I love to read old garden magazines. You learn a lot about the growth of…
We still grow Victorian annuals –
In 1890 the garden writer, poet, and song writer from Wisconsin Eben E. Rexford [below] wrote a book called Home Floriculture.
The James Vick Seed Company in Rochester, New York published the book.
Rexford was a rather well-known writer in that Victorian period. It is not suprising that Vick agreed to publish the book.
Ads for the book appeared in the Vick seed catalog. Thus the company promoted the book as well.
Here is a chromolithograph of flowers that appeared in Vick’s seed catalog. [below] Many familiar annuals made up the mix.
Rexford included a chapter in his book called “The Best Annuals.”
He recommended five annuals “for massing and making a brilliant show.” The Petunia, Phlox, Nasturtium, Calliopsis, and Aster made up the list.
The Vick Seed Company had been selling these flowers for many years. They are also quite familiar to gardeners today. They are among our favorite annuals.
The Victorian period gave us the annuals we still grow in the garden. We treasure them today, much like the Victorians at the end of the nineteenth century.
Through his book Home Floriculture Rexford became a source for what annuals to grow in the garden both yesterday and today.