She extols the basics under the rubric “Earthlings”.

Basics are what gardening is all about, though there has been a dangerous tendency over the last couple of years for basics to be delicately, superciliously stifled by aesthetics. First you need to know what makes plants grow. After that you can enjoy the agony of deciding which plants they are to be be. If you do it the other way around, you find the garden littered with corpses. This is expensive for the gardener. Pretty sad for the plants too.

Anna Pavord. The Curious Gardener: A Year in the Garden.

And so for day 1638

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