archangel mat

Jim McKenney
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:39:09 PST
Thanks, Peter, not only for the information but also for the link.
That document was scanned at the USDA Agricultural Library which is about a half hour's drive from my home. But for the cost of gas for the car, I would be over there every day, at least during the non-gardening seasons.
This library is the tallest building anywhere nearby its location. You can see it from far off. I like it because there is ALWAYS loads of free parking on the campus.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:45 PM, Peter Taggart <> wrote:
it is a mat for protecting frames from frost in spring, it measures 5 feet
by 8 feet. see here, page 94…
Peter (UK)

On 11 February 2014 22:30, Peter Taggart <> wrote:

> A *mat*, made in Russia, from the inner bark of Lime trees, used for
> covering garden *frames* to keep out frost. *...* Greenhouse *plants* of
> slender growth, with brightly-coloured, funnel-shaped *flowers* in
> summer; they are suitable in cultivation in *...*
> On 11 February 2014 22:13, Jim McKenney <>wrote:
>> Can anyone tell me what an archangel mat is? I ran across the term in a
>> British gardening book published in the early 1950s: the way the author
>> wrote, it seems that by that time they were already becoming uncommon. They
>> were recommended for covering cold frames in severe weather.
>> Is the term an old generic term for some sort of floor mat?

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