garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit" (1908)">
Title: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Biggle, Jacob
Subjects: Gardening Vegetable gardening
Publisher: Philadelphia, W. Atkinson Co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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of the old-fashioned flower garden! Yearsago flowers were grown in bor-ders rather than in beds—box-edged borders on each side ofa rear walk, or alongside afence or a wall or a building,filled with a profusion of old-time favorites growing in a de-lightfully informal mass of colorand variety. In those days the nightmare beds(dug out of the lawn in round or fanciful shapes)filled with geraniums or foliage plants (set straightand exactly even all around), were not common. George H. EUwanger, in The Gardens Story,touches a tender spot in my heart when he says : One passes many neglected farm-gardens alongthe road. Here, an old locust and mock-orangehave been allowed to sprout at will: the blue irishas crept outside the fence, with clumps of doubledaffodils turned over by the plow and flung on tothe roadside. There is a jungle of stunted quincesand blighted pear trees. The spreading myrtlepatch has usurped the place of what was once alawn; tall thistles, hog-weed, pig-weed and burdocks
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150 BIGGLE garden BOOK make and scatter seed year after year; an -army ofweeds has overrun the path—the plantain, purslane,goose-grass, dandelion, joint-weed and mallow; anda green goose-pond, over which are hovering yellowbutterflies, exhales its miasma in the sun. Once thegarden was beautiful, famous for its old-fashionedflowers, and many were the slips the neighbors ob-tained from its floral stores. The grain-fields andfat pastures corresponded with the luxuriance within.But the farm changed hands on the death of theowner, and the new owners cared little for theflowers. In the hope that my readers may be induced toreclaim the old gardens or start new ones along theold lines, I will give a condensed and partial list ofthe plants, etc., that Harriet and I (and some of thefriends whom weve consulted) think should beincluded in an old-fashioned flower border: Hardy Perennial Plants and Bulbs Anemone Japonica (also called Japanese anem-one) : Grows two or three feet high. Blooms fromA
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