Gardening in California: A Brief Treatise on the Best Methods of Cultivating Common Flowers in the California Home Garden, Designed Chiefly for the Use of Amateurs

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G. Rice & Sons, 1904 - Floriculture - 171 pages
 

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Page 64 - Your name from hence immortal life shall have, Though I, once gone, to all the world must die : The earth can yield me but a common grave, When you entombed in men's eyes shall lie. Your monument shall be my gentle verse, Which eyes not yet created shall o'er-read; And tongues to be your being shall rehearse, When all the breathers of this world are dead...
Page 37 - Let us have gardens," Keeler urged Californians, "wherein we can assemble for play or where we may sit in seclusion at work; gardens that will exhilarate our souls by the harmony and glory of pure and brilliant color, that will nourish our fancy with suggestions of romance as we sit in the shadow of the palm and listen to the whisper of rustling bamboo; gardens that will bring nature to our homes and chasten our lives with the purity of the great Earth Mother."49 Palm and bamboo— Mediterranean...
Page 31 - If this were sheltered from the prevailing wind with a wall or a screen of glass it would give the urbanite a miniature park where he could enjoy fresh air in seclusion. But these devices are all makeshifts for the unfortunate ones who must live in the heart of a city. When a home is built in the town or country the matter of a garden must be taken into consideration. Indeed, this should be studied even before the house is located on the land. Modern town lots are commonly cut up in long narrow strips...
Page 37 - In midsummer there are eschscholtzias, poppies, hollyhocks, sweet peas and marigolds, while chrystanthemums bloom In the autumn and early winter. These are but the slightest hints of the way in which a study of the floral procession of the seasons makes it possible to keep the garden aglow with color at all seasons of the year. Let us, then, by all means, make the most of our gardens, studying them as an art—the extension of architecture into the domain of life and light.
Page 36 - In the selection of plants there is one point which may be well kept in mind — to strive for a mass of bloom at all periods of the year. A little study of the seasons at which various species flower will enable one to have his garden a constant carnival of gay color. As the China lilies and snowdrops wane in midwinter, the iris puts forth its royal purple blossoms, followed...
Page 171 - In a tub or half barrel slake 4 pounds of fresh lime. When completely slaked add enough water to make a creamy whitewash. Pour this slowly into the barrel containing the copper-sulphate solution, using a coarse gunny sack stretched over the head of the barrel for a strainer. Finally fill the barrel with water, stir thoroughly, and the mixture is ready for use.
Page 31 - CALIFORNIA. 31 house. If one objects to growing flowers in the rooms, little balconies or railed-in brackets may be built outside the windows for holding rows of potted plants. Hanging baskets containing vines or ferns are most effective on porches, while boxes of earth may stand upon upper balconies from which vines may grow and trail over the outer walls.
Page 35 - Their carved gates, patterned bamboo fences, stone lanterns, thatched summer houses, and other ornamental accessories are original and graceful in every detail. Like the Italians, the Japanese make use of retired nooks and out-of-door rooms, while artificial water-courses are features of their gardens. My desire in calling especial attention to these two types of gardens developed by races as widely sundered as the Italian and...
Page 32 - ... garden in the rear. Upon hillsides, if the streets are laid out in a rational manner to conform with the contour of the land, winding naturally up the slopes, the lots will of necessity be cut into all sorts of irregular shapes. This gives endless latitude in the placing of the houses upon the lots, so that unconventional groups of buildings may be set upon the landscape in the most picturesque fashion.
Page 32 - A treatment of this sort demands very considerable stretches of land to produce a successful result. The English parks are probably the finest examples of this type, which can hardly be successfully applied to town lots not over a hundred feet in width at most. In a district where the lots are happily laid out on a somewhat more generous plan, and especially where nature has not been already despoiled of all her charms, this form of garden may be developed to best advantage.

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