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The Violets Will Come, in Their Own Time

The Violets Will Come, in Their Own Time

By The Daily Gardener | May 14, 2019

by Hal Borland The violets will come, in their own time. That is all that was written in the sky by Friday’s equinox. The sun’s summons will not be answered overnight, but the answer is inevitable. The first hungry bee at the first crocus hums of June, and the first green leaf forecast cool summer…

The Redstart

The Redstart

By The Daily Gardener | May 13, 2019

by John Burroughs Standing in the road over in the woods, I saw a lively little shadow cast by some object above and behind me, on the ground in front of me. Turning, I saw the source of it — The Redstart Performing its astonishing gymnastics in a leafless oak tree… It is the quickest…

White Stone Days

White Stone Days

By The Daily Gardener | May 10, 2019

by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin And it is Cecelia Page who said these wonderful quotes: “An admission of ignorance may well be a step to a new discovery.” and then this one (which harkened back to Page’s discovery of the bee orchid). “The reward of the young scientist is the emotional thrill of being the first person…

An Admission of Ignorance

The Reward of the Young Scientist

By The Daily Gardener | May 10, 2019

by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin And it is Cecelia Page who said these wonderful quotes: “An admission of ignorance may well be a step to a new discovery.” and then this one (which harkened back to Page’s discovery of the bee orchid). “The reward of the young scientist is the emotional thrill of being the first person…

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

An Admission of Ignorance

By The Daily Gardener | May 10, 2019

by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin An admission of ignorance may well be a step to a new discovery.       Note: Today is the birthday of scientist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin who discovered while still in graduate school that stars are made largely of the two lightest chemical elements – hydrogen and helium; she was born in 1900.…

Hewett Cottrell Watson’s letter to Charles Darwin

Hewett Cottrell Watson’s letter to Charles Darwin

By The Daily Gardener | May 9, 2019

by Hewett Cottrell Watson 21 Nov 1859 My dear Sir Once [I started] to read the ‘Origin’ I could not rest [until] I had galloped through [all of it]. I shall now begin to re-read it more deliberately. Meantime I am tempted to write you [my] first impressions… 1st. Your leading idea will assuredly become…

Just Watching the Natural World

By The Daily Gardener | May 8, 2019

by Sir David Attenborough I can’t pretend that I got involved with filming the natural world fifty years ago because I had some great banner to carry about conservation – not at all, I always had a huge pleasure in just watching the natural world and seeing what happens.      Notes:  Today is the…

I Don’t Run a Car

I Don’t Run a Car

By The Daily Gardener | May 8, 2019

by Sir David Attenborough I don’t run a car, have never run a car. I could say that this is because I have this extremely tender environmentalist conscience, but the fact is I hate driving.      Notes:  Today is the birthday of famed naturalist and television personality Sir David Attenborough who was born today…

Good Afternoon

By The Daily Gardener | May 8, 2019

by Sir David Attenborough About 70 or 80 men jumped onto the track, brandishing knives and spears. To say I was alarmed is, to put it mildly… I walked towards this screaming horde of men, I stuck out my hand, and I heard myself say ‘good afternoon.’       Notes:  Today is the birthday…

I Just Wish the World Was Twice As Big

Four Million Different Solutions

By The Daily Gardener | May 8, 2019

by Sir David Attenborough There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.        Notes:  Today is the birthday of famed naturalist and television personality Sir David Attenborough who was born today in 1926 in a suburb of…

Sir David Attenborough

I Just Wish the World Was Twice as Big

By The Daily Gardener | May 8, 2019

by Sir David Attenborough I just wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored.     Notes:  Today is the birthday of famed naturalist and television personality Sir David Attenborough who was born today in 1926 in a suburb of London, England.   As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast:…

Speak to the Listening Heaven

Speak to the Listening Heaven

By The Daily Gardener | May 7, 2019

by Rabindranath Tagore Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.     Note: Today is the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore born on this day in 1861. As featured onThe Daily Gardener podcast: Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all. Rabindranath Tagore Black-Eyed Susan Related…

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