Sycamore seem to exist almost everywhere we travel via Instagram

Sycamore seem to exist almost everywhere we travel

Sycamore seem to exist almost everywhere we travel via Instagram

Spotted these sycamores, or London plane trees, on my walk through the Foz neighborhood of Porto, Portugal.


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What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 8 in a series – “…go to the “plant doctor…”

What I'm Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) - 7 in a series - “Unhealthy house plants are a vexation to the spirit.

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“House plants require judgment in handling, and if you find it too great a task to decide all these delicate questions, go to the “plant doctor,” the florist, or nurseryman, and get a prescription.”

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

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Wisteria flowers along my walk via Instagram

Wisteria flowers along my walk

Wisteria flowers along my walk via Instagram

Spotted these flowers while walking the Foz neighborhood of Porto, Portugal


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Plant of the Day Sunday 18 February 2018 In a courtyard of the… via Plant of the Day

In a courtyard of the Alcázar of Seville, Spain, Cestrum ‘Newellii’ (bastard jasmine) was flowering. This vigorous evergreen shrub can grow to 3m, with clusters of bright crimson, tubular flowers that can be followed by purple berries. This plant comes originally from Mexico and can withstand temperatures down to 5°C (41°F).


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Historical Seed Catalogs: Illustrated catalogue : Spring of 1894 by Pittsburgh Nurseries (1894) – 36 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Illustrated catalogue : Spring of 1894 by Pittsburgh Nurseries (1894) – 36 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Illustrated catalogue : Spring of 1894 by Pittsburgh Nurseries (1894) - 36 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Illustrated catalogue : Spring of 1894 by Pittsburgh Nurseries (1894) - 36 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Illustrated catalogue : Spring of 1894 by Pittsburgh Nurseries (1894) - 36 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Illustrated catalogue : Spring of 1894 by Pittsburgh Nurseries (1894) - 36 in a series

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Important Notice

Since the issue of our last Spring Catalogue we have sustained a severe loss in the death of our Mr.. Alexander Murdoch, who departed this life on the ninth day of February, 1893. Mr. Murdoch has practically had entire control of the business for the last quarter of a century, and under his able management it has increased from a few scattered greenhouses and 15 or 20 acres of cultivated land to the largest established nursery business in Western Pennsylvania. Since Mr. Murdoch’s death the business management of the firm has fallen upon Mr. John R. Murdoch, assisted by his sons and nephew, and their every aim is to uphold the firm’s reputation for honest dealing, thereby assuring their patrons the same satisfaction which was always guaranteed in their dealings with the late Mr. A. Murdoch. Every effort is being put forth to keep their cut flower and seed trade what it always has been, the very best. But owing to the exorbitant increase in the tax assessments of their nursery property, it has become too valuable to be used for this purpose, and the present management feel justified in closing out this department. With this object in view they earnestly request that all intending purchasing, call and inspect their nurseries in the Twenty-second Ward, During this spring and next fall it is their intention to dispose of their immense stock of fruit and shade trees, vines, plants, shrubs and ornamentals of all kinds as rapidly as possible, and every one wishing to buy should not miss this opportunity to beautify their homes at prices which are sure to prove inducive.


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Dazzling Dahlias – 3 in a series – Dahlia ‘Tahoma Lady’

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Historical Garden Books: A dissertation on oriental gardening by Sir William Chambers (1773) – 46 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: A dissertation on oriental gardening by Sir William Chambers (1773) – 46 in a series

Historical Garden Books: A dissertation on oriental gardening by Sir William Chambers, ,  (1773) - 46 in a seriesHistorical Garden Books: A dissertation on oriental gardening by Sir William Chambers, ,  (1773) - 46 in a series

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P R E F A C E

AMONGST the decorative arts, there is none of which the influence is so extensive as that of Gardening. The productions of other arts have their separate classes of admirers, who alone relish or set any great value upon them: to the rest of the world they are indifferent; sometimes disgusting. A building affords no pleasure to the generality of men, but what results from the grandeur of the object, or the value of its materials : nor doth a picture affect them, but by its resemblance to life : a thousand other beauties, of a higher kind, are lost upon them: for, in Architecture, in Painting, and indeed in most other arts, men must learn before they can admire; their pleasure keeps pace with their judgment : and it is only by knowing much, that they can be highly delighted.



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Announcing Our New Guide to Garden Shed Design via Gardenista

A garden shed should be a sanctuary. Your safe space. At its most modest, a shed is the little building in the backyard, preferably covered with vines, where you can slip off on your own to hang your hat on a hook, re-pot an overgrown scented geranium, and organize all your sharp-edged tools.
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Historical Seed Catalogs: Money growers manual by Johnson & Stokes; (1892) – 35 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Money growers manual by Johnson & Stokes; (1892) – 35 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Money growers manual by Johnson & Stokes; (1892) - 35 in a series

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HERE are reasons why sensible people should buy their seeds of JOHNSON & Stokes. More than one hundred thousand such people have found by experience what these reasons are ; but many thousands of new cus tomers, who are seeking such a house, ought to know, too.

Growing seeds of the right sort is a difficult business. It requires rare facilities and experience just to grow good seeds. But we undertake more than this. The best sort of a seed business must be carried on doubly, so to speak, — it must grow plants, and it must grow seeds. It must grow the plants first, to find out whether the seeds of those plants are “worth growing.

Few seed houses will take the trouble to do this. We make it a chief feature of our business. What we do is not merely to grow seeds : it is to grow the right seeds, from tested stocks. Our customers get not merely seeds that will grow : they get seeds that it will pay them to grow.


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