|Positive ||bluespiral ||On Jan 21, 2006, bluespiral wrote:
I think this is a great book for anyone who has ever traded flowers, seed, bulbs, etc., and enjoyed friendships made through the love of gardening.
Starting around 1928, long before the internet and Daves Garden, many agricultural departments of southeastern states (eventually 50 states) published "market bulletins", in which rural folks advertised anything they wanted to sell or trade, like livestock, farm machinery, etc.
The core of this book derives from the letters that farm wives wrote when trading bulbs, flowers and plants through these market bulletins, as well as about them, their families, communities, times. These days, many of the old names' meanings are lost in time, and only their poetry remains.