S is for Snapdragon

snapdragon

Those who have seen snapdragons growing and flowering gaily on the top of old walls and in other out of the way places know how accommodating they are . . . They want the sunlight and they want their ‘feet’ dry after they are established.

The text is from a book called Sweet Peas and Abntirrhinums (Snapdragons), by William Cuthbertson, published in 1915. Click here to read the book online or to download it for free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

R is for Roots

roots

[The potatoes are] left untouched till planting-out time; they are not even watered, because the less water given to them, the hardier and more wiry they become, sending out an immense number of roots to collect food; in fact, when taken up in the middle or end of February, they have produced a complete mass of strong, fine roots.

The text is from a book called The Kitchen Garden, or, The Culture in the Open Ground of Roots, Vegetables, Herbs and Fruits, by Edmund Saul Dixon, 1855. Click here to browse the book online or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

Q is for Queen Anne’s Lace

queen anne's lace

Standing in my unmowed orchard surrounded by Queen Anne’s Lace and other assorted wildflowers, waist high and higher, I play my song on my Sigma. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

The text is by Larry Heyl, 2007. To watch a short video of Larry playing his song Queen Anne’s Lace, with gorgeous bird-song accompaniment, click here and enjoy.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012