Have you tried growing the herb chervil?
Chervil tastes similar to tarragon - it's sometimes called gourmet parsley. It has a wonderful fern-like leaf which turns red in the fall which is another plus. August is a wonderful time to sow chervil - so keep that in mind.
The 1884 Dictionary of English Names of Plants lists chervil as “the shepherd’s clock’’ because the blossoms open at five in the morning and then close up around eight in the evening.
The word chervil is derived from a Greek word meaning “the herb of rejoicing’’ or “the cheer leaf."
#OTD It's the birthday of the English naturalist, Gilbert White, who was born on this day in 1720.
White kept a journal for almost three decades where he recorded observations of his garden. It was eventually published as a Calendar of Flora and the Garden, followed by the Naturalist’s Journal.
People immediately recognized White had a gift for observation and for describing with vivid clarity the goings-on in the natural world.
Here's a little of what he wrote in his journal on this day in 1781; his 61st birthday:
"Farmers complain that their wheat is blited.
In the garden at Dowland’s,... stands a large Liriodendrum tulipifera, or tulip-tree, which was in flower. The soil is poor sand; but produces beautiful pendulous Larches.
Mr R’s garden, ... abounds in fruit, & in all manner of good & forward kitchen-crops. Many China-asters this spring seeded themselves there... some cucumber-plants also grew-up of themselves from the seeds of a rejected cucumber thrown aside last autumn. Mr R’s garden is at an average a fortnight before mine."
#OTD Today is the anniversary of the death of the author and gardener Jane Austen.
Austen loved gardens. She had a heart for ornamentals, herbs, and kitchen gardening. And, her family always had a garden - growing their own food and beautifying their homes with flowers.
In every one of her books, Austen included gardens.
We know from Austen's letters to her sister, Cassandra, that gardens brought her joy and they were also regulating.
In 1807, she wrote about the redesign of her garden:
"I could not do without a syringa... We talk also of a laburnum. The border under the terrace wall is clearing away to receive currants and gooseberry bushes, and a spot is found very proper for raspberries."
In 1814, she wrote about the garden outside her rented room,
"The garden is quite a love... I live in the room downstairs, it is particularly pleasant...opening upon the garden. I go and refresh myself every now and then, and then come back to Solitary Coolness."
#OTD It was on this day in 1863 that the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, walked the battlefield of Gettysburg, just 15 days after the battle.
Today's Garden Chore
Do a summer check of all your irrigation systems and repair anything broken.
I sooo wish I would have done this last summer. By the time I discovered a leak, we had a big water problem to address.
In the garden, too much water can be just as harmful as too little. Throw in temperature extremes, and you have a perfect storm - inviting fungal and other diseases, pests and other problems.
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
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