Glimpses to the April Day

by John Greenleaf Whittier Tis spring-time on the eastern hills!  Like torrents gush the summer rills;  Through winter’s moss and dry dead leaves  The bladed grass revives and lives,  Pushes the moldering waste away,  And glimpses to the April day. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most…

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Flowers in Winter

by John Greenleaf Whittier How strange to greet, this frosty morn, In graceful counterfeit of flowers,         These children of the meadows, born Of sunshine and of showers!         A wizard of the Merrimac,         So old ancestral legends say,         Could call green leaf and blossom back         To frosted stem and spray.    The settler saw his oaken…

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Today we celebrate the King whose dream castle incorporated 1,200 varieties of tulips and the man who is regarded as the greatest channeler of the English rural landscape. We’ll learn about the mathematician who wrote a book inspired by the Oxford Botanic Garden and the relatively young Botanic Garden that was started in the 90s…

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Have you started to think about your garden in geographical terms? Aside from the zone, you are gardening in, what are the micro-climates in your garden? Areas sheltered by trees, buildings or other structures may be warmer and ideal locations for less hardy plants. Low-lying areas may create boggy or marsh-like conditions – perfect for…

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The Mayflower

by John Greenleaf Whittier O sacred flowers of faith and hope, As sweetly now as then Ye bloom on many a birchen slope, In many a pine dark glen. Behind the seawall’s rugged length, Unchanged, your leaves unfold, Like love behind the manly strength Of the brave hearts of old. So live the fathers in…

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