What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 6 in a series – “Then be ready for the planting…”

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“First, in buying nursery stock buy of reliable firms; refuse substitutions, and insist upon healthy and perfect plants. Then be ready for the planting, which means that the conditions of the ground should be right. Too many people put the cart before the horse, and select their trees, for instance, before the place for their reception is ready.”

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Belle Sumner Angler



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How to Plant, Grow and Care for Dahlias via Midwest Living

A good, general interest story on Dahlias, their care, and propagation. — Douglas
 
 
Available in thousands (really) of variations, dahlias bloom well into fall—and with just a little post-frost work, can survive for an encore come spring.
 
Read How to Plant, Grow and Care for Dahlias via Midwest Living


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Bosco Verticale, Milano, Italy via Instagram

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Bosco Verticale, Milano, Italy

Bosco Verticale, Milano, Italy via Instagram

An apartment complex covered in trees and plants. 


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Historical Garden Books: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) – 44 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs.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: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) – 44 in a series

Historical Garden Books: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) - 44 in a seriesHistorical Garden Books: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) - 44 in a series

Historical Garden Books: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) - 44 in a seriesHistorical Garden Books: Landscape garden series by Ralph Rodney Root (1921) - 44 in a series

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PREFACE TO THE LANDSCAPE GARDEN SERIES

“I never had any other desire so strong and so lie to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden.” — Abraham Cowley, 1618-1667.

GARDENING is one of the most inexpensive and entertaining pastimes the year round. The gardening year is divided into four regular seasons: winter, or planning time; spring, or planting time; summer, or enjoyment time; autumn, or the season for the harvest of vegetables and fruits. A study of the average home grounds in America seems to show that few people have grasped the principles of garden design or have given to this phase of home making the attention that it deserves.

The object of the Landscape Garden Series is to sei-ve as a guide to garden care and planning. It is not the object of the authors to cover each subject, of this series, in an exhaustive manner, but rather to include in these books such information as will be found helpful in planning and caring for private places.

It has been the endeavor of the writers of this series to avoid sentimental effusions upon incidental details of gardening. Such articles and books upon the subject of^ gardening have done untold good in arousing interest in this fascinating pastime, but it has seemed to the authors of this series that their inspirational literature is not supplemented frequently enough by clear exposition of the fundamental theories of good planning, and by practical information as to how these ideas may be carried out.

The material in these booklets has been arranged so that each phase of landscape work can be studied conveniently and the separate books used as a part of the garden equipment. There is necessarily some duplication in the various papers of the series. It was thought best, in many cases, to permit this dupHcation, especially when such repetition assists in driving home certain fundamental principles.

If through these books a desire can be created for better designed home grounds, and if these books will assist the home owner in making this desire a reality, the authors will feel well repaid for the thought and care which has been required in the arrangement of the material.



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In the garden 1 via TikTok

In the garden 1 via TikTok

In the garden… #butterfly #garden
A Bugs Life (Theme Music)- Michael Wetherwax

 

Bosco Verticale and Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy via Instagram

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Bosco Verticale and Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy

Bosco Verticale and Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano, Italy via Instagram

An older apartment complex covered in trees and plans near this new and decidedly modern piazza with striking office buildings, huge Unicredit tower, fountains, restaurants and shops.

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What I’m Reading: The Garden Book of California (1906) – 5 in a series – “…and a good, strong garden scissors and knife for cutting flowers.”

 

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“THE best hose, not a half-inch imitation, but a good rubber hose that will carry as large a stream as your water-pipe will yield, is one of the first “tools” to be secured for a California garden. As to “sprinklers” and “projectors,” two-thirds of them are useless, but in every hardware store may be found at least one honest clerk who can be prevailed upon to sell you a practical sort. A good, strong spade (not too large if a woman is to wield it) ; a sharp hoe—the old fashioned broad-bladed sort is the kind I would use; an iron rake with light wooden handle; if possible, a “potato-fork,” which will do for hand cultivation, instead of using the spade or the hoe; a trowel and a light wheelbarrow—these one must have to garden successfully, while many more modern tools that lighten labor may be added if the purse permits; pruning-shears, if you like, and a good, strong garden scissors and knife for cutting flowers.”

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

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The Garden Book of California
Belle Sumner Angler



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A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan via Instagram

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A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan

A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan via Instagram

This was taken during my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The mosquitos were ferocious, but I got some cool shots. 


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Historical Seed Catalogs: Henderson’s flowers for American gardens (1921) – 32 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: Henderson’s flowers for American gardens (1921) – 32 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Henderson's flowers for American gardens (1921) - 32 in a series

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HENDERSON’S FLOWER SEEDS

Probably no outdoor occupation gives so much pleasure as the cultivation of flowers from seed. Starting with the tiny grains of seed, placing them carefully in suitable soil, watching the conditions of air and moisture while the seeds are nidden below the ground, and the gradual unfolding of the tiny seedling, and later the miraculous development of leaf, stem and branch until finally the fully grown plant bursts into glorious flower; this is the pleasure awaiting one who grows flowers from seed.


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A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan via Instagram

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A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan

A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan via Instagram

This was taken during my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The mosquitos were ferocious, but I got some cool shots. 


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