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September 24, 2019 Magnolia for Four-Season Interest, William Herbst, Wilhelm Nikolaus Suksdorf, Samuel Butler, Not Just Desserts by Susan Belsinger, Strategic Garden Tidy Up, and Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie

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One of my favorite shoulder season plants is my magnolia. The beautiful white blossoms in the spring and the glorious yellow leaves in the fall, bookend a summer of greenery. Then all winter long, the dormant flower buds will pop out, adding interest and promise during those final snowstorms in late March and April. If you’re looking for something that provides something new every season, add magnolia to your list.     Brevities #OTD Today is the birthday of the…

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September 23, 2019 The Autumn Equinox, Kubla Khan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Plants by Lewis and Clark, Stuart Robertson, Ruth Patrick, Poems about September, Plant Parenting by Leslie Halleck, Moving Plants, and the 1937 Rose Garden in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Today is the first day of Autumn, also referred to as the Autumn Equinox. Equinox means ‘equal night.’ On this day, both day and night are nearly the same lengths. Thereafter, the dark part of the year begins.       Brevities #OTD Today is the birthday of the grandson of Genghis Khan, Kubla Khan, who was born on this day in 1215. Kubla Khan’s Summer Garden at Xanadu is the subject of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1797 poem Kubla Khan.…

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September 20, 2019 The Harvest That Never Came, Lorenz Scholz von Rosenau, Margherita Caffi, Mary Sophie Young, Anna Pavord, Carl Sandburg, Big Dreams, Small Garden by Marianne Willburn, Pot Up Herbs for Indoors, and the Rhodum sidus

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Folklore and legends are often intertwined with plants and gardens. Today I stumbled on a Swedish Legend called “The Harvest That Never Came,” and I thought you’d get a kick out of it. The story has been used in lesson plans to teach kids problem-solving. I’m going to abbreviate it a bit, but I’ll share a link to a good English translation in today’s show notes. A young man named Arild was the son of a Danish noble family. He…

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