#OTD On this day in 1778, the great French writer Voltaire died.
Here is the most cited passage from the story:
"'All I know,’ said Candide, ‘is that we must cultivate our garden.’
‘You are right,’ said Pangloss, ‘for when man was placed in the garden of Eden, he was put there 'ut operaretur eum', so that he might work: which proves that man was not born for the rest.’
‘Let us set to work, for that is the only way to make life bearable.'"
"It's composed of two brushes– whisk brooms in reality. The brushes are placed directly ahead of the principal shovels of the cultivator, felling the weeds about the corn plant... And as the weeds are laid low, they are covered with earth which is thrown up by the shovels.Miller donated the first weeder to the Red Cross and at a recent auction, sold one for the price of $60 Which is about 12 times the cost for which it will be retailed."
#OTD It's National Mint Julep Day.
Here's a poem from Cicily Mary Barker; an English illustrator known for her work depicting fairies and flowers.
The poem mentions Laburnum; a small tree that has hanging clusters of yellow flowers. After it flowers it produces slender pods which contain poisonous seeds.
The Lilac Fairy from Cicily Mary Barker
Today's book recommendation: Green Thoughts by Eleanor PerenyiWe lost Eleanor into 2009, at the age of 91.
This book is widely considered by many to be a classic of garden writing. It was Eleanor's only book.
She wrote about working in her Connecticut garden. Perenyi was not a fan of rock gardens, chemical pesticides or petunias.
She once called petunias,
“as hopelessly impractical as a chiffon ball dress”
There are many Wonderful quotes and sayings that are attributed to Eleanor in her book Green Thoughts. Here are a few of my favorites:
“A little studied negligence is becoming to a garden:”
“The double hoops for peonies are beyond description maddening to unfold and set in place. Two people are needed, one of them with better control of his temper than I have.”
“I ordered a modern purple martin house myself and proceeded to construct a dreadful object: unpainted, it looked like a cheap motel; painted blue and white, it looked like a cheap Greek motel and had to be thrown out.”
Today's Garden Chore
Incorporate more perennial vines into your garden.
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
"One usually thinks of clothes posts as necessary evils and accepts their ugliness as unredeemable. It will surprise many to learn that they may be made beautiful and retain their usefulness.I have seen a set of clothes posts In a back yard entirely covered with living green—a luxeriant growth of Virginia creeper... The best permanent screen for unsightly objects Is a group of evergreens. A clump of lilacs costs less and begins to be effective sooner."
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