Vintage landscape: Lob’s Wood

Lob's Wood, Ohio, ca. 1920, via Library of Congress“‘Lob’s Wood,’ . . . Perintown (Milford), Ohio. Woodland daffodils,” ca. 1920, a hand-colored lantern slide by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The 97-acre property pictured above was purchased in 1898 by Carl H. Krippendorf, a Cincinnati businessman who had spent childhood summers in the surrounding area.  He wanted to save the woodland from being turned into a tobacco field.

Krippendorf soon built a house there for his new wife, Mary Greene, and began planting daffodils and other bulbs. They originally called the land Karlsruhe, meaning “Karl’s place of peace” in German. After World War I, the name was changed to Lob’s Wood.  

In 1919, during “Daffodil Days at the Krippendorf Farm at Perintown,” $2,700* was raised for war-devastated France. In one afternoon, they sold 15,000 cut daffodils.

Carl became a friend and correspondent of the garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence.  She wrote about his garden in The Little Bulbs and Lob’s Wood.

 The Krippendorfs lived on the property (eventually 175 acres) for 64 years.  Today the house and woods are part of the Cincinnati Nature Center.

What explains poetry is that life is hard
But better than the alternatives,
The no and the nothing. Look at this light
And color, a splash of brilliant yellow

Punctuating an emerald text. . .

Alicia Ostriker, from “Daffodils

*about $34,000 today.

Vintage landscape: wildflowers

While the hand-colored images are the stars of the recently released collection of lantern slides taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston, among the new material are these lovely black and white photographs of wildflowers. Johnston used these pictures to illustrate her popular lecture, “Wild Flower Gardening.”

The slide at the top is “Unidentified house, woodland pathway, 1920.” All the portraits of flowers below were taken between 1915 and 1927.

Wood anemone. (All labels by the Library of Congress; click any photo to enlarge it.)


Bell flower (campanula).

Woodland mushrooms.

Wildflowers in bloom.

Bell flower (campanula).

Lupin (lupinus).

Unidentified garden or park, woodland daffodils, 1920 (also the photo below).

All photos are from the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in April

I’m afraid this will have to count for my Bloom Day post this month — it’s pouring outside.  To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, go to May Dreams Gardens, here.