“A ‘tussie’ is a nosegay, which is a Middle English word for a small group of flowers held together in a little bouquet. 'Mussie’ refers to the moss that was moistened and put around the stems of the flowers to keep them from wilting. That’s why they’re called tussie-mussies.”
#OTD Today is the anniversary of the death of Jeanne Baret who died on this day in 1807.
#OTD It’s the birthday of Frederick William Calcut Paxford who was born on this day in 1898.
“an inwardly optimistic, outwardly pessimistic, dear, frustrating, shrewd countryman of immense integrity.“
"Mr. Jack loved the trees and would not have a tree cut down or lopped. When we had to take some [branches] to make a rose trellis, we had to get them when he was away for a few days and cover up the cuts with mud so that they would not be seen."
#OTD Today is the anniversary of the death of Candice Wheeler who died on this day in 1923.
"are thoroughly in sympathy with nature, of which the former writes as charmingly as the latter illustrates it."
"One of the most perfect and unfailing joys of life is planting. It is the creative joy felt by God."
"Eating is an agricultural act."
"Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup."
“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
“I don't believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure.”
"Lucinda Hutson’s garden is something of a legend in Austin. An invitation from Lucinda, an authority on ethnic herbs and an accomplished cook, to sample a new dish or special punch in her flamboyant setting is a guaranteed fiesta. . . . And her gusto for entertaining and cooking is exemplified in her recipes [in] The Herb Garden Cookbook."
Today's Garden Chore
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
"Saturday was supposed to be the inaugural SurreyWhite Rock Hydrangea Blossom Festival.For organizer Elaine Cramer, it was going to be the realization of a dream she's had for 15 years to bring a world-class floral parade to the Lower Mainland. Now it's not going to happen; not this year at least.After months of planning, the parade has been cancelled. [...]Elaine is no novice when it comes to hydrangeas. She actually studied them at university. Her garden's home to several varieties.[Elaine] says Surrey was equally enthusiastic. In fact, she says, it was Mayor Doug McCallum who convinced her that the best route through Surrey was 152nd Street. So she was a little shocked two weeks ago when she sat down before the city's special-events committee to be told by chairwoman Council Judy Higginbotham that her permit had been denied.She's been working with Surrey officials for more than a year and only now does she learn of the problem.Elaine and her 30 volunteers plan to give away more than 10,000 hydrangea bushes between now and October with next year's parade in mind. That's if she can get a permit."
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