August 1, 2019 Gladiola, Edwin Way Teal, Franklin Hewitt Perrin, Lord Byron, The Garden Chef, Repurposed Strawberry Jar, and Plants Named After People

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.

The two had met while Teal was at College. After  they married they moved to New York so that Teal could continue his education at Columbia University.
Teal’s first job was writing for the magazine Popular Science.
On the side, he began taking pictures and specializing in nature photography. When Teal was 42, he left Popular Science in order to become a freelancer. By 1943, his book By-ways to Adventure: A Guide to Nature Hobbies won the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished natural history writing.  
During World War II, the Teal’s son, David, was killed in Germany. The couple began traveling across the country by automobile. The trips help them cope with their grief. 
The trips became not only a catharsis, but also an integral part of Teals writing. Their 1947 trip, covering 17,000 miles in a black Buick, following the advance of spring, led to Teals book north with the spring.
Additional road trips lead to more books:Journey Into Summer, Autumn Across America, and Wandering Through Winter. Wandering Through Winter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966.
And, it was Edward Way Teal who said:

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.

In 1962, Perrin along with Max Walters wrote The Atlas of the British Flora, which some called the most significant natural history book of the 20th century.
It was Franklin Perrin who devised the  Dot Map.
He was an outstanding field botanist with a phenomenal memory for plants.
Perrin was the best kind of botanist; possessing the eagerness of an  amateur and the training of a true professional.
Perrin had obtained his PhD in Cambridge. When Max Walters the director of the University herbarium invited him to map the distribution of all the wildflowers trees and ferns of England and Ireland, Perrin said "yes."   
Planning and leading groups of experts on remote field trips by bicycle, train, or on foot, was Perrin’s favorite thing to do.  Walters and Perrin successfully mapped all of Britain’s plants in under five years.


Unearthed Words

"The English winter, ending in July
To recommence in August."
- Lord Byron
For many people gardens are just extensions of the kitchen. Today restaurants are utilizing rooftop gardens for growing herbs and spices and larger plots allow for cultivating vegetables along with fruit trees.
The garden chef offers more than 100 garden focused recipes and it shares how 40 of the worlds top chefs grow and cook  with produce directly from their garden.
The book offers stories along with the recipes for folks to enjoy reading cookbooks end it also offers tips for gardeners showing how the smallest space can grow Something delicious to eat



Today's Garden Chore

Unusual ways of planting herbs may appeal to you. One is rais¬ ing several kinds in avstrawberry jar. Fill it with avmixture of sandy loam, and in each of the open spaces set in perennial plants or sow seeds of annuals. An advantage of this planting, especially where perennials are used, is that the jar may be brought into the house for the winter and leaves snipped off as they are wanted for culinary dishes, aromatic teas or just for their fragrance. If annuals are used, such as basil, summer savory, chervil, anise or dill, pull up the stalks when they have finished their life cycle, dig up the soil abit, plant new seeds and have new leaves to pluck. Perennials for the jar might be chives, winter savory, parsley, garden thyme, burnet, apple mint, orange mint, lemon thyme and many others.



Something Sweet 
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart

And it was on this day in 1950 that The Ithaca Journal out of Ithaca New York published a question from a reader. The reader wanted an answer to this question:
Please list a few plants that are named for people.
The answer
Here is the  answer

The poinsettia was named 'for Joel R. Poinsett, a famous ; statesman. Wisteria is named in .honor of Caspar Wistar, a distinguished physician and scientists of Philadelphia. Leonard Fuchs, a jGerman botanist, discovered the 'plant known as fuchsia, while William Forsyth, a Scotch botanist, is responsible for thf n,imi of forsythia. The name of Louis An-toine de Bougainville, a French soldier and explorer, is perpetu- lated in the bougaunvillca. Th jpaulownia is nnmed for the grnd jDuchess Anna Favlovna, daughter of Czar Paul I.



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