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"The dessert divides ice-cream lovers."
"Actually the garlic ice cream is pretty good. But a little does go a long way."
"To be with her in the field was something. She made everything so real, so exciting she was just so knowledgeable.""She loved to be out in the field rain wouldn't stop her. She could walk forever."
"Only through close and reverent examination of nature can humans understand and protect its beauties and wonders."
Redstart appears. Daffodils are gone: mountain-snow-drops, & hyacinths in bloom; the latter very fine: fritillaries going. Vast flood at Whitney in Oxfordshire, on the Windrush.Then, four years later in 1796: Sowed holly-hocks, columbines, & sweet Williams
"They received, no fewer than 811 sets of verses from 'poets' who have attempted to carry off the small prize awarded for a Primrose poem. In 1884, when the competition started, only 77 poems were sent in. In 1886 the number rose to 557. Next year there will probably be 1,000 competitors."
A primrose by a river's brimIs not a rose nor Is it prim.
This is a primrose morning,The wind has put up her hair;The bells, hung in my cherry tree,are still – No birds feast there.I walked up the noon hill,Saddest of prim things.I met a fair child sellingbunches of butterfly wings.
I gave him a painted ballFor a mist bouquet,Now flitter ghosts put wings onall I do or say.
Today's book recommendation
The Hidden Horticulturalists Hardcover – April 4, 2019
by Fiona Davison
Davison worked at the Royal Horticultural Society's library, and she unearthed a collection of handwritten letters that dated back to 1822. The letters had been written by young gardeners including one from a young Joseph Paxton (Books By This Author) , who would go on to become one of our best-known gardeners and architects. Using their letters, Fiona Davison traces the stories of a handful of these forgotten gardeners whose lives would take divergent paths to create a unique history of gardening.
The trail took her from Chiswick to Bolivia and uncovered tales of fraud, scandal and madness - and, of course, a large number of fabulous plants and gardens. This is a celebration of the unsung heroes of horticulture whose achievements reflect a golden moment in British gardening, and continue to influence how we garden today.
Today's Garden Chore
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
Disraeli's fondness for the primrose originated from the time when he was living in Highbury, London.Here, he was much attached to a young lady.A ball was held and the young lady in question wore a wreath of primroses.A bet was made between Mr. Disraeli and another gentleman as to whether the primroses were real or not.The bet was for a pair of gloves. Turns out, the primroses were REAL primroses.Disraeli got the gloves; and the lady? She gave a few primroses to the future prime minister, who put them in his buttonhole.
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