Historical Garden Books: The Cottage Gardener – Collection of Weekly Newsletters (1849) – 15 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: The Cottage Gardener – Collection of Weekly Newsletters (1849) – 15 in a Series

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TO OUR READERS.

“Ladies and Gentlemen” we are to be together for six months’ said the captain of an outward-bound East Indiaman; “let us be pleased with each other during that time.” Now, no voyage could be more delightful than was the one of which that brief address was the preface : let it be ours, then, at the commencement of a new volume — our six months’ voyage . and we have a good hope, when it closes, that our passengers will agree to a memorial, as in the voyage alluded to, thanking ” the captain, officers, and crew, for their uniform urbanity and good conduct.” Such a memorial is doubly gratifying, for it rewards past efforts, and is an earnest of future success; — it is an evidence that the same passengers will sail \nth you again, and that they will recommend the craft to their friends. As we are beginning a new, so we are just closing one of our six months’ voyages; and most gratefully do we add that it has been prosperous. That it has been pleasant to our passengers that prosperity is a silent testimony; but we have recorded evidence, also, in many letters — such as we have before quoted in former volumes — and we must give extracts from two of them now.

One, from a young gardener, says, — ” My garden has been a complete mass of flowers, while the gardens around looked comparatively barren. I have had several brother professionals asking my advice and among them my old master. The advice I gave hun was the advice I have given to all — Read The Cottage Gardener. My old master laughed at such advice, saying such principles and secrets as I practised were not taught in books; but I soon convinced him of his mistake, by shewing him the volumes, and comparing my garden with them. I am happy to say that he is now a constant subscriber.”

The next letter is from a lady, and it thus concludes: — ” I must add my mite of thanks for your most useful periodical, which, from an indolent country girl, has converted me into an active gardener, delighting in my flowers, and not scorning hard work — at which my husband marvels.” Now, some such young lady as our correspondent was before she read The Cottage Gardener, was another young lady on board the ship we have mentioned; and we remember her asking the captain whether he should have a new band of musicians next voyage. He replied in the negative, but that “they would have a good supply of new music.”

Precisely so \nth our musicians. We retain the old — have added one or two more; and we are quite confident that our readers will agree that they all ” discourse most excellent music.” They harmonise well; have abundance of new themes, and we pledge ourselves that they shall keep good time.

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Publication date 1849
Publisher [London : W.S. Orr
Digitizing sponsor UMass Amherst Libraries
Contributor UMass Amherst Libraries
Language English
Volume v.6 1851

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Adolphus Wysong; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog (1906)f – 5 in a series

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Adolphus Wysong; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog – 5 in a series

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To Our Friends and Customers:

In presenting- to you our annual Catalogue and Price List for 1906 we take pleas-
ure in thanking you for the liberal patronage you have given us, and respectfully
ask for a continuance of the same for the future.

IVotMng for which money is expended makes so large a return as Seeds^ if they
are GOOD. Nothing causes greater vexation than WORTHLESS seeds. If you want
to avoid disappointment, don’t rely on seeds peddled over the country and sold on
commission — the chances are against their vegetating. We send out no seeds on
commission

The illustrations and descriptions are as near right as they can be made. Our
prices will be found low.

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Publication date 1906
Publisher Lebanon, Ind. : Adolphus Wysong
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1906
 

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Garden Decor: Antique Doorknob Flower and Herb Drying Display

I love these antique doorknobs and doorplates repurposed in this way. I think you could use it in any number of ways depending on how sturdily you mounted it to the wall.
 
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Historical Garden Books: Every lady her own flower gardener by Louisa Johnson – 14 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: Every lady her own flower gardener by Louisa Johnson – 14 in a Series

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PREFACE.

I HAVE been induced to compile this little work from hearing many of my companions regret that no single book contained a sufficiently condensed and general account of the business of a Flower Garden. ” We require,” they said, “a work in a small compass, which will enable us to become our own gardener: we wish to know how to set about every thing ourselves, without expense, without being deluged with Latin words and technical terms, and without being obliged to pick our way through multiplied publications, redolent of descriptions, and not always particularly lucid. We require a practical work, telling us of useful flowers, simple modes of rearing them, simply expressed, and free from lists of plants and roots which require expensive methods of preservation. Some of us have gar dens, but we cannot afford a gardener: we like flowers, but we cannot attempt to take more than common pains to raise them. We require to know the hardiest flowers, and to comprehend the general business of the garden, undisturbed by fear of failure, and at the most economical scale of expense. Who will write us such a book?”

I have endeavored to meet their views ; and my plan of Floriculture may be carried into effect by any lady who can command tin services of an old man, a woman, or a stout boy. I have omittcc the names of all tender plants ; and I have given a chapter to eacl class of plants, in language as plain as the subject would allow I have avoided technicality ; and I have endeavored to execute my task with a due respect to economy, simplicity, and arrangement I dedicate my work to all of my own sex who delight in flowers, and yet cannot allow themselves to enter into great expense h their cultivation.

L. JOHNSON.

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Publication date 1842
Publisher Charleston : S. Babcock
Collection cdlamericana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Language English
 

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Little tomatoes for making sauce at the local Farmers Market

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