The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 3: Surveying Tools

Number bricks

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1804. Number-bricks. For plants in the open ground, bricks set endwise and rather obliquely in the soil, and the number painted on a black or white ground, answer well where they do not require to be often removed. This mode is extensively used in the herbaceous and tree arrangements in the nurseries of Messrs. Loddiges. A brick-earth number tally (fig. 445.) has been invented by Mr. Anderson, the late curator of the Chelsea garden; and a glazed earthenware tally, with the numbers stamped in before burning, was lately exhibited to the Horticultural Society by Messrs. Doulton and Watts of Lambeth.