a club that is interested in edible mushrooms - not
just the common kind that grows commercially and is often found
in fields, but hundreds of varieties ranging from the orange fungi
on trees to the tiny black ones that spring up in clusters and soon
melt into an inky fluid.
tunf ,dal??n 1 Sha11 d0 a comPlete column about the society and
the dehghtful woman whose charm may have been what made the
exhibit so- attractive. Mrs. Franklin Hammond from Cambridge She
is so enthusiastic about her hobby that you become eager yourself
Ltfnn'.T; What f 6at befre 1 7"ture t0 taste 'f the
7n LZ I ? V? inJ"y W0Od8' poison ones ""d
to distinguish and Mrs. Hammond warned everyone, "Be suspicious
of all of them until you, know exactly what is what."
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WASHINGTON Secretary of State John Foster Dulles is really
quite optimistic about the Geneva conference with Russia and
Communist China in April even' though he la convinced the Reds
will do absolutely nothing to guarantee peace.
Dulles' optimism, in fact, is based on the expectation that Mos-1
cow and Peiping- will behave as belligerently as
ever. Dulles figures that another round of talks
getting nowhere on top of the Berlin go-round
will convince the French that they have no choice
but to ratify the European Defense Community.
Not, of course, that' Dulles would not; like to
see the Communists act as though they are sin
cerely interested In ending; the cold war. For de-'
velopments at Geneva could embarrass the. United'
BATONS AND SIX-SHOOTERS Tourists visit-'
ing Washington for the first time used to think of
the 'Library of Congress and the nation's most
I Secretary Dulles precious documents -the Declaration and the Con-,
autution as being almost synonymous,
y These documents have been moved elsewhere now, but the Library
is and always has been a lively place where almost any traveller
.could find something to his taste.
In March, for example, the theme of exhibits ranges from The Wild
'mnd Wooly West to Father of the Waltz, including, early printed edi
tions of many workers by the elder Johann Strauss.
The Library frankly states that its wild west exhibit will feature a
'romantic concept" of the cowboy, the cattle industry, ranch life,
gteroes and outlaws.
Incidentally, the Library very appropriately chose this way to ob
erve the approaching 150th anniversary of the elder Strauss' birth,
lit happens to own first editions of about 99 per cent of everything the
.composer and hi better-known son, Johann Strauss, Jr., ever wrote.
! FOW-WOW ON THE POTOMAC Indians representing more thart
40 tribes met m Washington for four days of intensive campaigning
against legislation which they claim means ultimate destruction of
.their race If approved. Most of the tribal tomahawks were raised
against so-called "withdrawal" bills which would end federal services
such as those concerning health, education and welfare for some of
Some spokesmen for the Indians, during; their stay in Washington,
Juried once and for all the myth that braves are strictly monosyllabic.
One of them acidly declared in his testimony, "We know that the
;Xndian battle for survival began when the first white man bribed his
,way into this country with a string of beads and a bolt of caUco.
"Either the United States government recognizes its treaty and
statute obligations to the Indians ... or we continue down the road
toward complete destruction.
"For more than' 130 years, the government has been paving this
road for us. I would say It is one of the few good paving jobs it has
done for the Indians."
UNCLE SAM'S POSTAL BILL Congress ruled last year that
government agencies should begin paying for their postage stamps
instead of franking their mail for free and the first tabulation of Costs
is coming in before congressional appropriations committees. The
estimate is that the cost for the government to mail its letters for one
year will be $40 million.
To most of us, $40 million worth of stamps would 40 Million
seem to be an awful lot of mucUage but expert gov
eminent witnesses contend their estimates are Raflaled as
mnerat? M , Moderate Sum
One of the biggest users 6f stamps is the Defense
department which guesses its stamp bill will run up to $14 million
a year. Another Is the Treasury department which figures on paying
out $10 million in order to mail out its tax notices and the 171 million
government checks it sends out annually.
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