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Life in gardens: feeding the chickens

Feeding chickens, ca. 1899 Georgia, Library of CongressA fenced-in backyard in Georgia, ca. 1899, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

These photos were included in one of several albums depicting African American life, which were compiled by W. E. B. Du Bois for the 1900 Paris Exposition.

Feeding chickens in ca. 1899 Georgia backyard, Library of Congress

There’s a brief history of the American backyard here.  Until the 20th century, it was a space for work, not recreation.

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Foliage Follow Up in September

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Our garden in Kigali, Rwanda, this morning.

This is an area at the end of our front terrace, composed of mostly tropical foliage plants and shaded by a large red-blooming Mussaenda erythrophylla.

Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Follow Up the 16th of every month.

imagine it as one of those survivors in the old
swamps, shadowed by the grown, light-headed conifers:
fit for the damps, whose gentlest odor seems
corrosive, mightily akin to older, shadowed ferns

Alan Dugan, from “Philodendron

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September Bloom Day

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Our garden in Kigali, Rwanda, September 2014.

To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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Life in gardens: satisfaction

girl with possessions, museum victoriaThe queen poses in her side-yard kingdom with her horses and doll-courtiers, 1925, Euston District, New South Wales, via Museum Victoria.

Contributed by Beryl Leslie to “The Biggest Family Album of Australia” project.

Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. . .
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life in gardens: two mowers

Two mowers, 1956, Museum VictoriaAnother nice backyard scene via Museum Victoria: John and George Lee with push mowers, September 1956, Greensborough, near Melbourne, Australia.

The photo was contributed by Mrs. Brenda Lee to The Biggest Family Album of Australia project.

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