Saucer Magnolia/Magnolia × soulangeana via Instagram

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Saucer Magnolia/Magnolia × soulangeana via Instagram

Saucer Magnolia/Magnolia × soulangeana

Each Los Angeles winter/spring these saucer magnolia trees throughout the neighborhood spring to life. They are striking for a number of reasons but I think the main reason is the fact the the flowers appear of bare limbs, before their leaves. For a week or so they are simply a tree of large colorful flowers attracting your eye at every turn. 

I don’t have one myself, but I make sure to enjoy my neighbors trees for the short time they are in flower. 

When I have a chance, I stop by our local Armstrong Garden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 
Even when I don’t end up buying something, it is a good opportunity to take some photos to share here and on my garden blog, A Gardener’s Notebook.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) – 21 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs.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: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) – 21 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) - 21 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) - 21 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) - 21 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Farm, flower & garden seeds by A.A. Berry Seed Co (1905) - 21 in a series

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1905 GREETINGS

OUR DEAR OLD FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS.— / Old Time has passed another mile-stone in the world’s history, and it affords us great

^^i^ pleasure to extend our usual annual greetings. These little personal heart-to-heart talks with our friends who have been so kind in sending orders from time to time, are indeed a great pleasure and a happy privilege.

Dear friends and patrons: We greet you with all warmth of heart, and hope the year we are just entering may be a prosperous and happy one with you and yours.

We certainly have your best interests and happiness at heart, and hope your prosperity will increase as the years roll by. We know it is to your best interests to use Berry’s Seeds and Plants. We have the great pleasure to inform you that the past year has been a very prosperous and happy one with us. Prosperous, because we received more than double the number of orders of any previous year; and when the number of orders can be doubled by a firm in a single season, it means that firm is prospering; and this can only be accomplished by fair and honest treatment of its customers, and by giving good value for the money received. To double any business in a single year speaks volumes in the way of management. But our Golden Rule method (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”), is reaping a harvest of satisfied customers who tell their neighbors about us and advertise our business to such an extent that they, in turn, send in their orders. That is why we have received more than twice as many orders as in previous years.

In all this effort of planning, of thoughtful and earnest endeavor to give only the best of every advertised article, there has been a mixture of pleasure and contentment which makes labor sweet and life a true pleasure to know that every order we send out is filled with germs of life from which, when nature has done her part, will spring forth living representatives of the plant- ing our poor pen has endeavored to make this Catalogue portray. This can only be done by grow- ers of seed themselves. The grower plants the seed and watches from the first sprout until matu- rity, and thus he can explain accurately and honestly its habits, appearance and yield, upon an average. This is why the multitudes buy seed from Berry. They know he knows what he is talking about when he has studied and demonstrated every single statement made.

Our hearts and worldly possessions are all in this work. We absolutely guarantee every seed or bulb We ship, to grow under reasonable conditions and proper care, and in all of our experience we have never allowed a customer to go dissatisfied if we could help it, and never will.

Dear Friend, you may have read all our catalogues from the beginning; if so, We thank you for your interest and attention; but that fact should not deter you from reading every word of this one.

We extend to all our customers, as well as to those who shall favor us with their first order, thanks for their patronage thus far, and for anticipated future orders. We can truthfufty say that no seedsman can give them more truthful and honest efforts than shall we.

This year we have broken away from the old beaten paths, and instead of spending so much money in newspaper advertising we will give to our customers $3,500 in Gold Prizes. I^is is a large sum of money, and it will be easy to obtain, as we absolutely give it away to our customers. See particulars on page five. The A. A. Berry Seed Company do as they agree.

May your harvest be ever abundant, and your joys know no end!

A. A. BERRY,

Manager for A. A. Berry Seed Co.

Publication date 1905
Publisher Clarinda, Iowa : A.A. Berry Seed Co.
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1905
 
 
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Purple Power via Instagram

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Purple Power via Instagram

Purple Power via Instagram

Purple has always been one of my favorite colors and this deep purple hits the spot perfectly. 

I also appreciate the simple petal arrangement. You don’t always need double or triple blooms to make something look amazing.

Sometimes that just feels like too much and they end up looking more like a Pom Pom than a flower. 

When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 
Even when I don’t end up buying something, it is a good opportunity to take some photos to share here and on my garden blog, A Gardener’s Notebook.

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Waiting for Spring via Instagram

Waiting for Spring via Instagram

Waiting for Spring

In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan ceramic pots wait for the Spring and new seedlings.

There is such beauty in simplicity sometimes and these pots attracted my attention the minute I spotted them. We were visiting in September, so the Gardener’s has carefully, gathered, cleaned and stored their pots for the Fall and Winter.

I think I wanted to take this picture because it holds such a sense of possibility and potential. I could almost see, in my mind, the plants and flowers that would “spring” from these pots in a few months.

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Daisies in the sun

I have planted — or tried to plant — daises like this in the past, but they don’t seem to like the environment here in the garden — either in the ground or in pots. 

So, like many plants and flowers, I will admire them from afar in other people’s gardens and at the garden center. Sometimes that is the best you can do rather than wasting time and money trying to@force something to grow where it will not. 

When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 
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Historical Garden Books: The Homestead manual of valuable information for the people relating principally to the farm, orchard, garden and household (1881) by B[enjamin] F. Gue – 32 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: The Homestead manual of valuable information for the people relating principally to the farm, orchard, garden and household (1881) by B[enjamin] F. Gue – 32 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: The Homestead manual of valuable information for the people relating principally to the farm, orchard, garden and household (1881) by B[enjamin] F. Gue  - 32  in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books: The Homestead manual of valuable information for the people relating principally to the farm, orchard, garden and household (1881) by B[enjamin] F. Gue  - 32  in a Series

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PREFACE.

Great care has been taken in the compilation of this book to procure all facts and information presented to the Homestead Subscribers from the best authorities. Access has been had to the files of the best Agricultural,Horticultural,Dairy and Stock journals,to several private libraries and the great State Library of Iowa. More than a thousand volumes of standard authorities have been examined and the well settled facts, methods and recipes appropriate to the scope of the work condensed for use in this Manual. On Gleneral Farming, Dairy, Stock Raising and Breeding, the latest and best writers have been consulted.

It has been the aim of the compiler to introduce no doubtful theories, but to give well settled conclusions only, that have been reached by careful and experienced workers in the various departments of which this volume treats.

Our aim has been to collect such information as will be of the greatest value to those living on prairie farms, or in western homes. Very little space has been given to the details of general farming and ordinary grain raising, as each farmer has his own methods and is supposed to be well informed on these general topics. More space has been given to the later and improved methods and systems upon which general interest is felt, and information sought.

Forestry and fruit-growing, grass and forage plants, bee-keeping, household affairs, rules, facts, methods and recipes, occupy liberal space, as they are subjects of general interest, and such information as is eagerly sought for by thousands.

The compiler has had more than twenty years experience in western farm management, stock raising and fruit culture, and ought therefore to be able to judge of the competency and correctness of the authorities relied upon in the preparation of this work. We trust that the Subscribers of the Homestead will find in these pages much of value to every owner of a farm or home. The Household Department has been prepared by ladies who are thoroughly experienced in all household duties, and we are confident that it will be found of great value to young wives and girls who are qualifying themselves for useful and happy lives.

The Horticultural Department is made up largely from a compilation of the published experience of the members of the Iowa State Horticultural Society as gathered and condensed from the valuable Annual Reports of their transactions.

Inexperienced persons can rely upon the correctness of the information and suggestions herein contained as relates to varieties of fruit, propogation and culture. We present this volume to the Homestead. Subscribers in the confident belief that it will become a valued and reliable guide on many subjects in which they often need to seek information, and that it will never mislead, but prove one of the most profitable of the many household aids to success.

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Publication date 1881
Topics Agriculture
Publisher Des Moines, The Homestead company
Digitizing sponsor Sloan Foundation
Language English
 
 
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Is it Spring yet?

Our Southern California winter is more like Spring in other areas of the country. It has been, thankfully, raining quite a bit so the roses are recovering with much green growth and the bulbs — snow flakes, paperwhites, and daffodils — are already flowering away. Still, it has been cold at night with some threats of frost. This plays havoc with any tropical plants such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, and focus but most recover over time. 

These Gazania, I believe, were in full flower at the garden store and ready to go in someone’s garden today. I fact, planting at this time is best as the natural rains help get them well established before the heat of summer arrive. 
When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 

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Purple, blue and white via Instagram

Purple, blue and white

When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale. 

Even when I don’t end up buying something, it is a good opportunity to take some photos to share here and on my garden blog, A Gardener’s Notebook. 

Today was quite productive. You’ll see some pictures from that visit and from my own garden over the next few days. 

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A Shining Sunflower In Milan

In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan this backlit sunflower shines with the rays of its namesake.

There was so much to see in this rather small garden and I highly recommend that you visit if you are in Milan. Yes, History and architecture is amazing, too, but this is a wonderful compliment and contrast to all the sightseeing.

It also shows the importance of visiting any site at different times of day. My photos from my first and second visit are quite different due to the change in the angle and position of the sun. 

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Historical Seed Catalogs: 1905 annual catalog : garden, farm & flower seeds by Diggs & Beadles Seed Co., Inc. – 20 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: 1905 annual catalog : garden, farm & flower seeds by Diggs & Beadles Seed Co., Inc. – 20 in a series

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Historical Seed Catalogs: 1905 annual catalog : garden, farm & flower seeds by Diggs & Beadles Seed Co., Inc. - 20 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: 1905 annual catalog : garden, farm & flower seeds by Diggs & Beadles Seed Co., Inc. - 20 in a series

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TO OUR FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS:

WE take this opportunity to thank our many friends and patrons for their liberal patronage during the past season. That our business during the season just passed was more than double that of 1903 proves the high quality of our seeds and our manner of doing business. We have increased our facilities for carrying on the business and serving our customers, and to those who have used our seeds we need say nothing in their praise, as the quality of our seeds speak for themselves, but to those who have never used them we respectfully ask that they if you are once a customer you will continue to be. We make quality our first consideration always, and we believe our prices are as low as the same quabty goods can be bought for .

Soliciting your continued confidence and patronage, and wishing all a happy and prosperous year of 1905, we are.

Most respectfully.

DIGGS & BEADLES, (Incorporated.)

Richmond, Va., January 2, 1905.

Publication date 1905
Publisher Richmond, Va. : Diggs & Beadles, Inc.
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1905
 
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