Garden Decor: Shrubs or Topiary Frames with Sheep Faces

I’d love to find the original source for this idea, but I can’t seem to locate it, even after a bit of time searching around.

If anyone knows where this comes from, please pass it along.

I think these sheep are absolutely adorable and would look great amid almost any garden. I suppose if you could find the heads, you could just embed them in any roundish shrub to for a similar effect. I first thought these were actually topiary frames, but after looking at them for a while it appears that are just sheep-shaped boxwood or other tightly clipped shrub.

I’ll definitely stash this idea away for future use.

Garden Decor: Shrubs or Topiary Frames with Sheep Faces

Historical Garden Books: The garden primer : a practical handbook on the elements of gardening for beginners by Grace Tabor; Gardner Callahan Teall (1910)- 11 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: The garden primer : a practical handbook on the elements of gardening for beginners
by Grace Tabor; Gardner Callahan Teall (1910)- 11 in a Series

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PREFACE

IT is the purpose of this little book to set forth in the most direct form, but without technical- ities, the fundamental principles of amateur gardening in America. Unlike the greater number of the volumes one finds in garden literature it presupposes no knowl- edge of the subject, rather aiming to satisfy those who now for the first time wish to know how to make things grow, and are in need of a trustworthy guide to going about it. The tables included have been prepared with the greatest care, and the entire matter appearing herein should prove applicable to conditions throughout every state.

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Publication date c1910
Topics Gardening
Publisher Philadelphia, Pa. : John C. Winston
Collection cdlamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Language English
 

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Seed catalog by Hobbs, Parsons Co; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection – 1 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: Seed catalog by Hobbs, Parsons Co; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection – 1 in a series

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IN OFFERING our Catalogue for 1913, we do so with the purpose of submitting an intelligent list of the Garden, Flower and Field Seeds that have proved to be of sufficient merit to warrant recognition as standard varieties. Many novelties are introduced each year, but in most cases they lack com mercial value and are consequently dropped. Therefore, we have aimed to list nothing but standard seeds, and the descriptions accompanying them are based on actual experience and observation. We have endeavored to make them as accurate as possible, thus enabling the purchaser to make selections without mistake. 

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Publication date 1914
Publisher Fresno, Calif. ; Stockton, Calif. : Hobbs, Parsons Co.
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1914
 

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10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Elevated Planters via Gardenista

I am always looking for different styles of planters for my own garden and a new community garden I am working to get started in Sherman Oaks. The community garden needs to serve people of all abilities and these elevated beds can be great for older folks or others who are limited in their mobility. — Douglas
 
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Bring your gardening to new heights with an elevated planter box. “Why,” you ask, “a garden box on legs?”

There are several benefits to an elevated planter:

  • Offers “no-bend” gardening, reducing strain on the gardener’s knees and back.
  • Great for gardens where dirt space is scarce.
  • Puts your garden within close reach.
  • Enables urban dwellers without a dirt patch a way to get garden bounty on a balcony or any spot where four legs and a box will fit.
  • Gets delicate crops off the ground and out of reach of pets and pests (take that, slugs).
  • Gives more control over soil and water conditions for edible gardens.
  • Portability enables you to chase the seasonal sun or move the planter to various light conditions depending on what you are growing.
 
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Bougainvillea in the Sun via Instagram

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Garden Decor: Kaleidoscope Obelisk and Tomato Cage

I came across these pieces in my Internet travels and loved how the addition of the colored glass dresses up what could be a fairly utilitarian piece of garden equipment. It gives me half a mind to retrofit my own wire obelisk with some similar elements, if I can.

Kaleidoscope obelisk Kaleidoscope tomato cage

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Obelisk Description

Our best-ever obelisk support frames your vining plants like masterpieces! Colorful glass catches the sunlight, while the ultra-sturdy steel and generous dimensions guarantee maximum effectiveness and visual impact. Grow vines in summer, and then decorate it for the holidays with evergreen boughs and lights. Made with 5/16″ diameter powder-coated steel stock, it will last for decades. Includes stakes for anchoring. Designed by artist and urban gardener Allegra DeAngelo, one of our official garden testers.

Tomato Cage Description

Our best-ever tomato support frames your tomato plant like a masterpiece! Colorful glass catches the sunlight, while the robust steel frame and generous dimensions guarantee maximum effectiveness and visual impact. Made with hefty 5/16″ diameter powder-coated steel stock, it will last for decades. Ideal for determinate tomatoes. Includes stakes for anchoring. Designed by artist and urban gardener Allegra DeAngelo, one of our official garden testers.

Historical Garden Books: Gardening for beginners; a handbook to the garden by E. T. Cook (1901) – 10 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 books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: Gardening for beginners; a handbook to the garden by E. T. Cook (1901) – 10 in a Series

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PREFACE

ALTHOUGH books on gardening are now many in number, there has scarcely as yet been one quite suitable for beginners that is, both fully illustrated, and so plain and easy that it does not either alarm or discourage the absolute novice. There are many now who wish to learn, and a simple book that will put them in the right way, and be truly a beginner’s book, telling all about gardening in the simple language that all can understand, and describing garden methods and practice in detail, can hardly fail to be welcome and helpful.

For the best of all gardening is always the simplest. Sometimes, in a little wayside cottage strip, that is tended by labouring folk who love flowers, there may be seen some combination of one or two or of two or three kinds of plants that is of so high an order of beauty that one may look in vain for anything as good in many a large place where skilled labour is abundant and expense is not considered.

Those who are growing old among the flowers become more and more aware that all the best things that can be seen or enjoyed in the garden are the simplest things, done in the simplest ways. One may even venture to say that this admirable quality of simplicity is the beginning and end of all good things in gardening. For instance, a child might be taught, as a first lesson in planting, to make a little edging- of white Pink or of Thrift or of London Pride, and would be rewarded by seeing the result of its work a year after in its full beauty of young strength of bloom. Thirty or forty years later, the same child, now grown to full years of experience, will look at such a little two-year-old border, and will see that it is always a thing perfectly good of its kind, and a living source of satisfaction and delight. But, meanwhile, by slow degrees, and by learning and watching little things, each perhaps of slight importance in itself, but with some bearing on other matters that will distinctly help to build up knowledge, the outlook will have grown wider, and the once beginner, now a master of his craft, has learnt both to know his plants with all their wants and ways, and how to fit them, by placing the right plant or group of plants in the right spot, to all the widely varied conditions and demands of many gardens.

It is easy to go wrong, especially at first, by trying to use too many things at a time. It is true that the good gardener has to learn the ways and needs of a great many plants ; it is a part of his training to work through a widely varied collection, and to obtain an intimate knowledge of all, but it is only when he has gained a close acquaintance with individuals that he can then select and combine, and rightly use his knowledge for the direct service of each special purpose. And then, if he have the divine gift of a right perception, refined and strengthened by humble searching and unwearied labour, and by training his mind to the modest level of regarding himself always as a beginner, he will in the end acquire that ultimate power which will enable him to use all his material with an aim as true and an attainment as sure as the child with his simple edging of one well-known and well-loved little flowering plant.

GERTRUDE JEKYLL.

 

 

SWEET PEAS

This annual flower is too beautiful and fragrant to simply enumerate in a general list without further reference to its importance in all gardens, whether of the palace or of the cottage. In the days of old, the mixed packets of seed afforded a great variety of colours, pink, purple, rose, and others, but at the present time we have the beautiful kinds raised by Mr. Eckford and others, which may be obtained in mixtures or in separate packets that is, in distinct kinds.

 

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Publication date 1901
Publisher New York, Charles Scribner’s sons
Collection cdlamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Language English
 

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