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Historical Garden Books: A dissertation on oriental gardening by Sir William Chambers (1773) – 46 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Announcing Our New Guide to Garden Shed Design via Gardenista

A garden shed should be a sanctuary. Your safe space. At its most modest, a shed is the little building in the backyard, preferably covered with vines, where you can slip off on your own to hang your hat on a hook, re-pot an overgrown scented geranium, and organize all your sharp-edged tools. Read Announcing […]

Gardening 101: Coleus via Gardenista

Coleus: Plectranthus scutellarioides   Is coleus a plant you have to learn to love? Garden trends ebb and flow—and bright, dramatically colored foliage can be an acquired taste. I used to dismiss these tropical plants because I thought their brightly tinged leaves screamed gaudiness and were unbelievably hard to mix with other flowers. No longer. Now I […]

How To Use A Bulb Auger (And Plant Bulbs In Minutes) via The Impatient Gardener

I wish I had had one of these when I was planting my own bulbs. It is slow going with a trowel in hard soil but this could have made all the difference. — Douglas   Last spring Mr. Much More Patient looked out the window at our still-gray landscape and asked why we didn’t […]

Elements of a Japanese Garden via FineGardening

The art and craft of the Japanese garden continues to thrive today after well over 1,300 years in Japan and for the last 150 years in various points west and east. It is difficult to define one reason for the almost instant endearment of these beautiful spaces, but for me, it has always been the […]

Your First Garden: What You Need to Know Before You Plant Bulbs via Gardenista

I love garden bulbs and have planted over 150 here in my own garden. They bring me joy each Spring when I am rewarded with lovely flowers for little to no effort (after the initial planting). I have snowflakes, paperwhites, daffodils, and a few amaryllis that return year after year. Bulbs are a great idea […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Dahlia guide. Nineteen-twenty / J.J. Broomall (1920) – 33 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 […]

What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 6 in a series – “Then be ready for the planting…”

Photo by Karly Jones on Unsplash “First, in buying nursery stock buy of reliable firms; refuse substitutions, and insist upon healthy and perfect plants. Then be ready for the planting, which means that the conditions of the ground should be right. Too many people put the cart before the horse, and select their trees, for instance, before the […]

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Dahlias via Midwest Living

A good, general interest story on Dahlias, their care, and propagation. — Douglas     Available in thousands (really) of variations, dahlias bloom well into fall—and with just a little post-frost work, can survive for an encore come spring.   Read How to Plant, Grow and Care for Dahlias via Midwest Living * A portion […]

Historical Garden Books: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) – 44 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 […]