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This is a clay pot used to hold and grow plants both indoors and out. There is a drainage hole in the bottom. The pot flares about 3 inches from the base to the top.

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Bucket -

This is a metal flower bucket once painted light green. There is one seam which has a rusted square near the base suggesting the placement of a handle at one time. The bucket is tapered about an inch from the top to the base.

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Scythe -

This is a small scythe with a metal blade and a wooden handle, once painted red. The handle is joined to the blade with two nails. The makers mark is partially legible on the verso of the handle.

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Fork, Weeding -

This is a long metal garden fork probably used for weeding or hand cultivating. The five prongs and the shaft of the fork are metal while the handle is wood. There is a metal hanging loop on the end of the handle.

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Fork, Weeding -

This is a small garden fork probably used for weeding or hand cultivating. The four prongs and the short shaft of the fork are metal while the handle is wood, once painted black.

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Can, Watering -

This is a tin watering can formed of many different pieces soldered together. It has a long spout with a band around the bottom of the sprinkle spout which is welded on.

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Can, Watering -

This is a tin watering can with a red and green sprinkle spout which was meant to screw off.

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Bucket -

This is a twin tin flower bucket joined with a center carrying handle. It was originally painted gray. The two buckets are different sizes with the larger bucket 3.5" taller than the smaller bucket.

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CORNERS OF GREY OLD GARDENS -

This small book, printed in Scotland, gathers together brief essays extolling the virtues and "romantic suggestiveness" of old gardens. The essays are written by well-known garden practitioners and luminaries, among others Sir Walter Scott, Sir Uvedale Price, William Lawson, and William Harper. An entry at the end of the book indicates that this title is part of the GREY OLD GARDENS SERIES. This volume is edited by Margaret Waterfield, copies of whose garden watercolors are copiously reproduced herein. There is a brief publisher's note after the title page indicating that copyright was granted by several periodicals for a few of the essays. Not all essays indicate from which source they are t

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OUR PLANT FRIENDS AND FOES -

The book title is self-descriptive. Geared toward "the casual reader," the author claims its contents are scientifically valid, as vetted by specialists in the topics covered. Selected species from the botanical world, from apples to rubber trees, each has its own chapter. There does not appear to be any attempt at creating a comprehensive horticultural compendium. Rather, poisonous plants and their specific diseases are addressed. Some species are noted for their beauty and/or usefulness, and many are described according to how they can be best placed in a home or farm environment. The book's brief introduction is written by William A. Taylor, an executive from the US Department of Agricul

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OUR TREES/HOW TO KNOW THEM, with PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NATURE -

The title of the book is self-descriptive. According to the preface, its objective is "to furnish an opportunity for a more intimate acquaintance with our American trees." There is no formal Table of Contents but rather a list of plates and descriptions of trees, with their botanical names given, and the page numbers where one finds illustrations and precise identifying characteristics. To make the book user-friendly, trees are classified according to their botanical family. The book is fully indexed.

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STUDIES OF AMERICAN FUNGI. MUSHROOMS EDIBLE, POISONOUS, ETC. -

This book is a scientific treatise on American fungi, or mushrooms, both edible and poisonous. It was written by George Francis Atkinson, a botany professor at Cornell University. The book is handsomely illustrated with colored plates by F.R. Rathbun and over 200 black and white photos by the author. Sarah Tyson Rorer, considered a pioneer of American domestic science and founder of the Philadelphia School of Cooking, provided many recipes and describes how best to identify and select those fungi particularly appropriate for the table.

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Pronunciation of Plant Names -

This book in size and page number (94 pp) is a small reference. Titled Pronunciation of Plant Names and published by the Garden Club of America, it is dedicated to Mrs. Francis King, first president of the Garden Club of Michigan. It is a straight-forward, alphabetized list of botanical nomenclature, after which each entry there is a phonetic presentation of proper pronunciation. There is an inked hand-written name at the top of a page inside the front cover: Bessie P. McKee/September 1923/Four Winds Farm. A list of Garden Club officers and directors appears at the beginning of the book. This particular book appears to be the sort of reference one would carry about the garden.

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A BOOK OF GARDENS -

This charming book is similar in many ways to (book) Obj. # 1976.1.1550 in that it contains gardening essays by well-known figures, including Sir Walter Scott and John Ruskin, and reproductions of Margaret H. Waterfield's famous watercolours of gardens and garden elements. It is also part of the Foulis Books series on gardens, originating in Edinburgh, Scotland., as is 1976.1.1550. The essays are generally of a "romantic" nature and the illustrations depict iconic forms of Arts and Crafts gardens and garden components in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. There is an old-fashioned aesthetic to the planting arrangements shown in the illustrations. This book may be a first edition becau

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Daffodils Narcissus and How to Grow Them:As Hardy Plants and for Cut Flowers With a Guide to the Best Varieties -

This book, with black-and-white photographic and workman-like drawn illustrations by a variety of contributors, contains just about any sort of information one would wish to learn about growing daffodils, indoors and outside. It covers what are termed "Old-Time" and "Modern" daffodils and narcissus, their history, cultural requirements, and named botanical parts. The book is well-indexed, with a few hand-written pencilled additions to the index . It's very functional in its aims, and is geared variously to the home gardener, someone with more sophisticated botanical training, and commercial growers.

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THE WELL-CONSIDERED GARDEN -

This book, by the famous American garden club woman founder and garden writer Louisa Yeomans King (Mrs. Frances King), contains a hand-written inscription and author signature on the first endpaper. The quote penned by Mrs. King as she styled herself professionally, is a perversion of something from Sir William Temple. Mrs. King writes, 'Gardening. . . . an employment and/ a possession for which (sic) woman/ is too high or too low.' The quote from Temple is taken from his treatise on the nature of REST, which says ," Gardening is an enjoyment and a possession for which NO MAN is too high or too low." This book contains a preface by Gertrude Jekyll and essays that originally appeared in the A