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Long known as “The Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-il was from 1980 a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Workers’ Party of Korea, from 1991 the Supreme Commander of the People’s Army, and from 1993 Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea until he died in 2011. That’s an assortment of important names, isn’t it?
From February 1988, added to this array was a new variety of begonia to reflect them, ‘Kimjongilhwa.’
In the second act of a play you might have seen or read, Juliet Capulet asks her boyfriend, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as sweet.” Although they can be arbitrary or intentional, there is much to a name indeed. Read more
By the time he reached middle age, life had brought the Scottish botanist, landscape architect, and city planner John Loudon (1783-1843) an abundance of both triumph and trouble. He had traveled in northern Europe, learned French, German, and Italian, and published encyclopedias of gardening and agriculture. Thus he was worldly and intelligent and successful. Since he was a bachelor, these qualities certainly made him an excellent catch and a potentially ideal husband and father.
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In England, there’s a group of contrarians who oppose “blue-sky thinking” by helping people appreciate the beauty of clouds, which makes you realize a curious aspect of our language. Although we commonly use the term “landscape,” we only rarely encounter the term “cloudscape.” Yet we look up all the time, and gardeners in particular often look skyward and spend time thinking about what kind of weather will come. And all this means Read more