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The Book Of Town & Window Gardening | by F. A. Bardswell



Courage is wanted to write a book about Town-gardening. Is there such a thing? Some would say "No; cats, fogs, and smuts forbid." Yet how inseparable from London is the thought of flowers! Can we picture the West End on a summer's day without them? The dust-laid, freshly sprinkled squares and streets, where behind half-drawn blinds there is the fragrance of many blossoms; the bright harness of horses jangling as they champ the bit, a knot of flowers at every bridle; flower-sellers with baskets at all convenient corners, and along the roadway carts of Palms and growing plants bending and waving in the wind every man one meets has got his button-hole, and every maiden wears her posy; even the butcher-boy holds a bud between his thumb and finger, twirling it and smelling at it as he goes.

TitleThe Book Of Town & Window Gardening
AuthorF. A. Bardswell
PublisherWilliam Clowrs And Sons, Limited
Year1903
Copyright1903, William Clowrs And Sons, Limited
AmazonThe Book of Town & Wndow Gardening

Acknowledgment is due to the Editors of "The Garden," "The Gardeners" Magazine," "The Lady," and the "Pall Mall Gazette" for their courtesy in permitting the reproduction in this book of certain chapters which appeared as articles in their respective journals.

-Chapter I. Town-Gardening
I'll take the showers as they fall, I will not vex my bosom; Enough if at the end of all A little garden blossom. Courage is wanted to write a book about Town-gardening. Is there such a thing? Some...
-Chapter II. The Early Window-Box
Since Londoners have learned that life without scent and colour is not worth living, England's capital has become a City of Flowers. It is not only Covent Garden and the great floral shops of the West...
-Chapter III. Window-Box
The summer approaching with richness - And the infinite separate houses. The spring months over, and our early blossom faded, how joyfully one hails the crowd of summer flowers, that appear as if b...
-Chapter IV. Balcony-Gardening
Visions of blue Violet plots, White Daisies and Forget-me-nots. Some of us have a balcony as well as a window-box. Here is a field indeed; we have more space, more opportunity for display. Rescued ...
-Chapter V. Roof And Back-Yard Gardens In The City
High over roaring Temple Bar And set in Heaven's third story. O, green is the colour of faith and truth. When onecomes to write of roof and back-yard gardens the pen must run less glibly; such o...
-Chapter VI. Plants For The City Poor
Along the dense-packed cities all, and the teeming wharves and ways - every leaf a miracle. A kindly K.C. of my acquaintance is always telling us we ought to provide pianos for the poor. So elevat...
-Chapter VII. The Beginner
When spring unlocks the flowers. Now and again we meet with beginners who really seem hardly to know one end of a plant from another. Always buying their flowers in bunches, they have no idea how t...
-The Beginner. Continued
In April the time approaches for a quick change. We find shrubs no longer satisfy, and the early bulbs are over. We now want spring flowers, and can buy small ones ready to be planted at Covent Garden...
-Chapter VIII. Foliage Plants For Towns
Oh, give me the sweet shady side of Pall Mall. Sweet leaves to the air. We have said a good deal about Flowering Plants for town decoration; there are also non-flowering sets of plants to choose ...
-Chapter IX. Fog, Flowers, And Foliage
Air, air, fresh life-blood, thin and searching air, The clear, dear breath of God that loveth us. Air is invisible, and earth a very tangible thing indeed, which makes us forget sometimes how much ...
-Fog, Flowers, And Foliage. Continued
A few years since, after some nursing lectures at the Royal Hospital for children and women at the Waterloo Road, the following examination question was put to the students: How would you ventilate a...
-Chapter X. The Lady Decorator And The Flower-Girl
Pink, primrose, valley-lily, clove-carnation; Red rose and white rose, wall-flower, mignonette, The daisies all - these be her recreation, Her gaudies these. During the rush of the London season ma...
-Chapter XI. The Small Suburban Garden
The size of a garden has very little to do with its merit, - it is the size of the heart and brain and the goodwill of the owner that will make his garden either delightful or dull. - G. Jekyll. Th...
-The Small Suburban Garden. Continued
If the garden is long enough, it is a very good plan to turf quite up to the wall or paling, on the shady side, and have a bank raised across the middle of the garden about halfway down it. A path may...
-Chapter XII. "Next Door" - A Parenthetical Chapter
United, yet divided. One matter of the deepest import confronts the owner of the small suburban garden, from which his prototype in the country is generally free; it is the question of next door....
-Chapter XIII. Grass, Ground, Or Gravel
Where a green, grassy turf is all I crave. A turf of dull, down-trodden grass Brings summer to my heart. When people first take possession of the new suburban garden, be it ever so small or empt...
-Chapter XIV. Ferns And Wild Flowers
Wood-sorrel and wild violet Ease my soul's fret. How I do envy you your bank of Ferns is the remark made to me almost daily during the summer months when the green background of our outdoor fern...
-Ferns And Wild Flowers. Continued
But one of the greatest delights of a fernery in London or suburban gardens is the opportunity it gives of growing wild flowers. There are so many of these one longs to have, but there is no room for ...
-Chapter XV. Creepers And Climbers
Our tallest rose Peeped in at the chamber window. No cottage, villa, hut, nor any other human dwelling, however small and gardenless, need be without some leaves and flowers, for it must have walls...
-Chapter XVI. Easy Rock And Wall Gardening
The stems are faithful to the root That worketh out of view, And to the rock the root adheres In every fibre true. A rock-garden, even in a simple way, is a great joy, and there is no reason why we...
-Easy Rock And Wall Gardening. Continued
In a gardening paper the other day there was a piece of advice that amused us by its naivete. It was, never to buy plants, but always to get them given you by-friends, because that way you get much b...
-Handbooks Of Practical Gardening Under The General Editorship Of Harry Roberts
Price 2s. 6d. net, each. Crown 8vo. Illustrated. Price $ 1.00. Vol. I. - The Book of Asparagus. With Sections on Celery, Salsify, Scorzonera, and Seakale; and a chapter on their cooking and preparati...
-The Country Handbooks
- An Illustrated Series of Practical Handbooks dealing with Country Life. Suitable fir the Pocket or Knapsack Edited by Harry Roberts Fcap. 8vo (6 by 4 in.). Price 3 s. net. bound in Limp Cloth. $...
-A Series Of Volumes Embracing Memoirs, History, Belles-Lettres, Poetry, Natural History, Etc
Crown 8vo. Price 5s. net, postage 4d. Price $1.50 net. First Volumes. I. The Natural History of Selborne. By Gilbert White. Edited, with an Introduction, by Grant Allen, and containing 291 Illustra...









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