by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Then followed that beautiful season, Called by the pious Acadian peasants the Summer of All-Saints! Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new – created in all the freshness of childhood. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden…

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If Spring Came But Once a Century

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden…

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An Afternoon in February

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The day is ending,  The night is descending;  The marsh is frozen,  The river is dead. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.

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Aside From the Garden of Eden

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Aside from the garden of Eden, man’s great temptation took place when he first received his seed catalog.           Note: Today’s Unearthed Words are all about seed catalogs.  If you are a new gardener, welcome to the joy of curling up on the couch with a cup…

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Janus am I

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Janus am I; oldest of potentates; Forward I look, and backward, and below I count, as god of avenues and gates, The years that through my portals, come and go. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.

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Today we celebrate the French admiral and explorer who had a female botanist posing as a male valet on his voyage. We’ll learn about the botanist who is remembered by the State Flower of California and the Landscape Architect, who restored the entire Landscape of Colonial Williamsburg. We’ll learn about the Spanish rose breeder who…

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Song of Hiawatha

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Saw the rainbow in the heaven, In the eastern sky the rainbow, Whispered, “What is that, Nokomis?” And the good Nokomis answered: “Tis the heaven of flowers you see there; All the wild-flowers of the forest, All the lilies of the prairie, When on earth they fade and perish, Blossom in…

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How Wonderful is the Advent of the Spring

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Ah, how wonderful is the advent of the spring! —the great annual miracle…. which no force can stay, no violence restrain, like love, that wins its way and cannot be withstood by any human power, because itself is divine power. If spring came but once in a century, instead of once…

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How close are your earliest bloomers to your front door? Your crocus, snowdrops, iris, daffodils, tulips, forsythia, daphnes, and magnolias? When I redid my front garden last year, the designer had put all my earliest bloomers right near the front porch and walk. When I asked her reasoning, she reminded me of our long winters.…

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