(What a great title! "Gardening in all its Branches"! And you were being somewhat juvenile, weren't you, when you started saying "Danger! Danger! Will Robinson!" while I was telling you about him?)
The column, "The Rock Garden", is one of a series in The Garden. It was written by F.W. Meyer, who wrote frequently on gardens. (more on F.W. Meyer when I find out who he was). Here's an exerpt from the seventh in the series: "Rock Garden-Making, Lessons from Nature in Rock Building with Stones of the Stratified Kinds" (F.W. Meyer, Elmside, Exeter, Column VII, March 7, 1903):
"... when we imitate Nature in our gardens why should we choose the ugliest works for our models? Let us rather select the choicest bits of scenery. The stratified rocks which we admire most in Nature are not those which show monotonous and even lines all at the same angle of inclination, but the wild and rugged scenes, where massive rocks — no matter how evenly or regularly their successive layers might have been disposed originally — have become disturbed by subterraneous forces which shattered their once regular strata in the wildest profusion.
"We admire the rocks which during violent convulsions or upheavals were cleft asunder, or which, when the water under which they were formed receded, toppled over each other in the greatest disorder. We admire rocks which by the mysterious forces of Nature have been broken up, and which have been distributed into groups of varying shapes and sizes, sometimes massive or pierced by caves and ravines, sometimes scattered or vanishing altogether below the surface of the sward and reappearing further away amongst a mass of vegetation, either flowers or greenery. Such are the stratified rocks with which Nature has provided her most charming pictures. Such should be our models."
|These Little Yosemite rocks are larger than they look!|
If I was alive in the early 1900's I would have been waiting with great anticipation for the next issue just to find out what F. W. Meyer would say next about rocks.
As I find more "Rock Garden" articles , I will add them to this list:
- January 3, 1903, page 7, part III "V, More Rock Building Lessons from Nature"
- February 7, 1903, page 89, "VI, Problems in Rock Building"
- March 7, 1903, page 163, "VII, Lessons from Nature with Rock Building with Stones of the Stratified Kind"
- March 21, 1903, page 192, "VIII, Practical Hints on the Construction of Stratified Rocks"
- April 18, 1903, page 258, "IX, More Practical Hints on the Constructing Stratified Rocks"
- May 23, 1903, page 350, "X, General Hints on Grouping Rocks"
- June 20, 1903, page 420, "XI Rock Building on Abruptly Sloping Ground"
- December 31, 1904, page 441, "XX Water in the Rock Garden"