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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. 
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 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? via Instagram

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Is it Spring yet? via Instagram

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

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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 via Instagram

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A Shining Sunflower In Milan via Instagram

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. 

Look for this picture to be used on my @Redbubble products very soon, too! Follow @dewdesignphoto on Instagram for more products. 

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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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Recently Purchased from the Gardener’s Notebook Shop – H Potter Window Box Rectangular Succulent Planter

Readers of A Gardener’s Notebook find the coolest items via my store on Amazon. I saw this purchase this morning and it looks great! This is something I would consider purchasing myself for my patio table. I love copper planters and other copper garden decor. — Douglas

H Potter Window Box Rectangular Succulent Planter Indoor Outdoor Flower Garden Planters (16″ x 6″ x 5.75″)

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  • HANDCRAFTED – HOME DÉCOR ACCENT – Stainless steel rectangular planter box with an antique copper hand-applied finish for luxurious appeal. This indoor planter box is current with a timeless feel. Use indoors as an herb planter on a windowsill to connect with the outdoors or place outdoors on your patio, deck, or tabletop. Complete with custom rectangular drainage tray, this home décor accent is designed to add character to your living space. No plants included.
  • NATURE BASED PLANTER FOR ALL SEASONS – At widest outer points approximately 16 inches long by 6 inches wide by 5.75 inches high, this planter garden box will make an eye-catching focal point and impressive statement wherever it’s placed. Sold as a single garden planter, beautiful displayed as centerpieces or multiples lining your dining table. Unique and sturdy, if you’re looking for something memorable, this beautiful window box planter. A perfect wedding decoration or birthday gift idea.
  • HEAVY AND DURABLE CONSTRUCTION – Built to last, use with any seasonal décor. Stunning filled with herb pots or flower pots and covered with sheet moss or plant directly inside the metal planter. Easy to update and freshen your holiday decor. Try a color theme this season and a texture theme next month. Simple enough to blend with any home décor. Trending now, the rich antique copper finish adds earthy warmth to your traditional or modern home.
  • INTRICATE DETAILING – MINIMALIST STYLE – Plants not only promote a healthy home environment but can offer a touch of elegant beauty to your home and garden. Uniquely designed with a heavy, durable construction, the H Potter rectangular succulent planter is perfect for alfresco dining and outdoor living. Tranquility of greenery is an ideal mood setter and stress reliever, this gardening planter is the perfect size to fit any location and can be moved easily.
  • QUALITY BY H POTTER – H Potter has been designing and manufacturing premium quality garden products for over 20 years. We do not pretend to be the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. Packaged well, with stunning craftsmanship and backed by great customer service, we’re proud to say our garden products are built to last.

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Rhododendron, Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanic Garden, San Marino, California

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Rhododendron, Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanic Garden, San Marino, California

Rhododendron, Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanic Garden, San Marino, California

I hadn’t been to the Huntington in a long time, but with our Italian family in time it was a “must see.” Danielle and Marcello had visited 16 years ago on their honeymoon and knew that her mother, Francesca would love to see it, too. We walked — and photographed — a large majority of the gardens and viewed some amazing documents on display in the Library.

Like many past visits, surprises lurked around every corner. These rhododendrons sprung into view as we were navigating a back way to the new Chinese Garden. Such bright flowers in the shade always “pop” so much and — as you can imagine — a photograph was required to remember them and share them here and on A Gardener’s Notebook. Had I not decided this particular route and turned this particular corner at this particular time, I might have missed them entirely. Serendipity always plays a great part in travel and photography. 

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Historical Garden Books: The gardener’s weekly magazine, and floricultural cabinet Vol. 29 (1886) by Harrison, J. J – 31 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 

Historical Garden Books: The gardener’s weekly magazine, and floricultural cabinet Vol. 29 (1886) by Harrison, J. J – 31 in a Series

This is another yearly collection of  a weekly mailing bound together into one volume.

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FOR AMATEUR CULTIVATORS, AND EXHIBITORS OF PLANTS, FLOWERS, AND FRUITS: FOR GENTLEMEN’S GARDENERS, FLORISTS, NURSERYMEN, AND SEEDSMEN:

FOR NATURALISTS, BOTANISTS, BEEKEEPERS, AND LOVERS OF THE COUNTRY.

Conducted by SHIRLEY HIBBERD, F.R.H.S.

“ There are no ancient gentlemen but gardeners. . . They hold up Adam’s profession.”

Hamlet, v. 1

THE GARDEN ORACLE for 1886 is on the same plan as former issues, the present being the twenty-eighth publication of this work. It contains complete lists of the new plants, new flowers, and new fruits, and a complete list of the New Parliament.

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Publication date 1860
Publisher London : [Gardener’s Weekly Magazine]
Digitizing sponsor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Alternates
Language English
Volume v.29(1886)
 
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