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April 16, 2019 Truly Lovely Aprils, Robert Frost, Sir Hans Sloane, William Stearn, Ellen Nellie Thayer Fisher, Mary Gibson Henry, Sir Edward Salisbury, Aphra Behn, Penny Colman, and William Austin Dickinson

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“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.” ~ Robert Frost April can be a challenging time in the garden. How many truly lovely Aprils does one get in a lifetime? I’d venture to say maybe five or six. Often, the gardens are too wet to get into, provided you could even get to them. Even with the rain, the snow hasn’t completely melted away. It’s too cold to turn the spigots on, so you’ll have the thrill of trooping through the residue of a long winter: grit and grime, salt, and mush. Until it dries up, there’s really no...

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April 15, 2019 The Garden as a World Unto Itself, William Kent, Allan Cunningham, George Harrison Shull, Francis Hallé, Alexander Garden, Francis Quarles, The Atlas of Poetic Botany, The Garden Budget, and Sphagnum Moss

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William Kent wrote: “A garden is to be a world unto itself, it had better make room for the darker shades of feeling as well as the sunny ones.” I’ve usually thought about my garden as my happy place. It’s a natural mood changer for me. But I remember one time when I was out in the garden with feelings of a definite darker shade. I was very pregnant with John, and I was wearing a hideous, striped, maternity tank top. It was super hot out, and I looked like an absolute mess. I wasn’t out there long before I realized my new neighbor kept trying to catch my attention;...

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April 12, 2019 Plant Tags, Licorice, Zina Pitcher, John J. Audobon, Thomas Nuttal, William Kent, Dr. Edward G. Voss, and Peter White

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I was looking at the cute brass plant labels on the Target website the other day – I was trying to find the link to that adorable garden tote I was telling you about, and I thought about the evolution of a gardener when it comes to using plant tags. First, you start out needing the labels – is that dill? What does basil look like again? Then you label only the newcomers or the look-alike parsley or cilantro – who can tell without smell? Sometimes a new gardener will visit. Or you’ll have people tour your garden. Folks appreciate knowing what they are looking at. Pretty soon, you realize...

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