Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Enjoy It Anyway

The birds are singing, they don’t care, An inch of snow is everywhere. They’ll sing their song till day is done, Whether or not the snow is gone. I’ll follow their lead, enjoy the sun, The bright blue sky, the glistening ground. He will fulfill the promise of spring, The beautiful flowers He will soon . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Enjoy It Anyway

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Louie’s Favorite Fragrant Roses

It’s automatic – We see a rose; we smell the rose. Seems kind of like a useless exercise these days, as so many roses have had the fragrance bred out of them. It’s not that hybridizers don’t like fragrance, it’s just that we consumers insist on roses that are disease resistant, survive the elements, and . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Louie’s Favorite Fragrant Roses

Fingers Numb

I write to you with fingers numb. I think that I might lose a thumb. Chicago’s temperature is 33. Yet I was gardening – crazy me.

The sun was shining. The birds were singing. I was smiling, trimming, digging.

Digging through the shed so deep, my gardening tools buried in the heap. But out they . . . → Read More: Fingers Numb

Gardener’s Muse Day – February 2012

As I complete this monthly series paying homage to Edith Holden, I thank her for writing her diary and sharing it with us so many years ago.

February, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

This month derives its name from the word februare, to purify or from Februa, the Roman festival of . . . → Read More: Gardener’s Muse Day – February 2012

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – January 2012

The month of January, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

Named from the Roman god Janus, who is represented with two faces looking in opposite directions, – as retrospective to the past, and prospective to, the coming year.

And an interesting motto that Ms. Holden has been kind enough to . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – January 2012

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – December 2011

The month of December, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

December was the last month of the old Roman year which was divided into ten months. The Saxons called it ‘winter-monat’ or winter month, and ‘heligh-monat,’ or holy month from the fact that Christmas fell with it. The 22nd of December is . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – December 2011

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – November 2011

The month of November, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

The ninth month of the old Roman year, which began with March. The 11th of November was held to mark the beginning of Winder. The Anglo-Saxon name for November was ‘Blot-monath’, (Blood-month the latter name probably alluding to the custom of slaughtering . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – November 2011

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – September/October 2011

I owe you one. One muse day that is. As I post my October 1st muse, I post my belated September muse as well.

The month of September, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar, but is the ninth according to our reckoning. The . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – September/October 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – August 2011

The month of August, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” …

This month received it’s present name from the Emperor Augustus, and was selected not as being his natal month, but because in it his greatest good fortune happened to him. As July contained 31 days, and August only 30, it was . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – August 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – July 2011

Edith Holden, today you have been pre-empted for an important message from one Miss Gracie Meitzler. Edith, I have enjoyed posting religiously on Muse Day from your “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”, but not today, not this Muse Day. Today belongs to Gracie.

Gracie and her mom, Carrie, gave my garden TLC while I . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – July 2011