FLOWERS NOW TAKE PRECEDENCE
In the modern garden—the patch of ground immediately surrounding each home and cultivated by or under the supervision of the members of the household—flowers are of even greater importance in nearly every case, than are vegetables. Certainly, the smaller the garden the greater prominence is given to flowers, and it is only in the very largest gardens that vegetables are grown to any great extent. It may be for this reason that gardening, to most people, has ceased to become work and is now regarded entirely as a hobby.
The amount of joy and happiness which can be obtained from the cultivation of even aof five rods is incalculable. As modern building proceeds, it becomes more and more evident that some garden space is wanted by nearly every household, and it is very gratifying to notice that the old back-yard, that is, a paved space where washing could be dried but nothing could be grown, has disappeared from the new towns of this century. Except in the case of large blocks of flats no house to-day is built without some garden surround, and no garden is entirely neglected without severe and adverse criticism from neighbours. It is a matter of as great importance to the credit of the household that the garden should be kept neat and tidy, as that the house windows should be kept clean and bright.
Gardening is, however, a very highly specialized craft. Rule of thumb methods handed down through the ages certainly achieve good results, but the town dweller who has had little contact with theuntil the time when he takes possession of a new house and a small plot of ground, does not know these rule of thumb methods, and if he is to make the most of his little garden he needs help and advice from specialists.
To put the best of modern knowledge before him in an easy and simple form, so that his labour in the garden is lessened, and his results improved, is the first object of this website, and gardening will throughout be treated simply as advice given by one friend who knows a good deal about flowers to another friend who can hardly tell the difference between a rose and a.
In its preparation I have had the help of a large army of other gardeners—experts in the profession and experts among amateurs, craftsmen and scientists. Members of the horticultural trade have been particularly helpful. I offer my thanks to them all, feeling that to single out one more than others would be to make an unwarrantable distinction between friends who have offered me, without stint, the cream of their horticultural knowledge, the result in most cases of years of practical experience and research.
If this guide fails in its purpose of helping the novice to get the best from his home garden, the fault is mine. It is obviously time-consuming, in a single website to deal exhaustively with every phase of garden making. I have tried to include those facts which, from a long experience of amateurs’ problems, I know to be of most use to the beginner. But every garden has its special difficulties, and some who turn to this guide for assistance may be disappointed.