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1792
A SENSITIVE PLANT in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
And closed them beneath the kisses of night.
The snowdrop, and then the violet,
Arose from the ground with warm rain wet,
Then the pied wind-flowers and the tulip tall,
And narcissi, the fairest among them all,
And the hyacinth, purple and white and blue,
Which flung from its bells a sweet peal anew
And the jessamine faint, and the sweet tuberose,
The sweetest flower for scent that blows;
And all rare blossoms from every clime,—
Grew in that garden in perfect prime.
And the sinuous paths of lawn and of moss,
Which led through the garden along and across,
Some open at once to the sun and the breeze,
Some lost among bowers of blossoming trees,
The plumèd insects swift and free,
Like golden boats on a sunny sea,
Laden with light and odor, which pass
Over the gleam of the living grass;
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
— Birth of Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet, The Sensitive Plant

"And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
— Percy Bysshe Shelley (The Complete Poems)

“The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais

 

1841
“Unless the soul goes out to meet what we see, we do not see it; nothing do we see, not a beetle, not a blade of grass.” - Birth of William Henry Hudson (1841-1922), author, naturalist and ornithologist. #WednesdayWisdom #WednesdayMotivation #insects #pollinators #nature

 

1901
Birth of Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops",[2] was an American trumpeter and vocalist who is among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz.[3]

“Red beans and ricely yours."
Louis Armstrong loved red beans and rice so much he signed his personal letters thus.

 

 

 

 

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.

Botanic Spark

 

1958
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