Historical Garden Books – 72 in a series – The California horticulturist and floral magazine (1870) by Bay District Horticultural Society

Historical Garden Books – 72 in a series – The California horticulturist and floral magazine (1870) by Bay District Horticultural Society

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Historical Garden Books - 72 in a series - The California horticulturist and floral magazine (1870) by Bay District Horticultural Society

Historical Garden Books - 72 in a series - The California horticulturist and floral magazine (1870) by Bay District Horticultural Society

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INTRODUCTORY.

It is but right that the projectors of any new undertaking in the field of journalism, should, in making their appearance before the public, give as far as possible an insight into their ultimate end and aim, state what they propose to accomplish, and also the means at hand for its successful issue. In endeavoring to place a horticultural journal before the public of California, we may be accused of a rash act, and, no doubt, if we thought as the majority do, such might be the case. It shall be our province to show the aforesaid majority that they are wrong and we are right. Encouraged by this belief, and also in the belief of an actual need for a publication such as we propose to issue, we, with all due deference, lay before the public the first number of the “California Horticulturist.”

An extended and practical intercourse with all classes of cultivators of the soil, from the landed proprietor of two or three flower-pots to the possessor of hundreds of acres, has long since convinced us of the pressing necessity for a medium, through which all might set iorth their experiences, observations and ideas on the horticulture and agriculture of the Pacific coast. The circumstances under which every cultivator finds himself placed, whether the experienced agriculturist from distant parts of the world, or the amateur, just initiating a flower-bed, render not only desirable, but absolutely necessary, that all the local information possible to. be attained should be laid before him; and that it should be so arranged as to be of practical use and value to him in his occupation. It is this idea which has led us to the publication of this journal, as the long needed medium.

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Home School: See the microscopic wonders of herbs via National Geographic

Amateur Dutch scientist Anton van Leeuwenhoek, who lived in the late 1600s, was obsessed with the minute details of daily life
Leeuwenhoek studied any living thing he could find in his Delft home, be it the stings of bees, the mouths of fleas, or even his own sperm. He had also pondered kitchen spices, including black peppercorns. He wanted to determine the source of their spice.
 
After mixing peppercorns in water to soften them, he pulled out his microscope to examine the result. Leeuwenhoek imagined he might spot tiny spikes or arrows on the peppercorn responsible for its zing. Instead, he found tiny spheres with smooth ridges.
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6 Backyard Landscape Designs That Need Minimal Maintenance via Dwell

These no-fuss landscaping ideas yield gardens that practically take care of themselves.
 
Creating an inviting outdoor space doesn’t have to be a time-consuming, backbreaking endeavor. Although there’s no such thing as a truly zero-maintenance landscape, it is possible to create a stylish backyard with minimal upkeep. Read on for six simple design ideas that can spruce up your backyard and help you spend more time enjoying the landscape—not just working on it.
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Spectacular Leaf Art Created from Golden Gingko Leaves via My Modern Met

Spectacular Leaf Art Created from Golden Gingko Leaves via My Modern Met

Whether creating spiraling circles, a honeycomb, or a complex labyrinth, Hedrick carefully rakes the fallen leaves into intricate designs. She draws inspiration from environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy (whose visually striking nature art has also wowed us for years). With a background in landscape design and art, Hedrick sees her annual installations as a way to not only express her creativity, but to also transform the environment, drawing attention to its inherent beauty.

“[My art] is about taking something that’s already beautiful and making something unique—something you don’t just pass by,” she shared with Sactown Magazine. As she explained to the local publication, Hedrick estimates that it takes her two to three hours of meditative raking to complete each leafy installation.

Historical Seed Catalogs: Hoveys’ illustrated guide and bulb catalogue for 1878 – 56 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Hoveys’ illustrated guide and bulb catalogue for 1878 – 56 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Hoveys' illustrated guide and bulb catalogue for 1878 - 56 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Hoveys' illustrated guide and bulb catalogue for 1878 - 56 in a series

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TO CORRESPONDENTS.

To meet the increasing taste for the culture of hardy bulbs, and the yearly increasing demand for this favorite class of flowers, we have largely increased our stock, and have the pleasure of again presenting our Catalogue of the best sorts, which have been selected from our own personal experience in their cultivation. Our whole stock is imported by ourselves, direct from the best growers of bulbs in Holland ; and we do not hesitate to say, that, for ex- cellence of quality and superior variety, the assortment we offer is unsurpassed.

The Holland or Dutch bulbs have always been admired for their great beauty and brilliant colors ; and, for decorating the garden with early spring-flowers, they are indispensable : most of them blooming from March to June, when, comparatively, there are but very few other large and showy flowers ; and, without them, a garden would present at that -season a barren and unattractive appearance. At the very earliest opening of spring, the welcome Snow-drop ap- pears, followed by the golden Winter Aconite, the rich-blue Scillas, the Crocus in all its varied colors, and, in succession until June, the beautiful and fragrant Hyacinth, Narcissus, and the gorgeous Tulip in all its array of dazzling brilliancy ; producing, for a long season, such a fine display of flowers as cannot be had from any other class of plants, and rivalling in effect the bedding-plants of summer and autumn.

In addition to the great value of hardy bulbs for the open garden, many of them, such as the Crocus, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Jonquils, and Early Tulips, are equally desirable for house culture in winter, in pots, vases, rustic boxes, in baskets filled with sand and moss, and also in water. These may be filled with one kind of bulbs, or with several kinds and colors, to suit the fancy. A row of Crocuses round the edge, next a row of the Due Van Tholl Tulips, with the centre filled with Hyacinths and Polyanthus Narcissus, produces a very pleasing effect, and makes a pretty winter garden.

The season for planting all hardy bulbs is from the middle of September to the end of No- vember, and even into December, if the ground remains open ; but it is better for the bulbs, and much pleasanter, to do the work while the weather is mild and agreeable.

Publication date 1878
Topics Flowers Seeds Catalogs, Bulbs (Plants) Catalogs

 


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Meet five inspirational women gardeners via National Trust

For centuries, women’s ambitions to forge green-fingered careers were an uphill struggle for recognition and acceptance in a male dominated world.

Just a few generations ago, female head gardeners were a rarity, but now women are involved in all areas of horticulture and heritage gardening.
Here we take a look behind the scenes at some of the fascinating and diverse roles women gardeners hold today in the gardens we look after.

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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 23

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 23

DON’T grumble if the
sun shines persistently
for two or three months, but
bless, praise, and enjoy the
novel sensation !

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