August 3, 2022


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1614 Birth of Juan de Arellano, Spanish floral still life painter. During the Baroque era, he developed a lucrative formula for his work: paint canvases in pairs and depict a large mass of freshly picked flowers. His most famous pieces include Bouquet of Flowers (c.1660), and Flower Garland, Birds and Butterfly (displayed at the Louvre).

Birth of Venceslas Victor Jacquemont (8 August 1801 – 7 December 1832) was a French botanist and geologist known for his travels in India.

Born in Paris on August 8, 1801, Victor Jacquemont was the youngest of four sons of Frédéric François Venceslas Jacquemont de Moreau (1757-1836) and Rose Laisné.[1] He studied medicine and later took an interest in botany. His early travels took him around Europe. He was lightly built and capable of living on a very frugal diet.

After being invited by the Jardin des Plantes to collect plant and animal specimens from a country of his choice for 240 pounds a year, Jacquemont traveled to India leaving Brest in August 1828. He arrived at Calcutta on 5 May 1829. He went to Delhi on 5 March 1830 and went onwards towards the western Himalayas. He visited Amber in Rajputana, met with the Sikh Emperor Ranjit Singh at his capital of Lahore, and visited the kingdom of Ladakh in the Himalaya. He also visited Bardhaman (Burdwan) in Bengal in November 1829. He died of cholera in Bombay on 7 December 1832.[2][3] The standard author abbreviation Jacquem. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[4]

“The oldest among Kashmiris often claim that their is nothing new about their condition, that they they have been slaves of foreign rulers since the sixteenth century, when the Moghul emperor Akbar annexed Kashmir and appointed a local governer to rule the state. In the chaos of post-Moghul India, the old empire rapidly disintegrating, Afghani and Sikh invaders plundered Kashmir at will. The peasantry was taxed and taxed into utter wretchedness; the cultural and intellectual life, which under indigenous rulers had produced some of the greatest poetry, music, and philosophy in the subcontinent, dried up. Barbaric rules were imposed in the early nineteenth century, a Sikh who killed a native of Kashmir was fined nothing more than two rupees. Victor Jacquemont, a botanist and friend of Stendahl's who came to the valley in 1831, thought that "nowhere else in India were the masses as poor and denuded as they were in Kashmir.”
― Pankaj Mishra, Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond

Several plants are named for him, including Acacia jacquemontii, the Himalayan White Birch (Betula jacquemontii), the Indian Tree Hazel (Corylus jacquemontii), Afghan Cherry (Prunus jacquemontii), and the cobra lily or Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema jacquemontii).


Birth of The commuter's garden (1914) by Walter Brownell Hayward( Book ) 2 editions ... With introductions by Wesley F. Craven
“Description is his best vein, however, and the adjective his staunchest friend. Splendid, hardy, early, fine-flavored, pleasing, ornamental, mammoth, plentiful, profuse, enormously productive, smooth, symmetrical, improved, unrivalled, vigorous, abundant, royal—the catalgue man takes you to the happy planting grounds.”

Birth of Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially The Soldier. He was also known for his boyish good looks, which were said to have prompted the Irish poet W. B. Yeats to describe him as "the handsomest young man in England". Wikipedia
Born: August 3, 1887

“Stands the church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?”
Rupert Brooke, English poet (1887-1915)

The Old Vicarage, Grantchester
by Rupert Brooke
The Old Vicarage, Grantchester
(Cafe des Westens, Berlin, May 1912)

Just now the lilac is in bloom,
All before my little room;
And in my flower-beds, I think,
Smile the carnation and the pink;
And down the borders, well I know,
The poppy and the pansy blow . . .
Oh! there the chestnuts, summer through,
Beside the river make for you
A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep
Deeply above; and green and deep
The stream mysterious glides beneath,
Green as a dream and deep as death.
— Oh, damn! I know it! and I know
How the May fields all golden show,
And when the day is young and sweet,
Gild gloriously the bare feet
That run to bathe . . .
‘Du lieber Gott!’

"But for me, the garden is not just a place to grow things. It is wonderful, of course, to have a piece of land on which one can propagate trees, berries, flowers and vegetables for one's own use and the enjoyment of others. But a garden is also a place where one can walk and think, sit and contemplate. A garden should have surprises, and should offer solace." Martha Stewart, author of Martha Stewart's Gardening.



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Green by Ula Maria
This book came out in 2020, and the subtitle is Simple Ideas For Small Outdoor Spaces.

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