20200101 The Daily Gardener Album Cover

Today we celebrate the woman who has been called the greatest painter of plants and insects who ever lived and the birthday of a man who is remembered in the name of one of the most ubiquitous garden plants. We’ll learn about an Austrian-American plant explorer who grew to feel his “real” home was in…

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Francis Quarles

Here’s a little known poem for today about springtime called “Nothing Perfect on Earth” by Francis Quarles. Even as the soil (which April’s gentle showers  Have filled with sweetness and enriched with flowers)  Rears up her sucking plants, still shooting forth  The tender blossoms of her timely birth;  But if denied the beams of cheerly…

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Ogden Nash

Always Marry An April Girl by Ogden Nash (Books By This Author) Praise the spells and bless the charms, I found April in my arms. April golden, April cloudy, Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy; April soft in flowered languor, April cold with sudden anger, Ever changing, ever true — I love April, I love you.      …

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William Watson

An April poem that puts all others in shadow; is the lyrical “April” by William Watson. (Books By This Author)  England’s onetime poet laureate, he began the poem with the unforgettably beautiful expression which, reminds us that April is the girlish daughter of springtime: “April, April, laugh your girlish laughter, then, the moment after, weep your…

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