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August 1st is Lammas Day ("La-MA-ss"). Lammas was a festival that celebrated the annual wheat and corn harvest. After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.
And, Lammas is a cross-quarter day - a day between an equinox (when the sun sets due west) and a solstice. In this case, Lammas is the mid-point between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox.
Here are some poems to welcome August.
Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer's Queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.
— R. Combe Miller, English poet and clergyman, Fairest of the Months
The brilliant poppy flaunts her head
Amidst the ripening grain,
And adds her voice to sell the song
That August's here again.
― Helen Winslow, American editor and journalist
Buttercup nodded and said good-bye,
Clover and Daisy went off together,
But the fragrant Waterlilies lie
Yet moored in the golden August weather.
The swallows chatter about their flight,
The cricket chirps like a rare good fellow,
The asters twinkle in clusters bright,
While the corn grows ripe and the apples mellow.
— Celia Laighton Thaxter, American writer and poet, August
Note: The poet Celia Laighton Thaxter grew up on Appledore Island. Celia's dad built a hotel on the island, and it became a hub for creatives and a muse for many. Along with creating a lovely cut flower garden, Celia wrote a book called An Island Garden.
1744 Birth of Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, chevalier de Lamarck, known simply as Lamarck, French naturalist.
An early proponent of biological evolution and natural laws,
In 2019, Mick Crawley (Plant ecologist, fanatical botanizer, croquet player and Newcastle supporter) posted on Twitter
It may amuse you to learn (and it certainly tickled me) that pea is no longer a Pisum. The whole genus Pisum has been sunk without trace into Lathyrus. So now your fish fingers are accompanied by Lathyrus oleraceus.
Dr. Mark A Spencer (Forensic Botanist | Mycologist | BSBI & LNHS Recorder | Hon Curator Linn. Soc. | 17/18C Botanic History | The Arts Society lecturer | TV/Radio) responded with this comment,
Another case where the molecular biology confirmed the views on an earlier era. Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monnet de Lamarck placed the garden pea in Lathyrus way back in 1778, just 25 years after Linnaeus placed it in Pisum.
Paris botanical gardens: here's #Lamarck, comfortably resting on his title "founder of the doctrine of #evolution."
Grow That Garden Library™ Book Recommendation
Green by Ula Maria
This book came out in 2020, and the subtitle is Simple Ideas For Small Outdoor Spaces.
You can get a copy of Green by Ula Maria and support the show using the Amazon link in today's show notes.
1949 Birth of Steve Arwood, aka Texas Bix Bender, American writer, television producer, and author.
Steve Arwood (born August 1st, 1949), alias Texas Bix Bender, is an American writer, television producer, author, and is perhaps best known as a long-time collaborator with Riders In The Sky, serving as the narrator on their National Public Radio series Riders Radio Theater. Prior to joining the entertainment business, Arwood was a United States Marine.
is the author of eighteen books, including the best-selling Don't Squat With Yer Spurs On series. He has written for television and radio shows, including Hee Haw, the Nashville Network's Tumbleweed Theater, and Riders Radio Theater. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Google Books
Born: August 1, 1949
“Gardeners love to share… especially advice and cucumbers.
From Don’t Throw in the Trowel 1996
“Most weeds are just looking for a little place to call home. Crabgrass, on the other hand, has a hidden agenda. It is out to take over the world.”
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