Viva Vita! (08-3)

From Even More For Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West August 21, 1956     Mid-August means the beginning of autumn, so we had better bravely make up our minds to it. Not that I have anything to say against autumn as such. On certain days we may well be tempted to think it the most richly beautiful…

A Poem

To Find A Tree Such As Thee Warms My Heart– Shaped Balloons And Low-Hanging  Fruit

The Curious Gardener (August)

From The Curious Gardener  By Anna Pavord One of the nicest jobs in a summer garden is tying up sweet peas. Most of ours grows over a hazel tunnel which straddles a grass path in the kitchen garden…The sweet peas are the old-fashioned kind, smallish flowers but with a scent that is swoonier than any other smell…

Viva Vita! (08-2)

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West August 12, 1951 In the summer days before the war, the village flower show, which would have been better called a produce-show, was quite a grand affair. There were two marquees, large enough to dwarf the Miniature-Gardens-on-Plates and the Victorian-Posy-in-an-Egg-Cup into looking even tinier. The supper-dish for five people…

Ian Hamilton Finlay: His Footstone / A Footnote

Ian Hamilton Finlay was one of the most original artists of the twentieth century and yet there is nothing particularly novel about his work. With respect to novelty, Finlay’s subject matter was principally rooted in revolution—in particular: the French Revolution (that and his own revolution with the Scottish Arts Council). Art and revolution? Alright, not exactly a first….

Viva Vita (08-1)

From More For Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West August 1, 1954 Everyone knows that the seeds of hardy annuals may be sown in the open ground of August and September, and that the resultant plants will be sturdier and will come into flower earlier than those we sow in spring. Dreadful as it is to start looking…

IPM (Part III)

Integrated Pest Management / Final Exam Question: What makes hard scale insects such a pest management challenge?   

Viva Vita! (07-4)

From Even More For Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West July 24, 1955 It is a sad moment when the first phlox appears. It is the amber light indicating the end of the great burst of early summer and suggesting that we must now start looking forward to autumn. Not that I have any objection to autumn as…