The History of Lawns? Seriously?
Yes, indeedy. That’s not just a patch of grass in front of your house. It’s your time, your money, your stress level, your health, and so much more. And it has a history that may blow your mind. It did mine. It’s the Great American Front Lawn.
Virginia Scott Jenkins’s The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession, is the best (and—shocked, I am— only) book on the history of American lawns. It is so, so much more interesting than that sounds, or it wouldn’t belong in Non-Boring History, would it, now? Look, just trust me on this one. Even though “lawn” rhymes with “yawn”.
It’s that time of year again! Yes, you read that right—it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to be doing in the garden this year. Much like last year, some of this year’s garden trends have come about because of the pandemic. Other trends place emphasis on environmental friendliness and reducing our carbon footprints. Read below for a roundup of the things that will be hot this year.
This collection holds 1,180 drawings, the outcome of 40 years of root system excavations in Europe, mainly in Austria. The drawings, their analysis and description were done by Univ. Prof. Dr. Erwin Lichtenegger (1928-2004) and Univ. Prof. Dr. Lore Kutschera (1917-2008), leader of Pflanzensoziologisches Institut, Klagenfurt, (now in Bad Goisern, Austria).
I have seen quite a few posts about growing saffron lately. It is, indeed, a very pricy spice, which I use regularly to make Risotto Milanese, one of our favorite meals. I’m not sure I have the wherewithal to grow it myself, but it is an intriguing idea I will explore in the future. – Douglas
A few years back I was trying to find the spice Saffron locally but had to purchase online. It was EXPENSIVE and now after finding my own saffron crocus bulbs to grow I see way. In this post I share how to grow saffron along with a few fun facts about the plant.
The best woodland plants often come into their own in spring. Light falls through branches that haven’t yet come into leaf, bathing the plants below in a golden glow. The show begins with snowdrops and aconites and transforms week by week, with primroses, forget-me-nots and wood anemones blooming in a non-stop carpet of colour.