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August 2019

Castor Bean Pods (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

What is your favorite plant? Leave a comment and share! Castor Bean Pods (Ricinus communis) A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan While castor bean is a veritable weed here in Southern California in Europe they grow it as an ornamental. I must admit the seed pods are quite structural and […]

What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 3 in a series – “…I wish to make a plea for a decorative plant too little used: the cactus.”

This new series is an ongoing collection of quotes from the books I am currently reading. — Douglas See more cactus pictures and posts on A Gardener’s Notebook ”And now I wish to make a plea for a decorative plant too little used: the cactus. In the first place the cacti are a very purely […]

Queen Of The Night Cactus (ca 1900) via Internet Archive

Queen Of The Night Cactus (ca 1900) via Internet Archive Beautiful historic image https://archive.org/details/queenofthenightcactus  and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing List * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: A few choice seeds and plants worthy of general culture (1898) – 31 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Golden Cosmos via Instagram

What is your favorite flower? Leave a comment and share! Golden Cosmos Orto Botanico so Brera, Milano, Italia Another fine shot from my second visit to this garden. Highly recommended should you ever be in Milan.  and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing […]

Historical Garden Books: Vick’s magazine (1908) – 43 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Foreground/Background via Instagram

What are your favorite sights in Italy? Share in the comments! Foreground/Background A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan You can create layered views in even the smallest garden, making them appear larger than they are. Here, trees and a low hedge create a frame for the scene beyond.  This photo is […]

Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—and They Need Your Help via Smithsonian

  The next time you venture into the great outdoors, keep an eye out for Ginkgo biloba trees, which can be easily identified by their distinctive fan-shaped leaves. If you find one—and you likely will, as the native Chinese plant is now ubiquitious in the United States—take a moment to pluck a few leaves, snap some photographs […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Park’s floral guide (1906) – 30 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Begonia? via Instagram

What are your favorite sights in Italy? Share in the comments! Begonia? A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan I believe this is a begonia but I didn’t capture any tag for it, so I leave it to you to tell me if I am right or wrong. 😀 This photo is […]