"Black Hull Wheat - the wheat that increased production by millions of bushels in the Southwest - came from just one plant discovered in his wheat field by Earl Clark in Sedgwick county, Kans.
The Wayzata ever-bearing strawberry came from just one plant discovered in a patch of June-bearing strawberries in Hennepin county, Minn.
And, John Brown discovered an entirely new kind of watermelon - and a dandy - in his melon patch in White county, Illinois.
Keep your eyes open."
#OTD It was on this day that the German botanist and internationally-regarded landscape architect Ludwig Winter was born.
Winter taught Karl Forrester - of Karl Forrester grass fame - when he came to visit him in Italy.
"Water, flowers, and poetry merge into a musical harmony of colors that my eyes have never met…. In addition, to paint certain landscapes you should have a palette of gems and diamonds. It is wonderful."
#OTD It was on this day in 1854 that two years of simple living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts was shared with the world in the form of a book; Henry David Thoreau's Walden was published.
It was Henry David Thoreau who said:
”The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
"Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw."
#OTD Today, in 1869, the explorer John Wesley Powell named an area of the Grand Canyon after his botanist George Vasey.
"The river turns sharply to the east, and seems enclosed by a wall, set; with a million brilliant gems. What can it mean? Every eye is engaged, everyone wonders.On coming nearer, we find fountains bursting from the rock, high overhead, and the spray in the sunshine forms the gems which bedeck the wall.The rocks below the fountain are covered with mosses, and ferns, and many beautiful flowering plants.We name it Vasey's Paradise, in honor of the botanist who traveled with us last year."
#OTD Today is the birthday of the Belgium botanical illustrator, Helen Durand, who was born on this day in 1883.
#OTD Today is the birthday of Rachel Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon also known as Bunny Mellon.
She got her nickname from a family nurse.
"... being very small near a bed of tall, white, phlox in my godmothers garden. This towering forest of scent and white flowers was the beginning of ceaseless and trust, passion, and pleasure in gardens and books.“
“my beginning, started with rare books on plants and garden plants, mostly French or Italian. They were like my Bibles.“
The hey-day of the year,
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.
Flowers her glory swell,
And birthday wishes are most blest,
Breathed 'neath her potent spell.
- Richard Combe Miller
Today's Garden Chore
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
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