Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Warm Up


Although it snowed here a few days ago, the weekend promises to be seasonably warm and we're looking forward to opening windows, finishing yard clean-up, sowing some cool season veggies, and doing a bit of spring cleaning.


This blog is about interior design but we want to pay some attention to the exterior also. We've written about our Victorian garden elsewhere (see links below) but wanted to encourage our readers to plant at least a few heirlooms - both edible and decorative.

Heirloom plants, as their longevity attests, are generally disease resistant and often easier to grow than modern versions. Not everything in our garden dates back to the late 1800s, when our house was built, but we are gradually moving toward a garden of only period-appropriate plants.

To wit, we've done considerable research on what was grown when. A great source for those with late Colonial/Early American homes is the site of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.


For those interested in learning more about period gardens, visiting historic gardens, or growing heirloom plants, these are a few of our favorite sources for research and inspiration:

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940

by Denise Wiles Adams 

If you get only one book, make it this one. An invaluable resource for historical information, plants, seeds, and resources.

Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings


Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings                                          

by Rudy Favretti and Joy Putnam Favretti

A Handbook for Reproducing and Creating Authentic Landscapes for Historic homes as well as public buildings and spaces.


For Every House a Garden: A Guide for Reproducing Period Gardens

For Every House a Garden: A Guide for Reproducing Period Gardens

by Rudy J. Favretti and Joy P. Favretti

A practical guide for adding historically appropriate plants to your garden. A bit short on pictures but a great source of information





Bouquets of garden flowers throughout the growing season are a great way to freshen your decor and brighten your day - especially when you have the satisfaction of growing them yourself. (Next time we'll share some of our tips for keeping bouquets fresh longer)

For more about our experiences with our Victorian garden, please see:
My Victorian Garden in Spring: Heirloom Daffodils and Other BulbsMy Victorian Garden in Spring: Heirloom Daffodils and Other Bulbs
This page features antique and heirloom daffodils and other spring blooming bulbs that we grow in our own garden. Read and learn about rare hard-to-find spe...
My Victorian Garden: Gardening with Rare & Unusual Antique Heirloom Spring Tulip BulbsMy Victorian Garden: Gardening with Rare & Unusual Antique Heirloom Spring Tulip Bulbs
This page will introduce you to some of the most exotic and rare antique and heirloom tulips and their (true) story of beauty, intrigue and high stakes finan...
My Victorian Garden: Growing Heirloom Bearded IrisMy Victorian Garden: Growing Heirloom Bearded Iris
Irises are a favorite in our Victorian Garden. This page will introduce you to some of the Antique Heirloom Bearded iris we are growing, their history, and...
Roses have long been the most favored and romantic of all flowers. Yet, even though the rose been the most popular flower since ancient times, most peo...
Antique Heirloom and Old Garden Roses: Categories & CharacteristicsAntique Heirloom and Old Garden Roses: Categories & Characteristics
This page will introduce you to a little bit of the intriguing history of the rose and the major categories of antique heirloom roses used to classify old ga...

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