Garden Notes

 
 

My grandfather was a keen gardener, and aside from growing vegetable crops for home use he also grew many flowers, successfully showing Chrysanthemums and Dahlias, and particularly enjoying Sweet Peas for decorating the home.


In his lifetime garden centres did not exist, only the wealthy could afford to buy proprietary garden manures, fertilisers and chemicals, and few of these products existed anyway.

Grandfather’s notebooks reveal not only the varieties of Roses, Chrysanthemums and Dahlias which he grew (along with a small selection of salad crop varieties), but also list some of his garden feeds and remedies, which he mixed himself from raw ingredients.


Clearly he used one of his notebooks when he was on Home Guard Duty in WWII because on the back two pages are instructions in the deployment of Hand Grenades, with meticulous diagrams!


To see his notes click the thumbnails to the left and below.

 

Garden Notes - Index

Blackspot Treatment

Garlic & Salads

Poisons for Pests

Roses planted between 1928 and 1951 (Page 2)

Pre-War Manure Supplier (still supplying in 2011!)

Artificial ‘manure’

(fertiliser)

Phlox

(planted 1948)

Bulb Supplier (1951)

Dahlias from Landers Limited

Roses planted between 1928 and 1951 (Page 1) Incl use of Jeyes Fluid on roses.

Roses planted between 1928 and 1951 (Page 3)

Embrocation for Aching Joints

Post Gardening Exercises

Home Guard Notes: use of Hand Grenades

Home Guard Notes: diagram of Hand Grenade

Varieties of Dahlia or Chrysanthemum grown 1939

Varieties of Dahlia grown 1939

Varieties of Dahlia grown 1939

Varieties of Dahlia grown 1939

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1939

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1939

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1939

Varieties of Dahlia or Chrysanthemum grown 1939

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1957

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1957

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1957

Varieties of Chrysanthemum grown 1957