Modern gardeners benefit from the patient work of centuries of flower breeders.
I often mutter to myself and also to the plants in my garden, and perhaps you do too.
About 2,500 years ago, the Greek poet Sappho called the rose the “queen of flowers.”
The botanical name Digitalis is from the Latin for finger, and “folk” refers to fairies, hence the common name of folks' gloves or fairies' gloves.
The French and the Russians bred many of the famous lilacs grown today.
Common names for these wonderful plants are Christmas rose or Lenten rose, depending on the species and time of bloom.
As well as wonderful quotations, C. L. Fornari's handy book contains a lot of useful advice.
For flower lovers, the ability to step out into the garden and pick a fistful of blooms for a vase, is one of spring’s great pleasures.
We should ask questions before we purchase our plants this spring. It's important to know whether pesticides that put our bees at risk have been used.