#OTD Today is St. Bernard Tolomeo's Day, the Patron Saint of Olive Growers.
Saint Bernard was from Tuscany and he was born there in 1272.
Here are some here are a few quick fun facts about Olives:
#OTD It was on this day that the botanist George Taylor died in 1891.
"Driving north from Kalamazoo, through the country, one passes great 100-acre farms devoted to the sweet-scented celery, reminding one of that Methodist hymn:'Sweet fields beyond stand dressed in living green.'One would never forget a drive through the celery gardens in any direction from Kalamazoo; the long rows keeping their bright green till November, as crop follows crop; and the fields being unmarred by fences or anything except the cozy cottages of the thrifty Hollanders."
"In the fall of 1856, there was a big party that was going to be held at the Burdock House Hotel on December 19. It was going to be a big gathering with lots of people from all over and Mr. Taylor thought it would be a good opportunity to advertise celery. As the unknown vegetable, [Taylor] persuaded the owner of the hotel to put celery on his menu and the people were curious about it. They asked, "how do you eat this?" "Is it grown from seed?" It just grew in popularity from there."
#OTD It was on this day that the botanist and German poet Adelbert van Chamiso died.
#OTD Today is the anniversary of the death of Dorothy Adlington Cadberry who died on this day in 1987.
#OTD On this day in 2005, we lost the botanist Mary Bowerman, who was the co-author of The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo California.
“Little did I know, 65 years ago, that my senior project would become my life‘s work.“
“that the whole of Mount Diablo including its foothills should remain open space and that the visual and natural integrity will be sustained.“
"August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied."
- Joseph Wood Krutch
"The brilliant poppy flaunts her head
Amidst the ripening grain,
And adds her voice to sell the song
That August's here again."
- Helen Winslow
Today's Garden Chore
Try planting Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis.
If you have a wet spot in your garden, Cardinal Flower could be perfect for that spot. Cardinal Flower doesn't have to be red. The easy-care native perennial can sends up spikes of white or pink, (in addition to red), from midsummer to fall.
Cardinal flower grows in zone 3 - 9. The plants grow 2-4 feet tall. Cardinal Flower is also a major pollinator plant; the birds love it, the butterflies love it, and even hummingbirds love it. And bonus: it's also deer and rabbit resistant. It grows well in sun or part shade.
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
Finally, here’s a little post from a columnist named Ruth Oren, out of a newspaper in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1966.
I read it and I thought you would enjoy it. It's a little reminder about not overdoing it in the fall:
"Midsummer is the time to enjoy a "no-gardening" garden. If you find yourself up to your ears in gardening chores, something is wrong.
This pause in mid-summer is necessary for humans as well as plants. What's the point of creating a lovely garden and never having the time to enjoy it?
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