Vintage Seed Catalogues

I found these wonderful images of vintage seed catalogues on the Smithsonian Library’s online collection.

The seed trade catalogs document the history of the seed and agricultural implement business in the United States, as well as provide a history of botany and plant research such as the introduction of plant varieties into the United States. Additionally, the seed trade catalogs are a window into the history of graphic arts in advertising, and a social history, through the text and illustrations, showing changing fashions in flowers and vegetables.

It is a wonderful resource, as you can search by plant, image content or company.  Here are some of my favourites.

Dietlind Wolf: flora styling

These photographs are by prolific prop stylist Dietlind Wolf, based in Hamburg Germany.  Her blog is pure inspiration featuring food, product as well as floral styling.  Have to admit that food styling usually leaves me cold, but I am loving her work.  Her portfolio is incredibly diverse, whilst showing great restraint within each series.  There is much, much more to be seen on the Dietlind Wolf website, you could easily get lost in the imagery for hours.