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Today we remember the founding of a garden that inspired the book Alice in Wonderland. We’ll also learn about the botanist remembered with the Forsythia genus. We’ll salute the Lake poet who likened plant taxonomy to poetry. We also revisit a diary entry about a garden visitor and a letter from a gardener to her…

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Today we celebrate National Rainier Cherry Day. We’ll also learn about the Scottish Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Calcutta and Kew. We celebrate a journal entry from this day in 1938 by one of Canada’s most-beloved naturalists. We also celebrate a rare orchid breeder from Denver. We honor the discovery of a very…

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I had to chuckle the other day as I was putting together my fall containers. The first thing I do when I transition from one season to another is determining which plants are salvageable – the ones that have enough gas to go another season. One of my pots ended up being a bit of…

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Charles Joseph Sauriol

Garden Toad #OTD On this day in 1938, Canadian Naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol (“Sar-ee-all”) wrote about sharing his garden with a toad. He wrote, “One particular toad has taken quite a fancy to the Wild Flower garden. His den is alongside the Hepatica plant. There he sits half-buried, and blinks up at me while I…

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Are you growing, Cleome? My daughter just had her senior pictures taken, and I took some cuttings from the garden for her to hold during her photoshoot. For one of the pictures, I had her hold just one large white blossom in her hands. It looked like a giant puffball, and it had a very…

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Pansies

by Charles Joseph Sauriol I find it hard to come in from the flower borders. My Pansies are a garden of enchantment in themselves. People who love Pansies should grow them from seed. I took the advice and I have never had such a profusion of bloom and of so many colors. As featured onThe…

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It’s National Rainier Cherry Day. Rainier cherries were bred at Washington State University by crossing Vans and Bings. They are one of the most delicate and challenging cherries to grow because of one big drawback: their thin red-yellow skin. This makes them super sensitive to the elements, and they bruise easily. Even if a grower…

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My aunt Debbie in Des Moines sent me some fantastic pictures of a great portable elevated planter idea. She was at Lowes, and they had taken two old Weber grills and had spray-painted them different colors. Then, they turned them into planters. In between the two of them, they placed a bench. What a great…

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Charles Joseph Sauriol

by Charles Joseph Sauriol With summer’s heat, the weeks sped by, And springtime streams did all but dry. But days grew short and followed on, Oh, blissful memory of the Don. Of you, we think with saddened heart, Our time is up and we must part.     Note: The naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol, an…

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Blissful Memory of the Don

by Charles Joseph Sauriol The perfume I liked was the smell of a Wood Fire. Planting seed or trees was preferable to throwing one’s seed around recklessly… The dance floor I knew best was a long carpet of Pine Needles.   Note: The naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol, an esteemed son of Toronto, was born on…

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Today is National Garden Meditation Day. Forget about your troubles Go to the garden (if you’re not there already). Feel the breeze or the sprinkles. Smell the rain. Look at all the signs of life around you… all the shades of green emerging from the ground. Listen to the sound of spring. Garden time is…

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