By Twigs Way
It truly is Edwardian England, and a pleasant flower backyard and fruitful allotment are concerns of non-public satisfaction, boons for the kinfolk dinner desk, or even 'important acts of neighborhood patriotism'. 'The Edwardian Gardener's consultant' selects nuggets of knowledge from the best-selling 'One & All' backyard books, initially released in 1913. In those brief booklets, the most important agricultural and horticultural writers of the period published models in gardening types, the easiest seasonal vegetation, tips to improve foodstuff construction and the way most sensible to put out adventurous rockeries, ferneries and grottoes. Packed wit. Read more...
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Should be planted in groups of three, six, or a dozen plants, according to the width of the border.
It is really astonishing what may be done at a little cost, and with a little taste and labour, in the way of beautifying dreary spots. Instead of a narrow border, with pieces of rotten board for an edging, procure some burrs, clinkers, or flints, and form a border, with an irregular outline, all round the yard. Let this border vary in width from one to four or five feet, and, if it terminate in a shady corner, form there a rockery. In the centre form one or two roundish or oval beds, with outlines of burrs, flints, or broken bricks, and then you have the groundwork of a pretty garden [see Plan I opposite].
He can have almost perfection of purity guaranteed if he is wise enough to be willing to pay for it. And if his establishment possesses the most modern machinery, he can raise the standard of germination by eliminating all light and dead seeds, all chaff and dirt, and such weeds as may perchance remain in the bulk, notwithstanding the care of the German cultivators. Before sowing the seed the soil should be lightly and evenly raked over. The seed should be sown quite evenly over the entire surface.