Reluctance

Reluctance

by Robert Frost And the dead leaves lie huddled and still, No longer blown hither and thither; The last lone aster is gone; The flowers of the witch-hazel wither …   As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Robert Frost

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God’s Garden

Robert Frost

by Robert Frost God made a beauteous garden With lovely flowers strown, But one straight, narrow pathway That was not overgrown. And to this beauteous garden He brought mankind to live, And said, “To you, my children, These lovely flowers I give. Prune ye my vines and fig trees, With care my flowers tend, But…

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Lodged

by Robert Frost The rain to the wind said, ‘You push, and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.   Note: This poem perfectly captures the ferocity of summer storms in the garden: As featured onThe Daily Gardener…

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You Know How it is With an April Day

You Know How it is With an April Day

by Robert Frost The sun was warm, but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out, and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud comes over the sunlit…

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A Girl’s Garden

A Girl’s Garden

by Robert Frost A neighbor of mine in the village Likes to tell how one spring When she was a girl on the farm, she did A childlike thing. One day she asked her father To give her a garden plot To plant and tend and reap herself, And he said, ‘Why not?’ In casting…

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January 29, 2020 Seeds and Berries, Ghost Orchid Pollinators, George Engelmann, Sir Michael Foster, Olga Owen Huckins, Otto Emery Jennings, Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, Hippie Food by Jonathan Kauffman, Garden Bunting, Marcus Whitman, and Larry McGraw

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Today we celebrate the German-American botanist who saved the French wine industry and the very first Iris-breeder who urged other hybridizers to “be bold.” We’ll learn about the woman who sparked significant legislative change after birds and insects were killed in her garden and the man who fought to protect habitat for the Blazing Star.…

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November 14, 2019 Grow Your Own Wellness Garden, Collecting Seeds, Preserving the Torreya, Henri Dutrochet, Robert Buist, Claude Monet, Thomas Mawson, HB Prince Charles, Robert Frost, Monet’s Passion by Elizabeth Murray, Seedheads, and International Tempranillo Day

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Today we celebrate the botanist who discovered osmosis and the botanist who helped popularize the poinsettia. We’ll learn about the painter who made an indelible garden out of waste marshland and the Edwardian Landscape Architect who designed the Peace Palace gardens at the Hague. We’ll celebrate the birthday of the royal gardener who turns 71…

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Reluctance

Reluctance

by Robert Frost Out through the fields and the woods And over the walls I have wended; I have climbed the hills of view    And looked at the world, and descended; I have come by the highway home,    And lo, it is ended. The leaves are all dead on the ground,    Save…

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November 8, 2019 Dividing Perennials, Kew’s Agius Garden, Medieval Herb Gardens, Tree Intelligence, Victoria Cruziana, Kate Sessions, Vavilov Seed Bank, Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve, Covent Gardens, How to Know the Ferns by Frances Theodora Parsons, Bar Carts, and Botanical Stamps

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Today we celebrate the plant named in honor of Queen Victoria and the President of Peru and Bolivia. We’ll learn about the Mother of Balboa Park and how the world seed bank was saved during WWII. We’ll hear the Garden Poem that celebrates the end of the apple- picking season. We Grow That Garden Library with a…

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After Apple Picking

After Apple Picking

by Robert Frost My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there maybe two or three Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough. But I am done with apple-picking now. Essence of winter sleep is on the night, The scent of…

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July 31, 2019 Poppies, Christopher Lloyd, Daniel Defoe, Mary Vaux Walcott, Richard Morris Hunt, Smithsonian Gardens, Robert Frost, Gardenista by Michelle Slatalla, Updating Beds, and National Avacado Day

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Did you know that poppies were Christopher Lloyd’s favorite flower? In his short essay about poppies, he introduces ‘Goliath’ poppies, which grow to 4 feet tall and offer the most abundant blooms of any poppy. Lloyd wrote about the blooms saying, “They are rich crimson, which is as exciting as scarlet. In choosing plant neighbors…

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Lodged

Lodged

by Robert Frost The rain to the wind said, ‘You push, and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.   Note: This poem perfectly captures the ferocity of summer storms in the garden: As featured onThe Daily Gardener…

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