The Flower Garden: A Handbook of Practical Garden Lore cover

The Flower Garden: A Handbook of Practical Garden Lore

Ida Dandridge Bennett (1860-1925)

1. 01-The Location and Arrangement of the Garden
2. 02-Soils
3. 03-Fertilizers
4. 04-The Hotbed, Cold-Frame and Sand-Box
5. 05-Purchasing of Seeds
6. 06-Starting Seeds in Flats
7. 07-Transplanting and Repotting
8. 08-House-Plants from Seeds
9. 09-Outside Window-Boxes
10. 10-Various Annuals from Seed
11. 11-Vines
12. 12-Ornamental Foliage Plants from Seed
13. 13-Bulbous and Tuberous-Rooted Plants
14. 14-Aquatics
15. 15-The Care of the Summer Rose-Bed
16. 16-The Hardy Lily-Bed
17. 17-The Care of Cannas, Caladiums, Dahlias, and Other Bulbs During Winter
18. 18-Hardy Shrubs and Plants for Fall Planting
19. 19-Winter Protection
20. 20-The Care of House-Plants in Winter
21. 21-Common and English Names of Flowers
22. 22-Blooming Season of Various Trees, Shrubs, and Plants
23. 23-A Chapter of Odds and Ends
24. 24-A Chapter of Don'ts

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This book is a good reference on the perennial flower gardening and landscaping. It contains information on growing the plants from seed and explains how to grow and care for the traditional garden flowering plants, bulbs, trees, and shrubs. There are sections covering all aspects of ornamental gardens including water gardens and caring for house plants in the winter. The author has lots of unexpected but good advice in her chapter of Don’ts, for example: "Don’t supply with cut flowers, plants and the like, people who spend more money for unnecessary luxuries than you do for your whole garden, and then tell you how foolish you are to spend so much time and money, and work so hard for your flowers." As this shows, the author is at times as colorful as the flowers in this informative book