Garden Decor: Two Desert Garden Rooms via Instagram

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Garden Decor: Two Desert Garden Rooms

Courtesy of my sister who lives in the Coachella Valley of California.

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How To Create And Maintain Trails In Your Woods via Cold Climate Gardening

I wish I had seen this guide when I was growing up back in Ohio. There were several farmers who took the time to create motorcycle and snowmobile trails in their woodlots and I am sure a lot of these tips would have come in quite handy. Not sure I’ll have the ability to put this info to use in my own urban garden, but I am sure there are those of you who would find it quite interesting. — Douglas 

The cold and the snow mean the end of gardening as we know it until mud season comes. However, if you are fortunate to have some woodland on your property, it’s an excellent time to create paths and turn your paths into trails.

What’s the difference between a path and a trail?

There are many meanings to the words path and trail, even mathematical ones. Some people consider the two words synonyms. But I like the distinction which I found here, which is that a path is made naturally by people or animals walking over it, and a trail is an improved path. It may be improved just for walking, or may be widened for horses, bicycles, or vehicles. I’m only going to be talking about improving it for walking, because we don’t have horses or off-road vehicles and bicycles.

Historical Garden Books: Planet Jr. farm and garden tools by S.L. Allen & Co (1922) – 25 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: Planet Jr. farm and garden tools by S.L. Allen & Co (1922) – 25 in a Series

Did you ever wonder what some of those old garden tools in your grandparents’ shed were used for? Heck, I know I used a couple of these when I was helping my grandmother as a child. I hadn’t really thought of it, but many were designed to be horse drawn. This catalog has a few mentions of tractor-pulled tools, too, but just a few towards the back of the catalog.

Historical Garden Books: Planet Jr. farm and garden tools by S.L. Allen & Co (1922) - 25 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Planet Jr. farm and garden tools by S.L. Allen & Co (1922) - 25 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: Planet Jr. farm and garden tools by S.L. Allen & Co (1922) - 25 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: Planet Jr. farm and garden tools by S.L. Allen & Co (1922) - 25 in a Series

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Planet Jr

Catalogue No. 50

THE need for good Farm and Garden Tools is greater today than ever before for many farmers and gardeners have been unable to replace their worn out equipment since the war.

In making replacements bear in mind that quality should be the first consideration, for good and economical work cannot be done with poor tools.

Planet Jr. Farm and Garden Tools have stood at the top for quality and design for fifty years and are better today than ever.

In addition to the old favorites we call your special attention to the new No. 77 Pivot Wheel Riding Cultivator, the new No. 60 Spring Tooth Cultivator, the new No. 2 Edger, the new No. 35 Seeder Attachment, the new No. 150 Tractor Cul- tivator and new Attachments for small tractors, all of which meet a real need satisfactorily and we believe will be greatly appreciated.

Our advice as to the Planet Jrs. best suited to your conditions will be gladly given upon request.

S. L. ALLEN & CO., Inc.

PHILADELPHIA, U. S. A.

Our Creed

IT IS an invariable rule of ours to make everything of the best material and in the best form and never to lower the quality of our goods. From the very beginning we have improved our designs wherever it seemed possible, and have never allowed the quality to depreciate. No prospect of increased profit has caused us to swerve from the determination to offer as good tools each year as we have ever made before, or else better ones. We intend this to be perpetual. 

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Publication date 1922
Publisher [Philadelphia : S.L. Allen & Co.
Collection cornellamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor usage rights See terms
Language English
 

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Proud waterwise garden owner shows off her garden via Instagram

Proud waterwise garden owner shows off her garden via Instagram

Proud waterwise garden owner shows off her garden

Sherman Oaks, California

One of the local gardens on the Sherman Oaks NC garden tour 2018. 

10 homeowners open their gardens and offer advice and information on water wise gardens for the San Fernando Valley. 

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Autumn Oak Leaves 2, Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

Autumn Oak Leaves 2, Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

Autumn Oak Leaves 2, Columbia, Missouri

We don’t get much autumn color here in Los Angeles, so it was a pleasure to experience and photograph some while in Missouri recently.

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Historical Garden Books: The Floral magazine (1870) – 24 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: The Floral magazine (1870) – 24 in a Series

Gorgeous paintings of flowers decorate this list of new flowers that gardeners might find interesting for their own gardens. — Douglas

Historical Garden Books: The Floral magazine (1870) - 24 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: The Floral magazine (1870) - 24 in a Series

Historical Garden Books: The Floral magazine (1870) - 24 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: The Floral magazine (1870) - 24 in a Series

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ONCIDIUM KRAMERIANUM.

The imitative forms of many plants and insects are well known, and are in no tribe of plants more remarkable than in the orcliidacese. Even amongst our native orchids this is seen, and the bee and fly orchis are known to those lovers of wild flowers who ramble over our chalky downs ; the beautiful Peristeria or dove plant is another example of this, but perhaps in none is it more remarkable than in the species Oncidium Papilio and Papilio Major. Few persons for the first time admitted into an orchid house where these are in bloom, and ignorant of their existence, but would be ready to exclaim, “ What a fine butterfly !” Flowering at the end of a slender stem four or five feet long, and fluttering in the draught of the opened door, it is so very like the insect from which it derives its name, that a person might well be pardoned for the mistake.

Oncidium Kramerianum, one of the many introductions of Mr. William Bull, is a species differing considerably from the older species, and coming from a different locality, viz., New Granada, while Oncidium Papilio is, we believe, exclusively confined to the West Indies ; the main difference being in the fringe that surrounds all parts of the flower, especially the lower lip, and the colours being much brighter. In cultivation the same treatment will be successful as that adopted for 0 . Papilio.

All lovers of orchids would do well to visit Mr. Bull’s establishment, as he has recently erected what may well be described as a model orchid house, where all the latest suggestions as to the successful cultivation of this lovely and varied tribe of plants may he seen carried out ; and at the present time, when flowers are so scarce, there may he seen many of the most beautiful of the family in flower, affording another proof of the enterprise and skill which preside over this establishment.

 

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Publication date 1861
Publisher London, L. Reeve & Co
Digitizing sponsor BHL-SIL-FEDLINK
Contributor New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library
Language English
Volume v.9 (1870)

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Proud waterwise garden owner shows off her garden via Instagram

Proud waterwise garden owner shows off her garden

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Garden-field-and flower seeds by I. V. Faust – 13 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: Garden-field-and flower seeds by I. V. Faust – 13 in a series

What historical garden practices do you use? Share your thoughts in the comments below!!

Historical Seed Catalogs: Garden-field-and flower seeds by I. V. Faust - 13 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Garden-field-and flower seeds by I. V. Faust - 13 in a series

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Publication date 1888
Publisher Philadelphia, P.A. : I. V. Faust
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1888
 
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Bantam Rooster on Sherman Oaks Garden Tour 2018, Sherman Oaks, California

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Bantam Rooster on Sherman Oaks Garden Tour 2018, Sherman Oaks, California

One of the local gardens on the Sherman Oaks NC garden tour 2018. 

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Proud waterwise garden owner shows off her garden

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10 homeowners open their gardens and offer advice and information on water wise gardens for the San Fernando Valley. 

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