Castor Bean Pods (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

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Castor Bean Pods (Ricinus communis)

Castor Bean Pods (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan

While castor bean is a veritable weed here in Southern California in Europe they grow it as an ornamental. I must admit the seed pods are quite structural and beautiful.

This photo is from my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The mosquitos were ferocious, but I got some cool shots. 


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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


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”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 American family and worthy of recognition as being among the “early settlers.” They have, like other “first families,” a peculiar and significant way of making their presence known in society, and yet with proper recognition of their merits there are no members of the floral world more genuinely full of delight for the plant lover than these same cacti.”

What I'm Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) - 1 in a series

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The Garden Book of California
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Queen Of The Night Cactus (ca 1900) via Internet Archive

Queen Of The Night Cactus (ca 1900) via Internet Archive

Queen Of The Night Cactus (ca 1900) via Internet Archive

Beautiful historic image

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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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs.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: A few choice seeds and plants worthy of general culture (1898) – 31 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: A few choice seeds and plants worthy of general culture (1898) - 31 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: A few choice seeds and plants worthy of general culture (1898) - 31 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: A few choice seeds and plants worthy of general culture (1898) - 31 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: A few choice seeds and plants worthy of general culture (1898) - 31 in a series

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This yearly opportunity of .greeting you is a sincere pleasure— a pleasure which grows as the number of our patrons increases. We feel that this greeting is received by you in the same spirit that it is given, and that our earnest efforts to maintain the “good will” of our customers have not been in vain.

We rely upon the confidence which our customers place in us as a basis for the continuance of our dealings and the development of our trade.

There is no business which depends so much on reputation as the Seed Business, for the reason that no disappointment is so great as that resulting from the sale of poor seeds.

With these points in view we make it our foremost principle to sell nothing but the best stocks procurable, and nothing testifies so directly to the fact that our efforts are appreciated, as the thrifty and substantial growth of our business.

This Catalogue is presented to you as a personal solicitor of trade, and as our representative, it portrays accurately the vast assortment of goods which we have to offer.

We have made it attractive, not by an elaborate display of colors, but by concise descriptions, true engravings and interestingly low prices,. which will appeal to all buyers. These prices are so low as to compete with many poor goods that are being imposed upon the growers of this section..
Respectfully,

January 20, 1898.

JNO. D. IMLAY.


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Golden Cosmos via Instagram

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Golden Cosmos

Golden Cosmos via Instagram

Orto Botanico so Brera, Milano, Italia

Another fine shot from my second visit to this garden. Highly recommended should you ever be in Milan.


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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 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 Garden Books: Vick’s magazine (1908) – 43 in a series

A collection of all the magazines for 1908-1909 in one volume. Other years are also available. — Douglas

Historical Garden Books: Vick's magazine (1906) - 43 in a seriesHistorical Garden Books: Vick's magazine (1906) - 43 in a series

Historical Garden Books: Vick's magazine (1906) - 43 in a seriesHistorical Garden Books: Vick's magazine (1906) - 43 in a series

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It is with great satisfaction that we announce arrangements by which Mr. James Coursen Bartholf, Editor, Author, and Lecturer, becomes Editor-in-Chief of Vick’s Magazine.

Mr. Bartholf is a man of wide experience and scholarly attainments but these are but the least of his many qualifications for this important work. He is a man of splendid qualities of heart and head, with lofty ideals, breadth of vision, and infinite resource for attainment. He sees without stopping to notice the weaknesses of men. But lie sees more. He sees the possibilities for good in every human being and instead of condemning the shortcomings, he makes the better things so attractive that we forget the sordid and seek the better part.

Mr. Bartholf is a son of the soil and a man of the people. Born and raised in the country, lie knows the life of the people whom we have called him to serve. He knows the trials and obstacles that are met in the ordinary pursuits of life. He is therefore eminently qualified to assist in the practical affairs of life. The work which now opens up to Mr. Bartholf, is the one for which he is best fitted, and we feel confident that the readers of Vick’s Magazine will be large gainers by his becoming its editor.

This new arrangement is but preliminary to a great forward movement and improvement of this publication. The quality of paper used, the artwork, and the mechanical production are to be greatly improved, that all may be in harmony with the improved editorial quality of the magazine. We have asked Mr. Bartholf to outline his editorial policy and we print his reply herewith.

THE VICK PUBLISHING COMPANY.

 



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Foreground/Background via Instagram

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Foreground/Background

Foreground/Background via Instagram

A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan

You can create layered views in even the smallest garden, making them appear larger than they are. Here, trees and a low hedge create a frame for the scene beyond. 

This photo is from my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The mosquitos were ferocious, but I got some cool shots. 

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Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—and They Need Your Help via Smithsonian

 
The next time you venture into the great outdoors, keep an eye out for Ginkgo biloba trees, which can be easily identified by their distinctive fan-shaped leaves. If you find one—and you likely will, as the native Chinese plant is now ubiquitious in the United States—take a moment to pluck a few leaves, snap some photographs of the scene, and record your observations via the iNaturalist mobile app. Then, package your sample in an envelope, drop it into the mailbox, and give yourself a pat on the back. Congratulations: You’ve just become a citizen scientist, helping researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History use ginkgo leaves to study the past, present and future of climate change.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Park’s floral guide (1906) – 30 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: Park’s floral guide (1906) – 30 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Park's floral guide (1906) - 30 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Park's floral guide (1906) - 30 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Park's floral guide (1906) - 30 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Park's floral guide (1906) - 30 in a series

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THIRTY-SIX YEARS of constant service as a seedsman and florist, have drawn to me the esteemed patronage of more than half a million flower-loving people, many — very many of whom have become my warm friends. Every year 1 am greeted with their orders, accompanied with kind words, and often addi tional orders, solicited from flower-loving neighbors, thus aftording pleasant, friendly intercourse, and an assurance that my efforts to serve tbem faithfuUjr and well are appreciated. One-half of the business man’s life is spent in his business, and the other half in his home, and happy indeed, is that life where both the business and home contribute to his happiness. The harmonious and genial nature of those who love the beautiful makes the florist’s life one of pleasure instead of drudgery, and thus the years come and go with him in a continuous round of satisfaction and enjoyment.


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Begonia? via Instagram

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Begonia?

Begonia? via Instagram

A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan

I believe this is a begonia but I didn’t capture any tag for it, so I leave it to you to tell me if I am right or wrong. 😀

This photo is from my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The mosquitos were ferocious, but I got some cool shots. 

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