Since January is the month Alexander Garden was born, let’s take a timely look at the popular shrub that commemorates him.
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The Frost of Death was on the Pane—
“Secure your Flower,” said he.
Like Sailors fighting with a Leak
We fought Mortality—
In the past few years, many people who have grown gardenias outdoors have shared Emily Dickinson’s lament for the unspecified vegetable victim from poem F 1130. You may wonder just what the hardiest gardenia varieties are. The answer is developing, so let’s consider what we know about what’s available. Read more
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Although nature can be daunting, erratic, and bogglingly complex to analyze, this same recondite, awesome nature has inspired portrayals in many forms of art. One of those, written by Goethe, would enable Siegmund von Hausegger a century later to complete this symphony harnessing the power of the imagination to envision and to escape. Read more
note: Although this is a little off our usual topic, I thought it would be suitable enough for a plant-oriented audience since it was not widely reported and since there’s not much plantwise in winter.
There’s nothing new under the sun, goes the familiar Bible verse, but scientists keep discovering things that have been there all along. After all, it’s their job, and someone’s got to do it! One of the most dramatic of these discoveries took place last year under the equally clichéd snows of Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more