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As the Wisteria Twines

A wondrous woody vine, wisteria stretches up and over supporting structures just like this opening verse Don’t blame the wisteria for setting off a feeling like freedom a feeling like joy Deborah Landau “don’t blame the wisteria” in Soft targets … Continue reading

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Reluctance of the Verb

The allusion here is to the secret life of plants and the roots/routes of tree talk. On trees communicating with each other see An analogy between the human world of relations and trees in the city] concludes “Boxed In” … Continue reading

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Plant Contemplation and the End of Contemplation

Roger Deakin Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees “The Bluebell Picnic” On the art and garden of John Nash Quite why so many woodland plants are poisonous is an interesting question, but the bluebell is one of them. The sleep of … Continue reading

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Ever Green In the Archive

From ad copy from the London Review of Books Spring is here, but the LRB, like cypress, pine, fir, cedar, spruce, hemlock, juniper, eucalyptus and magnolia trees, is evergreen. Which is to say that pieces and issues from a month, … Continue reading

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Unplucked by the Copy Editor

The Gardens of Emily Dickinson by Judith Farr sports a close up of the stamens of a daylily on its cover and a fragment from Dickinson (1058) “Bloom — is Result” (in Emily’s hand?) It is up close that some … Continue reading

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The Return

Garden Lore of Ancient Athens (1963) Excavations of the Athenian Agora Picture Books No. 8 American School of Classical Studies at Athens I am captivated by the story of the origin of the Corinthian order of columns in the section … Continue reading

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Blousy Blooms

Gillian Sze has an impeccable eye for the cartographies of sensuality. Take this bit from “Mapping the Garden” in Peeling Rambutan . . . A brothel of lilacs Four bushes of heavy-chested women. Their embraces can last two weeks. They … Continue reading

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Archive Garden Potager

Louise Glück opens her forward to Green Squall by Jay Hopler with the following observation: Before poetry began pitching its tents in the library and museum, before, that is, mediated experience supplanted what came to seem the naive fantasy of … Continue reading

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Meet the Wort Family

Anna Pavord in the preface to the Herbology section of Harry Potter – A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition (At the British Library) waxes eloquently on plant names and the very special magic contained in etymology. She … Continue reading

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Some history and some speculation… The saga of Jefferson and his favorite herb, tarragon, is a typically exasperating story of failure and futility. Jefferson likely encountered tarragon, or estragon, while in Paris as minister to France. After returning home in … Continue reading

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