Fish pond, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy via Instagram

Fish pond, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy via Instagram

Fish pond, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy

On the grounds of this summer palace of the Savion Dukes and Kings 

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Parco di Monza seen from the windows of Villa Reale via Instagram

Parco di Monza seen from the windows of Villa Reale via Instagram

Parco di Monza seen from the windows of Villa Reale 

Largest enclosed park in the world including an F1 Raceway, historic Villa Reale (royal palace) Olympic-sizes outdoor pool and acres and acres of grass and trees. 

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Historical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908) by Jacob Biggle, – 19 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908)
by Jacob Biggle, – 19 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908)
by Jacob Biggle, - 19 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit (1908)
by Jacob Biggle, - 19 in a Series

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PREFACE

In reality a preface is rather a queer thing, because it’s a “foreword” which is written last! So, it seems, I am now to have the last word. To begin, I feel especially indebted to R. L. Watts for several extracts from his excellent Pennsylvania Bulletin No. 147; to W. N. Hutt, author of Maryland Bulletin No. 116 ; and to the authors of various other bulletins, books and catalogs whose writings have given me occasional lifts over rough places. My thanks go also to the E. A. Strout Co., New York City, and to a few well-known implement manufacturers, who kindly loaned me several photographs. ‘Most of the pictures in the book, however, were especially made for it by expert photographers and engravers who were carefully instructed regarding the practical details of each picture.

Now just a few hints about the final problem of the average gardener — the selling end of the business : Don’t ship to every strange commission house that solicits your consignment. Get a good solid house and stick to it. Or sell direct to storekeepers; or join or form a co-operative shipping and selling association ; or work up a list of retail customers of your own. As an aid to the latter plan, the Long Island Agronomist, Huntington, N. Y., has evolved a shipping package which it calls a “home hamper.” It measures twenty-four inches long, fourteen inches wide, ten inches deep, and weighs about thirty pounds when filled. It contains six baskets holding about one-half peck each; these are filled with vegetables in season, from radishes to cauliflower. Assortment is made to furnish soup, salad and substantial, with occasional fancies, such as eggplant and cantaloupes. Home hampers are packed in the morning, shipped by express at 7 A. M., and delivered at the customer’s door in time for dinner ; hence real sweet corn, crisp lettuce, melting peas, beans, etc., all A No. 1, are available for the table of the city dweller. The average family uses two home hampers per week. Price, $1.50 each, delivered at the door, within the delivery limits of the Long Island Express Company and payable at the end of each month. Good idea, it seems to me. Try it.

Send only fresh, clean, attractive products to market ; sort, grade and honestly pack and mark each package ; give full measure ; use only clean, neat packages, and put your name and brand thereon. Keep the ”culls” for stock feed; earn a reputation for fancy products only.

My earnest wish : May your garden be a great success, whether planned for pleasure or profit.

Elmwood. Jacob Biggle.

 

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Publication date 1908
Publisher Philadelphia, W. Atkinson Co.
Digitizing sponsor The Library of Congress
Language English

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Native Plant Sale Weekend!, Sepulveda Garden Center, October 13 & 14, 2018

Native Plant Sale Weekend!, Sepulveda Garden Center, October 13 & 14, 2018

Native Plant Sale Weekend!
Sponsored by the California Native Plant Society (LA/SMM)
October 13 & 14, 2018 – 10am – 3:00pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA, 91436

MEMBER PRE-SALE AT 9:30am -10am Saturday only

ALL CNPS MEMBERS GET 10% OFF PLANTS & BOOKS*

We will have an expanded selection this year – with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate – there is a plant that can fill your garden’s needs. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. Items for sale include perennial wildflowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. A diverse selection of wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are new and used natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshments and lunch will be available for purchase.

During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott (1903) – 8 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 never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott (1903) – 8 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott  (1903) - 8 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott  (1903) - 8 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flower seeds by Miss C.H. Lippincott  (1903) - 8 in a series

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January 1st, 1903.

IT IS with the greatest pleasure I send my little catalogue for A 1903 season to my friends and patrons. I wish to thank you all for the very successful season of 1902. The demand for my seeds obliged me to issue an extra edition of 38,000 catalogues last year, and I trust the coming season may require even a larger extra edition. I have done my best to make the 1903 catalogue better than that of any previous year, and trust that I have been fortunate enough to give just what my friends most want.

A review of my customers’ names reveals the pleasant fact that very many remain with me from year to year, giving me continued patronage, and this fact I take to be the highest compliment that could be paid any business, and the best incentive to renewed energy.

The universal cold, wet summer has made seed-growing rather up-hill work, in many instances causing seeds to rot in the ground and preventing germination entirely. Some, no doubt, are very much discouraged, but I earnestly hope not entirely so, and that they will try again, feeling assured that with more favorable weather they will surely reap rich results in beautiful blossoms. At the urgent request of many patrons, I have added a line of roses and vines to my business, which you will find in the copy of Floral Culture which goes with every cash order of seeds, or will be sent on application FREE. I receive a number of letters saying the writers failed to receive a catalogue for several years, to all of which I would reply, I mail a catalogue to all of my customers each year, to everyone who purchases seed, but many of these go astray in the mail. So to all who will drop a card asking for one, if theirs is late in appearing, I will send’ it with pleasure. I have received so many nice letters from kind friends. I wish it were possible to print and answer them all, but space is limited; so kindly remember that they are all read and fully appreciated, and I answer them as best I can in this general letter in my catalogue greeting. Thanking you all for past favors and hoping for the continuance of your patronage, I am, Very sincerely yours,

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Publication date 1903
Publisher Minneapolis, Minn. : Miss C.H. Lippincott
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1903
 
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Container Garden Update 45: Planting Mums and Gazania [Video] (1:50)

Container Garden Update 45: Planting Mums and Gazania

In this episode:

October 2, 2018

Just a quick video to show you I am still getting into the garden on occasion. Work has kept me at the computer far more than outdoors of late, but with today’s rain forecast I thought it best to get these new acquisitions into their pots. There is one more set of purple and yellow mums to go into another pot which I hope to get done today.

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Historical Garden Books: Around the year in the garden, a seasonable guide and reminder for work with vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and under glass (1917) by Rockwell, F. F. (Frederick Frye) – 18 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 

Historical Garden Books: Around the year in the garden, a seasonable guide and reminder for work with vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and under glass (1917) by Rockwell, F. F. (Frederick Frye) – 18 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: Around the year in the garden, a seasonable guide and reminder for work with vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and under glass (1917) by Rockwell, F. F. (Frederick Frye) - 18 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Around the year in the garden, a seasonable guide and reminder for work with vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and under glass (1917) by Rockwell, F. F. (Frederick Frye) - 18 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: Around the year in the garden, a seasonable guide and reminder for work with vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and under glass (1917) by Rockwell, F. F. (Frederick Frye) - 18 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Around the year in the garden, a seasonable guide and reminder for work with vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and under glass (1917) by Rockwell, F. F. (Frederick Frye) - 18 in a Series

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FOREWORD

This book is designed for the busy man or woman whose spare time available for gardening is limited, and who, con- sequently, is interested in utilizing every hour to the best purpose. Seasonable and definite directions are given for the various tasks encountered in caring for the garden and grounds on the moderate sized place, where the services of a professional gardener are lacking. On the other hand, piece-meal and didactic directions, and “calendar garden- ing,” have been avoided. The dates mentioned in con- nection with the chapters are for the convenience of the reader, as indicating when the work described should be given attention, or can be done to the greatest advantage, — in most instances well in advance of the time for actually doing the work, so that plans may be made, varieties selected, materials obtained, and annoying delays avoided.

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Publication date 1917
Publisher New York, The Macmillan company
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor usage rights See terms
Language English
 

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Roses and ruins via Instagram

Roses and ruins via Instagram

Roses and ruins

“Down a small alley,
Behind a palazzo,
around a corner,
near a cafe.” 
 

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Choice flower seeds (1898) – 7 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 never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

I love the artwork I find in these catalogs. They range from the austere to the fanciful to the comic — as with these Brownies plants and harvesting the flowers they selected. They stand alone as little artworks all by themselves.

Historical Seed Catalogs: Choice flower seeds (1898) – 7 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs:  Choice flower seeds (1898) - 7 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs:  Choice flower seeds (1898) - 7 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs:  Choice flower seeds (1898) - 7 in a series

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FOR THE STORY OF THE BROWNIES.

My 1898 Greeting! Cash Prizes

My artist (another woman) has given you, this year, three pictures of the Brownies, viz.: (1) the front cover page, (2) this page and (3) the back cover page, and into these pic- tures, in this order, she has woven a little story, in the right reading of which by my patrons I am very much interested. And so I offer the prizes following for the best interpretation of this story.

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Publication date 1898
Publisher Minneapolis, Minn. : E.V. White
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1898
 
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Garden Decor: Wattle Edging and Fences

I’ve always loved the look of wattle fencing. It is a bit time consuming to build yourself, but it is an excellent way of using on-site materials to brighten yo your garden or homestead. All it takes are some sticks and time. — Douglas

Wattle Garden Edging

You’ll find more example of wattle fencing and edging — along with some instruction — over at Insteading.com

Wattle

Wattle Information from Wikipedia

Wattle is a lightweight construction material made by weaving thin branches (either whole, or more usually split) or slats between upright stakes to form a woven lattice. It has commonly been used to make fences and hurdles for enclosing ground or handling livestock. The wattle may be made as loose panels, slotted between timber framing to make infill panels, or it may be made in place to form the whole of a fence or wall. The technique goes back to Neolithic times.

It forms the substructure of wattle and daub, a composite building material used for making walls, in which wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. Wattle and daub has been used for at least 6,000 years, and is still an important construction material in many parts of the world. This process is similar to modern lath and plaster, a common building material for wall and ceiling surfaces, in which a series of nailed wooden strips are covered with plaster smoothed into a flat surface. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique

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