Z is for Zinnia

zinnia

Zinnias when well grown are charming plants for the flower garden, in groups by themselves or massed with other plants. They like a rich loamy soil and sunny situation. Being mostly annuals they must be raised from seeds every year.

The text is from A Practical Guide to Garden Plants, by John Weathers (1901).  Click here to browse the book or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

Y is for Yarrow

yarrow

Yarrow is a common weed, whose gray-white flower heads are utterly unattractive even to those who profess to be fond of flowers. But, before passing the weed in disdain, it will be worth our while to pick up a small piece and place it under the glass for closer inspection. Ah! What a change!–the uninteresting weed at once assumes an attractive look.

The text is from Familiar Flowers of Field and Garden, by F. Schuyler Mathews (1896).  Click here to browse the book or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

W is for Water Lily

water lily

Water-lilies are essentially flowers for the man or woman who revels in magnificent colours, for the hues are not equalled in variety or brilliancy by the flowers of any other plants.

The text is from Water-Lilies and How to Grow Them, by Henry S. Conrad and Henri Hus (1907).  Click here to browse the book or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

U is for Urn

urn

The flowers, gathered when full grown, and dried in the shade, will presesrve their beauty for years, particularly if they are not exposed to the sun. A friend of the writer’s possesses some Amaranths, both purple and yellow, which he has had by him for several years, enclosed with some locks of hair in a little marble urn. They look as vivid as if they were put in yesterday.

The text is from Flora Domstica or The Portable Flower Garden, with Directions for the Treatment of Plants in Pots (1825).  Click here to browse the book or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

T is for Trellis

trellis

After the vine gets older, it will make strong wood to the full height of the tallest trellis, in one season, provided it be well fed with proper fertilizers. We think this system of training for city trellises, will be much admired when once it has been tried.

The text is from Bright’s Single Stem, Dwarf and Renewal System of Grape Culture, by William Bright (1860). Click here to read the book online, or to download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

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