September is my favorite month for planting trees, shrubs, and perennials.
The cool air makes outdoor exercise a joy and the ground temperatures add the perfect amount of warmth for plants to get established.
Planting in the fall is preferred because it's the time of year when perennials experience less transplant shock. At the same time, there is still sufficient time for plants to establish their roots in the garden in time for winter. After their season of dormancy, when the ground warms again, fall-planted perennials grow and bloom more vigorously than if they were planted in the spring.
Bottomline: Now is NOT the time to stop planting. It's the perfect time to get your dig on.
“I have found this art to consist in regenerating in a direct line of descent, and as rapidly as possible an improving variety, taking care that there be no interval between the generations. To sow, to re-sow, to sow again, to sow perpetually, in short to do nothing but sow, is the practice to be pursued, and which cannot be departed from; and in short this is the whole secret of the art I have employed.”
#OTD Today is the anniversary of the day in 1847 when Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Massachusetts.
His two years of simple living at Walden Pond were over.
#OTD Today is the anniversary of the death of James Veitch Jr. who died on this day in 1869.
James Veitch Jr created the RHS Fruit and Floral Committees which still exist today.
His love of the plants and the business were carried on in his three sons.
The oldest, John Gould Veitch, was one of the first plant hunters to visit Japan.
The second son, Harry James, oversaw the business during a period of peak growth.
The third son, Arthur, worked with Harry to send Plant Explorers on missions all over the globe.
Of the brothers, it was the middle son, Harry, who outlived them both. His older brother John Gould died young at age 31 from tuberculosis. Harry outlived his younger brother, Arthur, who died young as well - he died after a short illness when he was just 36 years old.
#OTD Today is the birthday of the Belgian botanist and dendrologist Joseph Hers who was born on this day in 1884.
#OTD Today is the birthday of the British Botanist Kathleen Basford who was born on this day in 1916.
As a young girl, Basford's nanny, Winny, taught her about the natural world; she learned to identify wildflower and trees.
In the 1940's, Basford had three children of her own. She began gardening. When she wasn't with the children, she started breeding orchids. She became so interested in botany, she took evening classes on the subject.
By the early 1950's, Basford published a paper on a fuchsia she discovered. It proved that the fuchsia had existed 20-30 million years ago - before the break-up of the continents. Her paper caught the attention of the chair of the botany department at Manchester University; a geneticist named Sydney Harland. He offered Basford a job on the spot.
Later in life, Basford also wrote a book called "The Green Man." Before her book, this topic was largely unknown to the world. The Green Man, is a mythical figure - portrayed as a man with a head that sprouts leaves. It is a relic of the middle ages.
This is a book that was released in 2005 and it's still one of my favorites. Nancy Goodwin and her husband, Craufurd, searched for 10 years before finding a 61-acre property in 1977. The place had been in the Graham family for three generations. They had named it Montrose in honor of their Scottish ancestry. This book is the story of how the Goodwins transformed the property; it's a beautiful biography of the many gardens of Montrose.
Today's Garden Chore
If you live in a cold climate, late fall is a wonderful time to sow flower seeds in your garden.
Sweet Alyssum, Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Delphinium, Lady’s Mantle, Penstemon, and Sweet Pea are just a handful of the flowers you can sow in your fall garden. Additionally, many annuals, like cosmos, nigella, and cleome, will seed themselves after a summer in your garden.
If any seeds germinate in places where you don't want them, it's pretty easy to remove them in the spring or early summer.
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
"The parties who recently took flowers from the garden of Mrs. M. E. Nancarrow are known and must call and pay for them or be subjected to serious trouble."
"For a happy, healthy life, garden every day."
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