From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 07

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 07

DON’T be too tidy
destroy the weeds but
let the flowers riot a bit.
Who can be more untidy
than Dame Nature ?

From Gardening Don'ts by M.C. 01

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Paper whites emerge after California spring rains via Instagram

Paper whites emerge after California spring rains

Paper whites emerge after California spring rains via Instagram

Here in California, spring starts when the winter rains come. The moment they do my bulbs spring into action throwing up new growth. These paper whites are always the first to emerge and offer the promise of many white flowers in just a week or so. They are quickly followed by the snowflakes and the daffodils planted around the garden.


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New growth on old rose via Instagram

New growth on old rose

New growth on old rose via Instagram

A few weeks ago, I trimmed back all my roses, as they had gone completely dormant. This is important to do every year as it stimulates growth right as we get the majority of our rain each year. I was happy to see that all the roses are now throwing off new growth like this. It just goes to show you that leaves can be beautiful too.


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Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 14 in a series – How To Care For Cotyledon Tomentosa – Bear’s Paw via Succulents Box

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 14 in a series – How To Care For Cotyledon Tomentosa – Bear’s Paw via Succulents Box

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 14 in a series - How To Care For Cotyledon Tomentosa - Bear's Paw via Succulents Box

Cotyledon tomentosa, or also known as Bear’s paw, is one of the most adorable members in the succulents family. It has a peculiar thick, ovate fuzzy green leaves with prominent dark red toothed edges that resemble the claws of a bear and velvety coating, this little fella does an awesome job in adding beautiful contrast and unique texture to any space. 

Bear’s paw has a low, shrub-like growing habitat that can reach over 30cm in height and usually produce a large orange bell-shaped flowers during spring. Although Cotyledon tomentosa is fairly easy to take care of, their leaves are quite fragile. So knowing how you can properly take care of them is a must.

Below are some tips on how you can properly care for your bear’s paw.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Wood’s seeds Catalog (1919) – 47 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Wood’s seeds Catalog (1919) – 47 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Wood's seeds Catalog (1919) - 47 in a series Historical Seed Catalogs: Wood's seeds Catalog (1919) - 47 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Wood's seeds Catalog (1919) - 47 in a seriesHistorical Seed Catalogs: Wood's seeds Catalog (1919) - 47 in a series

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WOOD’S SEEDS

FORTIETH

ANNIVERSARY


THE YEAR 1919 celebrates the Fortieth Anniversary of the founding of the business of T. W. WOOD & SONS. Started in 1879 by Mr. T. W. Wood, in a very modest way, at the corner of Sixth and Marshall Streets, the business has gradually grown in volume and extent of territory covered each successive year, until today it ranks as one of the largest seed businesses in this country. Mr. T. W. Wood continued in the business up to the time of his death, in 1905.

Associated with their father from their early boyhood days were Mr. Henry W. Wood and Mr. William P. Wood, who still continue in active management of the business. In 1 892 Mr. Thomas Whittet was admitted to an interest in the firm, and has the active management of the Garden Seed Department. In later years Mr. Robert W. Wood and Mr. Gordon F. Wood, sons of Mr. Henry W. Wood, were admitted to an interest, and occupy important positions.

In addition to the members of the firm, we have a large number of employees who have been with us for a period of over twenty years, and whose valued help and experience have had no little part in the building up and the efficiency of our business.

This record of forty years’ continuous management gives a knowledge and experience in the seed business that has few parallels in this country.

Our general offices, main store and mail-order department and one of our shipping departments are located at Nos. 11, 13, 15 and 17 South Fourteenth Street. We also have branch retail stores at each of the markets, corner Sixth and Marshall and 1 707 East Franklin Street. In addition to this we occupy three other warehouses for storage and for our modern and up-to-date seed cleaning and elevator machinery. This, together with our Kenbrook and Williamson Seed Farms, gives us an equipment for the handling of our business that is not surpassed by any other seed house in this country.

Assuring our customers that we shall always endeavor to merit their continued and increased patronage, and with best wishes for the New Year, we remain,

Yours very truly,

T. W. WOOD & SONS.

Richmond, Va., January 1, 1919.


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Dazzling Dahlias – 14 in a series – Lover’s Walk by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

Dazzling Dahlias – 14 in a series – Lover’s Walk by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

Lover's Walk

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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 06

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 06

DON’T find a place in
your garden for any
plant because it has ‘a neat
habit of growth,’ or because it
bears a ‘ showy’ flower.

From Gardening Don'ts by M.C. 01

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Historical Garden Books – 58 in a series – Cassell’s popular gardening (1884) by David Taylor Fish

Historical Garden Books – 58 in a series – Cassell’s popular gardening (1884) by David Taylor Fish

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Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 13 in a series – 4 Echeveria

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 13 in a series – 4 Echeveria

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 13 in a series - 4 Echeveria

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 13 in a series - 4 Echeveria

The Succulents Box web site offers up this collection of Echeveria and I thought it might provide you some inspiration for your collection. All of these look quite lovely. It is always nice to know that you don’t have to subscribe to services like these to get some great ideas and introduce you to new varieties you might not have heard about.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Seeds bulbs plants (1920) by Emma V. White – 46 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: 1916 seed catalog by Mills Seed Company (1916) – 45 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Seeds bulbs plants (1920) by Emma V. White - 46 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Seeds bulbs plants (1920) by Emma V. White - 46 in a series

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To Our Friends:

Spring time will soon be upon us; so this, our 24th Annual Catalog, comes as a greeting to. many old friends — and a word of friendly suggestion to new ones — lovers, all, of the beautiful diversion and practical pleasure — the Flower Garden and its more prosaic partner, the Home Vegetable plot.

As you will note, since our previous Catalog was issued, we have incorpor- ated our business, insuring a little more method and system, and giving oppor- tunity for younger hands and heads to help us serve our friends better than ever.

The spirit and plan remains the same — based as it is upon a love of flowers and the joy of working in the fresh, cool soil of the well kept garden.

Our old patrons will also note that in this issue we have specialized upon certain flower varieties, which we feel can be appreciated fully only in your own gardens the coming season.

But we feel that we should also do a little more to encourage the Kitchen Garden; fresh vegetables for your table mean practical economy and a double pleasure to the amateur gardener. As says the Garden Page of the New York Sun: “With the price of food constantly soaring, there never was a greater need of home gardens than now — higher rather than lower prices confront us.”

Plan to have a garden — vegetable as well as flowers — both will give you joy; and the work in the garden is better than medicine.

Yours truly,

EMMA V. WHITE CO.

 


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