Saturday, April 10, 2010


After a successful afternoon of tutoring, I treated myself to a trip to the Owl's Nest to see what I could find in the way of used books.  I was rewarded with this copy of Modern Guide to Successful Gardening written in 1934 at a time when authours felt that it was as important to be charming as edifying.

Almost as satisfying as finding the book itself was finding numerous clippings from the home and garden sections of war-time newspapers tucked inside along with these colourful old brochures from a local nursery.

They'll look great framed on the wall of the new potting room!


The Neo-Traditionalist said...

So cute! I die for vintage books and these are so charming! I actually found an old guide to houseplants last week with the best illustrations---I was ecstatic. xoxo katie

Angela said...

VERY exciting indeed, I'll have to check that bookstore out, I've never been...but I do have many excuses. I've only been here for 2 years and I have 2 young I rarely get to venture out on my own. Any amazing botanical drawings in the book?

MissAllaby said...

Katie - vintage books=love - the quirkier the better. Weirdest one I've found? a slim little hundred year old volume called "a brief history of teeth" for real.

Angela - the Owl's Nest is terrific but you definitely need time to just wander. I actually did a post on it last year (in an earlier incarnation of this blog.)