Emily Brontë

The Brontë Garden  It’s the birthday of the author and poet Emily Brontë. Emily’s older sister, by two years, was Charlotte. Her younger sister and closest friend was Anne. They were two peas in a pod. Emily’s mom died when she was three. She lost two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth when she was six.…

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Today we celebrate the author and poet who wrote some beautiful garden verses. We’ll also learn about a magnificent Australian artist and botanical illustrator, and her art is now part of Australia’s national library. We celebrate the selection of the State Flower for Arkansas – and the very cute story of how it came to…

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Emily Brontë

“Nature’s Sad Reality” #OTD It’s the birthday of Emily Brontë, who was born on this day in 1818.  Brontë wrote: Reason, indeed, may oft complain For Nature’s sad reality, And tell the suffering heart, how vain Its cherished dreams must always be; And Truth may rudely trample down The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown.    …

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Have you tried growing Castor Bean? It’s one of Michael Pollen’s favorite plants. Check out the way he starts his article on the plant called, “Consider the Castor Bean”: “Pretty they are not, but a garden can labor under a surfeit “surfut” of prettiness, be too sweet or cheerful for its own good. Sometimes what’s…

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