August 5, 2022


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Horace Walpole to the Earl of Strafford on August 5 1762
"we have not had a tea-cup-full of rain till today for these 6 weeks. Corn has been reaped that never wetted its lips... the leaves yellow & falling as in the end of October"

When the first fine spring days come, and the earth awakes and assumes its garment of verdure, when the perfumed warmth of the air blows on our faces and fills our lungs, and even appears to penetrate to our heart, we feel vague longings for undefined happiness, a wish to run, to walk at random, to inhale the spring.
― Birth of Guy de Maupassant, (“Ghee-du-mo-pah-sawnt”) The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Part One


The hiss was now becoming a roar -
the whole world was a vast moving screen of snow -
but even now it said peace,
it said remoteness,
it said cold,
it said sleep.
— Birth of Conrad Aiken, American Writer



Birth of Margery Fish (garden writer) is born.
“I have one gardening rule — when in doubt plant Geranium endressii. I never have known such an accommodating plant. It never seems out of place. Put it among the aristocrats and it is as dignified as they are, let it romp in a cottage garden and it becomes a simple maid in a print dress. There are flowers all through summer, and they don't disagree with anyone.”


Birth of Dame Miriam Louisa Rothschild DBE FRS (5 August 1908 – 20 January 2005[1]) was a British natural scientist and author with contributions to zoology, entomology, and botany.

"Butterflies add another dimension to the garden, for they are like dream flowers - childhood dreams - which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine."
— Miriam Rothschild (The Butterfly Gardener)


Today, we honor the poetry ofBirth of Wendell Erdman Barry, an American author whose extraordinary nature poetry grew out of his experiences as a farmer. Barry is responsible for so many beautiful quotes and poems. It was challenging to pick just a few. Here are some of my favorites: "Eating is an agricultural act." "Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup." “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” “I don't believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure.” | P20190805

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”
Wendell Berry

“The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all. “
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.
Wendell Berry

Birth of Richard Preston (born August 5, 1954) is a writer for The New Yorker and bestselling author who has written books about infectious disease, bioterrorism, redwoods and other subjects, as well as fiction. Whether journalistic or fictional, his writings are based on extensive background research and interviews.

“Nobody knows the ages of any of the living giant coast redwoods, because nobody has ever drilled into one of them in order to count its annual growth rings. Drilling into an old redwood would not reveal its age, anyway, because the oldest redwoods seem to be hollow; they don't have growth rings left in their centers to be counted. Botanists suspect that the oldest living redwoods may be somewhere between two thousand and three thousand years old-they seem to be roughly the age of the Parthenon.”

“Botanists have a tradition of never revealing the exact location of a rare plant. Contact between humans and rare plants is generally risky for the plants. Many of the giant trees I describe in this book, as well as the groves they inhabit, have only recently been discovered, and in some cases have been seen by fewer than a dozen people, including myself. To honor the tradition of botany, I won’t reveal the exact locations of giant trees or groves if these locations have not been previously published. If a tree’s location has been published, or if the tree is no longer alive, then I will give its location.”
― Richard Preston, The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring




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


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