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Welcome to The Daily Gardener.
I want to send a special shout out to the listeners of the Still Growing Podcast - my original long-format podcast that began in 2012.  Welcome SGP listeners! I’m glad you found the show.
What is the Daily Gardener?

The Daily Gardener is a weekday show.

It will air every day Monday - Friday 

(I’m taking weekends off for rest, family, fun, & gardening!)
The show will debut April 1, 2019. The tagline for the show is thoughts & brevities to inspire growth.

Shows are between 5 - 10 minutes in length.

The format for the show begins with a brief monologue followed by brevities. 

The Brevities segment is made up of 5 main topic areas.

1. Commemoration: Here, I dig up fascinating people, places, and events in horticulture and share them with you. This is the “On This Day” #OTD portion of the show helping you feel more grounded and versed o n the most enchanting stories from the history of gardening.
2. Unearthing Written Work: This is made up of poems, quotes, journal entries, and other inspiring works pertaining to gardening 
3. Book Recommendations: These are the literary treasures that will help you build a garden library, strengthen your gardening know-how and inspire you.
4. Garden Chores: A Daily Garden To-Do; improve your garden one actionable tip at a time
5. Something Sweet: This segment is dedicated to “reviving the little botanic spark” in your heart - to paraphrase botanist Alexander Garden; to add more joy to the pursuit of gardening.

The show sign-off is: "For a happy, healthy life: garden every day"

There are a few easter eggs in the show for Still Growing listeners. I still start the show with - "Hi there, everyone" and I end the show by saying the show is "produced in lovely, Maple Grove, Minnesota”.

The music for the show is called “The Daily Gardener Theme Song” originally dubbed “Bach’s Garden". I wrote it on Garageband. It will be available as a ringtone for your smartphone through the show’s Patreon page.

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Jul 25, 2019

Are you growing Cleome?

My daughter just had her senior pictures taken and I took some cuttings from the garden for her to hold during her photo shoot. For one of the pictures, I had her hold just one large white blossom in her hands. It looked like a giant puffball and it had a very etherial quality about it

Cleome is beautiful - but it is also sticky - so keep that in mind if you handle it.

I know some gardeners have no trouble sowing cleome directly into their gardens, but some gardeners complain that it can be an inconsistent germinater.

I like to sow cleome right now since the seeds like strong light to get going. Sometimes cleome can benefit from staking - so keep that in mind as well.

And, if you are planning a cutting garden, it is hard to beat cleome. The blooms are a show-stealer in any arrangement.


#OTD The Botanic garden at Oxford, also known as the Physic Garden, was founded on this day in 1632.

The garden is the oldest in England. When the garden was founded,the ground where the garden stands had been raised to protect it from floods.

During the founding ceremony, dignitaries of the University walked in a procession from St. Mary's church to the garden. Mr. Edward Dawson, a physician, and Dr. Clayton, the Regius Professor of Medicine, each gave a speech and a stone was placed in the garden gateway by the Vice-Chancellor himself.

#OTD  Today is the birthday of William Forsyth who was born on this day in 1804.

Forsyth was a Scottish botanist. He trained as a gardener at the Physic Garden and was an apprentice to Philip Miller, the chief gardener. In 1771, Forsyth himself took over the chief gardening position.

Three years later, he built one of the very first rock gardens with over 40 tons of stone collected from the land around the Tower of London and even some pieces of lava imported from Iceland. The effort was noted for posterity, the garden was a bust.

Forsyth was also the founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society. The genus, Forsythia, is named in his honor.

#OTD  The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge died on this day in 1834.

Along with his friend, William Wordsworth, he helped found the Romantic Movement in England and was a member of a group called the Lake Poets. 

In his poem called Youth and Age, Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote,

"Flowers are lovely; Love is flower-like; 
Friendship is a sheltering tree;"

#OTD  On this day in 1938, Canadian Naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol (“Sar-ee-all”) wrote about sharing his garden with a toad.

He wrote,

"One particular toad has taken quite a fancy to the Wild Flower garden. His den is alongside the Hepatica plant. There he sits half buried, and blinks up at me while I shower water on him." 

Unearthed Words

Here are a few English proverbs about July:
"If the first of July be rainy weather,
It will rain, more of less, for four weeks together."
"The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love's doubt and anxiety."

Today's book recommendation: The Fragrant Path by Louise Beebe Wilder
This is a wonderful guide to the cultivation of scented flowers. The newly revised edition includes modern varieties as well.
The late Louise Beebe Wilder is that rare figure, a garden writer from another era (she was born in 1878). Her books continue to be published because they are so charming and contain a wealth of horticultural knowledge.


Today's Garden Chore

Go to a local farmers market - not for the produce - for the knowledge. 
The growers at the farmer's market have an expertise about growing that is often an untapped resource. Plus, the growers are so generous with Information.

It's always a pleasure to talk to someone who has first-hand knowledge about growing plants.

Something Sweet 
Reviving the little botanic spark in your heart
Today in 1874, the The Opelousas Courier shared a wonderful story called "A Case of Floral Offerings."
The story was from Berlin, it told of an actress who was playing the role of a female Hamlet.

She wanted to have bouquets and wreaths thrown to her at the end of her performance.

When a man told her that the flowers would cost $20, the actress said that it was too much for one night.

But, the gentleman had an idea. He said, twenty dollars would be sufficient for two nights. 

And he explained how it would work. He said,

"Today, I and my men, will throw the bouquets to you from the first tier. After the performance is over, I shall take the flowers home with me in a basket [and] put them in water... Tomorrow night [we will toss them at your feet again]. No one in the audience will know that the bouquets have been used before."

The actress liked to the man's ingenious plan and paid the sum he had demanded.

Thanks for listening to the daily gardener,
and remember:
"For a happy, healthy life, garden every day."