With Numerous Illustrations Reproduced from Drawings by Ethel Roskruge
pg. 109 - 111
pg. 109 - 111
"1. Grow no plant which does not strike you as either beautiful or interesting.
2. Learn the requirements of every plant as far as possible before ordering it, and have everything ready before its arrival.
3. Do not overcrowd, but allow every plant to develop and display its own form of beauty. On the other hand, show as little bare earth as possible at every season of the year.
5. The borders should generally be wide -- where there is ample space not less than nine to twelve feet. They should be backed by a plant-covered trellis or wall, or by flowering and evergreen shrubs.
10. Keep a special garden notebook in which to note things which want correcting or developing. If not noted when recognized, they are likely to be forgotten when the season for making the change comes round. Also note any good plants or good effects which you may see in the gardens of others.
11. Buy your seeds from the best seedsmen, regardless of price. Buy your plants from the best nurseries, even though they may be listed a little cheaper elsewhere.
12. Do not be content merely to copy the "arrangements", "groupings" and such which you may see suggested in books or practiced by your friends. Study books, study gardens, and study wild nature, but use your own brains.
13. Make, or remake, one border every year. You will thus always have sufficient surprise to afford spice or seasoning to the "settled" part of your garden.
14. It is interesting, in addition to cultivating a large variety of flowers, to grow one flower or one race of flowers as a specialty."
Ah, yes, the wisdom of old gardening books...