Camus also authored horticulture books to appeal to the masses and she was always forecasting the latest in botany. When plants arrived from the French colonies, she would attempt to calculate the economic value of the plants.
Her book is simply called, The Oaks, and Camus wrote this in her introduction,
“The oak forest that enabled our ancestors to fight against hunger, cold, darkness, that gave them shelter, weapons, construction materials, furniture, boats, means of transport, is today in part free from these obligations.
Coal, iron, cement, concrete are all replacing wood; but the Oak with its qualities remains of great usefulness to man and its protection is of the utmost importance.
Further, while industrial expansion has brought ugliness to so many places, is not the forest one of the last havens of beauty?”
In the Agricultural Building, the Japanese exhibit included a garden.
Denise Otis wrote in her book Grounds for Pleasure:
“After Americans saw the Japanese garden ..., they became prized features on the estates of those who collected gardens in different styles.”
“I thought it was a misuse of science. Science is meant to improve the lot of mankind, not diminish it - and its use as a military weapon I thought was ill-advised.”
Back home in Wiscasset, Maine's prettiest town , Andrews left his mark. He teamed up with fellow Wiscasset resident Marguerite Spilsbury Rafter; a direct lineal descendant of José Maria Castro Madriz, the first president of Costa Rica.
Together, they accomplished their proudest achievement in 1977, registering Wiscasset in the National Register and creating the Wiscasset Historic District.
Today - The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival in Buffalo, New York kicks off. The festival runs May 1st - 5th.
After my children were all in bed, except my baby, I sat down in the kitchen, with my daughter in my arms, when the grief of my heart burst forth in a flood of tears. I took pen and paper, and gave vent to my oppressed heart... In the original the first stanza was: 'I love to steal awhile away from little ones and care.'
This was strictly true.
I had four little children; a small, unfinished house; a sick sister in the only finished room; and there was not a place, above or below, where I could retire for devotion, without [being] interrupted...
But there was no dwelling between our house and the one where that lady lived. Her garden extended down a good way below her house, which stood on a beautiful eminence,...
I used to steal away... going out of our gate, [strolling] along under the elms that were planted for shade on each side of the road. And, as there was seldom any one passing that way after dark, I felt quite retired and alone with God.
I often walked quite up to that beautiful garden, and sniffed the fragrance of the peach, the grape, and the ripening apple, if not the flowers. I never saw any one in the garden, and felt that I could have the privilege of that walk and those few moments of uninterrupted communion with God without encroaching upon any one; but, after once knowing that my steps were watched and made the subject of remark and censure, I never could enjoy it as I had done. I have often thought Satan had tried his best to prevent me from prayer, by depriving me of a place to pray.
Here is the original version of her poem.
Yes, when the toilsome day is gone,
And night, with banners gray,
Steals silently the glade along
In twilight's soft array,
I love to steal awhile away
From little ones and care,
And spend the hours of setting day
In gratitude and prayer.
I love to feast on Nature's scenes
When falls the evening dew,
And dwell upon her silent themes.
Forever rich and new.
I love in solitude to shed
The penitential tear,
And all God's promises to plead
Where none can see or hear.
I love to think on mercies past.
And future ones implore,
And all my cares and sorrows cast
On Him whom I adore.
I love to meditate on death!
When shall his message come
With friendly smiles to steal my breath
And take an exile home?
Today's book recommendation
Straight from the Des Moines Botanic Garden - hosting their first-ever Botanical Book Club today on May 1st, they will discuss “The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession” by Susan Orlean.
It's a fascinating story - why would someone steal orchids? The Orchid Thief is based on Orlean's investigation of the 1994 arrest of John Laroche ("La Rōsh") and a group of Seminoles in south Florida for poaching rare orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. The book is based on an article that Orlean wrote for The New Yorker, published in the magazine's January 23, 1995 issue. Plant dealer Laroche was determined to find and clone the rare ghost orchid for profit.
Today's Garden Chore
Learn to plant bare root roses.
There's a first time for everything and once you get comfortable with planting bare root stock, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Chris Van Cleve over at The Redneck Rosarian has a nice step by step guide. And, I love this piece of advice he shares - a good general reminder for us all: When you are working with bare root stock,
"Notice the large and then small fibrous type roots. The fibrous roots are feeder roots. Do not remove them, they are essential for taking in nutrients to the plant."
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
In falling, clutched the frail arbute,
The fibres of whose shallow root,
Uplifted from the soil, betrayed
The silver veins beneath it laid,
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