- What makes an herb an herb
"I must have a project.That should be my middle name; Project. I'm really and truly not happy without one."
"Nature is my religion. There is no life in cements and paint. "
#OTD On this day in 2013, Ohio State University's greenhouse smells like a mix of sauerkraut and dead fish.
Finally, this week marks the beginning of National Public Gardens Week, which runs from today, May 13, through May 19.
"Standing in the road over in the woods,I saw a lively little shadow cast by some objectabove and behind me,on the ground in front of me.Turning, I saw the source of it–The Red StartPerforming its astonishing gymnastics in a leafless oak tree…It is the quickestAnd prettiestOf the flycatchers."
Sit alone and keep a journal
Men who write journals, Are usually men of certain marked traits–They are idealists; They love solitude rather than society;They are self-conscious, and they love to write…Their journals largely take the place of social converse.Two such a man, his journal becomes his duplicate self,And he chose to it what he could not say to his nearest friend.It becomes both an altar and a confessional.
As I was reading about John Burroughs and his journals, I stumbled on something Burroughs had written at the thought of others reading the entries in his diaries (as he called them).
"I do not expect you to read them all —only here and therewhere you get some real glimpse of me.I looked into some of them last night.They seem too sad.I seem to have putall my sunshine into the books,and all my gloom into the Diaries.Remember they were written for my eyes alone —a sort of cemeterywhere I could turn and mournover my vanished daysand vanished thoughts."
The Garden Notebook was Chatto's monthly diary and it is super readable and engaging. As a nursery owner and operator, Chatto offers up her hints and tips about unusual herbaceous, alpine and other plants.
It's so hard to believe, but on this day last year we lost Beth – one of the most influential plants people of the last half-century.
Chatto's naturalistic gardens taught gardeners to incorporate new and different varieties of plants.
She also stressed the importance of focusing on foliage; embracing the fleeting nature of blossoms.
Chatto started a small nursery outside London in 1967. She called it Unusual Plants.
Leveraging this special interest, Chatto created ten years worth of metal winning displays at the Chelsea Flower Show and of course, her displays featured unusual plants that were often initially dismissed as weeds.
Today's Garden Chore: Incorporate herbs into shaded areas in your garden.
If you think all herbs need full sun, you'll be pleased to know that you can grow a fair selection of herbs in shade.
Save your shaded areas for growing lemon balm, parlsey, anise hyssop, wild ginger, and spicebush.
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
"Plants are my life. I feel responsible for them."
"I have a protective attitude without pampering. If you pamper a plant, It's like a person. It grows too soft."
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