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June 11, 2019 Garden Journal, National Corn on the Cob Day, John Constable, Julia Margaret Cameron, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Love Peacock, The A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell, Chamomile, and ET

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Here’s another idea for your garden journal: Flip to the back and save two pages. On one page, write “Successes,” and on the other “Failures.” In the garden, we learn equally from both.       Brevities #OTD Today is National Corn on the Cob Day – June 11th. Corn is part of the grass family. It’s a cereal crop. A cob of corn is actually part of the flower, and an individual kernel is a seed. On average, an…

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June 10, 2019 The Significance of Lilacs, National Herbs and Spices Day, Jardin des Plantes, Robert Brown, Gorgeous George and Judy Garland’s Hibiscus, Frances Theodora Parsons, Natural Selection, Dan Pearson, Box Cutters, and Inspiration from John Burroughs

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My neighbor, up at our cabin, has this amazing copse of lilacs. We’ve become good friends, and he invited me to take some cuttings of his lilac as a gesture of goodwill. (He also gives me all of his jack-in-the-pulpits – but that’s another story.) Over time, lilacs have met different things to different people. The Celtic’s thought the sweet scent of lilacs made them magical. During the Victorian age, widows wore lilacs because they were a symbol of an…

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June 7, 2019 Garden Journal Format, Louis Claude Richard, Daniel Boone, Fletcher Steele, Jack Harlan, Jean Arp, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Robin Karson, Photo Friday, and the Southeastern Plant Symposium

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I ran across a fascinating old journal as I was researching this show – what I especially loved about it was the layout. If you want to copy it here’s what you do: Dedicate a page of your journal to each type of plant in your garden. Make some notes about the characteristics of the plant. (Maybe what you like about it as well) Then leave room to chart the significant events with the plant. For instance, after describing Kalmia…

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June 6, 2019 Annuals Budget, National Gardening Exercise Day, Andrea Cesalpino, VC Andrews, Gordon Hayward, Hannah Rebecca Hudson, We Made a Garden, Marjorie Fish, Asparagus, the Hawaii State Flower, Hibiscus, and the Hawaiian Airlines image

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I made another trip to the garden center today; that’s my fourth of this week. The reason I keep going back, is they’re clearancing out the annuals already. When it comes to my garden budget, I try to be as frugal as possible with my spending on annuals. I’m not too picky when it comes to the types of annuals, I generally just try to find purples, pinks, and whites. Today, I was getting annuals in the large pots for…

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June 5, 2019 New Gardens, Sir John Richardson, Allan Octavian Hume, World Environment Day, Saalu Marada Thimmakka, Alice Mackenzie Swaim, The Gardener’s Bed-Book, Richardson Wright, Pruning Spring-Flowering Shrubs, and Psalm 27

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Is your garden new to you this year? Recently at a garden center, I ran into a woman who had just moved. She was tentatively buying just a few plants – curious to see what would work in her new space. One of the things we ended up talking about was the micro-climate she had enjoyed living in an inner-ring suburb of the twin cities – one with milder temperatures thanks to the heat island from the buildings but also…

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