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Today we celebrate an English poet who was good friends with Alexander Pope. We’ll also learn about the French painter, famous for his landscapes. We celebrate the co-creator of a new hybrid of popcorn called “snowflake.” We also celebrate some of the flowers of the July garden with some poetry. We Grow That Garden Library™…

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by Alexander Pope Thou who shalt stop, where Thames’ translucent wave Shines a broad Mirror through the shadowy cave; Where ling’ring drops from mineral Roofs distill, And pointed Crystals break the sparkling Rill, Unpolished Gems no ray on Pride bestow, And latent Metals innocently glow. Approach! Great Nature studiously behold; And eye the Mine without…

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Alexander Pope

#OTD It’s the birthday of Alexander Pope, a gardener poet who helped inspire the English landscape garden.   Born to a Catholic family, Pope was an only child. He was exceptionally bright, self-taught in numerous languages and the classics.   When Pope was twelve, he contracted Potts disease (a form of tuberculosis); the illness impacted…

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20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Is your rhubarb bolting already? When your rhubarb seems to be bolting too early, ask yourself these questions… Is your rhubarb an heirloom or a new variety? Older varieties tend to bolt sooner. Try planting a newer variety. Is your rhubarb very established? The older your rhubarb, the quicker it bolts. If you divide your…

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