Are you growing Gladiola?
The plants are also sometimes called the Sword Lily.
Gladiola is Latin for a small sword.
In Victorian times, the Gladiola meant, "You pierce my heart."
And the next time you see a Gladiola, take a closer look: Members of this family produce parts in multiples of three. There are 3 sepals, colored to look like petals, and 3 true petals, and 3 stamens.
#OTD It was on this day in 1923 that the botanist Edwin Way Teal married Nelly Imogene Donovan.
For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
Any fine morning, a power saw can fell a tree that took a thousand years to grow.
“Nature is shy and noncommittal in a crowd. To learn her secrets, visit her alone or with a single friend, at most. Everything evades you, everything hides, even your thoughts escape you, when you walk in a crowd.”
“Our minds, as well as our bodies, have need of the out-of-doors. Our spirits, too, need simple things, elemental things, the sun and the wind and the rain, moonlight and starlight, sunrise and mist and mossy forest trails, the perfumes of dawn and the smell of fresh-turned earth and the ancient music of wind among the trees.”
#OTD And today is the birthday of the botanist Franklin Hewitt Perrin who is born in London on this day in 1927.
To recommence in August."
- Lord Byron
Today's Garden Chore
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Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
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