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May 24, 2016

“Have you made an herbarium yet?”

Cannabis plant, loofestrife and pasture rose, bottom right.
The Lost Gardens of Emily Dickinson
Dickinson adored the plant kingdom from a young age. She recalled going on “rambles” through the woods in her teenage years and finding many “beautiful children of spring,” her epithet for wildflowers like trailing arbutus, adder’s tongue and yellow violets. In her youth, she began composing a book — not of poems, but of plants. She meticulously dried and flattened a wide range of species — chestnut, dogwood, poppies, lilac, nasturtiums, even a couple of algae — and artfully fixed them to paper, christening many with the appropriate Latin names.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 24, 2016 11:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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No, but every window sill in the kitchen and nook are sproutariums. Just lay a couple of rubber bands on the floor and the cats stay away.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 24, 2016 1:41 PM

Emily found a male plant. Not good for much except hemp. She came so close...


Posted by: John M [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 25, 2016 12:48 PM

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