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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 04

DON’T, when invited to inspect a friend’s horticultural efforts, enlarge the whole time on the beauties of someone else’s garden that they have never seen. Read and Download the entire book from Archive.org * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from your local […]

From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 03

DON’T talk much about your garden when you take friends round ; they come to tell you about theirs. Read and Download the entire book from Archive.org * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! Read more […]

From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 02

DON’T kill the birds that eat your fruit buds; you can buy fruit — but not the songs of birds in Spring.   N.B. — They eat insects too. Read and Download the entire book from Archive.org * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be […]

From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 01

DON’T, if you are not already the owner of a garden, neglect to become one as soon as possible ! Many are the joys — few the sorrows — that it brings. Read and Download the entire book from Archive.org * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these […]

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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]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 […]

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 […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Henderson’s flowers for American gardens (1921) – 32 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 […]

Historical Garden Books: Treatise culture of the dahlia and cactus by E. Sayers (1839) – 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 […]

What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 4 in a series – “…the son of a poor country clergyman who had a small flower garden…”

By Alexander Roslin – Nationalmuseum, Public Domain “Linnaeus, the renowned Swedish botanist, was the son of a poor country clergyman who had a small flower garden in which he cultivated all the flowers which he could procure and his means would permit. From the earliest childhood of the son, he was taught to love and […]