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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 5 in a series – “…and a good, strong garden scissors and knife for cutting flowers.”

  Photo: Eco Warrior Princess “THE best hose, not a half-inch imitation, but a good rubber hose that will carry as large a stream as your water-pipe will yield, is one of the first “tools” to be secured for a California garden. As to “sprinklers” and “projectors,” two-thirds of them are useless, but in every hardware […]

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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]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

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 […]

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 […]