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The Daily Gardener

Summary: The Daily Gardener is a gardening podcast that is published every weekday. Jennifer Ebeling shares thoughts and brevities to help you grow. She writes and records the show in her home studio in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. Show notes and additional information are available at

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 April 29, 2019 Perennial Defined, Agnes Chase, Cornelia Vanderbilt's Wedding, Alfred Hitchcock, Ron McBain, #AmericanSpringLive, Botany Bay, Mary Gilmore, Garden-Pedia, Composting, and the Significance of Grass | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:51

Merriam-Webster gives the following synonyms for perennial;   abiding, enduring, perpetual, undying   Those terms can give gardeners unrealistic expectations for perennials; They're not eternal. They will eventually part ways with your garden. But, for as long as they can, your perennials will make a go of it. Returning to the garden after their season of dieback and rest. Ready to grow; ready for you to see them (and love them) all over again.

 April 26, 2019 Early Spring Blooms, Eugene Delacroix, Charles Townes, Irma Franzen-Heinrichsdorff, John J. Audobon, Frederick Law Olmsted, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Justin Martin, Photo Friday, Anna Eliza Reed Woodcock, and the Michigan State Flower | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:58

How close are your earliest bloomers to your front door?   Your crocus, snowdrops, iris, daffodils, tulips, forsythia, daphnes, and magnolias.   When I redid my front garden last year, the designer had put all my earliest bloomers right near the front porch and walk.  When I asked her reasoning, she reminded me of our long winters. Her advice was spot on: When spring finally arrives, it's much more pleasurable to have those earliest blooms where you can see them first thing

 April 25, 2019 A Botanist's Hello, Zucchini Bread Day, President Truman, NPSOT, Gustavus Adolphus College, Marcus E. Jones, Julia Morton, Alice Tangerini, Windflowers, Agnes Falconer, Roger L. Williams, Garden Markers, and George H. Engleheart's Daffodils | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:52

Today I learned how botanists used to say "hello" to each other.   In the 1800's and 1900's, a common way for botanists to introduce themselves, often from the other side of the world, was to send each other plant specimens as the foundation for developing a relationship.   When it comes to friendship, plants are icebreakers, communicators, and binding ties all rolled into one.

 April 24, 2019 Chives, Botany Day, Tomitaro Makino, Lucien Plantefol, Vancouver's Botanist Restaurant, Paul George Russell, Henry Van Dyke, Charles Sprague Sargent , Stephanne Barry Sutton, Window Cleaning, and a Story from John Muir | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:58

I recently had a gardener ask me about the first herb I'd ever grown.   That would be chives.   Chives, like many herbs, are so easy to grow. Plus, you get the cute purple puffball blossoms.   I had a chef friend show me how she liked to cut off the flower. Then, she snipped a little triangle off of the bottom where the bloom comes together (like cutting paper to make a snowflake). By doing this, you basically get "chive-fetti" and you can easily sprinkle the little chive blossom over salads or...

 April 23, 2019 Nighttime Temperatures, Lisa Mason Ziegler, William Darlington, Thomas Grant Harbison, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Cameron, Spring Rain for Houseplants, Barbara Pleasant, and Summer Parties at Biltmore | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:49

There's a soldier's prayer that goes,   "Stay with me, God. The night is dark, The night is cold: my little spark Of courage dies. The night is long; Be with me, God, and make me strong.   Dark. Cold. Long.   It's easy to get so excited about the first nice days of Spring.   "It was 80 degrees today!"   "It's going to be above 70 all next week!"   Well, hold your horses. You're forgetting about those nights. Remember?

 April 22, 2019 Perennials, Tasha Tudor, Earth Day, August Wilhelm Eichler, Gloria Galeano, William Bartram Journal, Kew's Gardener's Guide to House Plants, Planting Trees and Shrubs, the Eichler Treasure Trove, and Peter Hirsch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:54

Children's book writer and illustrator Tasha Tudor (Books by this author) once said,   It's exciting to see things coming up again, plants that you've had for 20 or 30 years. It's like seeing an old friend. This made me think of the old saying;   Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.   Perennials are old friends. Gold friends. They are the best kind of garden friends.   They may not be as flashy or exciting as the gardener's silver friends; annuals...

 April 19, 2019 Signature Plant, National Garlic Day, Gilroy Garlic Festival, E. Lucy Braun, Gilbert White, Primrose Day, Nancy Cardozo, Fiona Davison, Photo Friday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli  | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:54

Does your garden have a signature plant?   If you can't decide, maybe it's time to let your garden do the talking.    Complete the following sentence: My garden has the perfect spot to grow....(fill in the blank).    For instance, you may have the perfect spot to grow anemone.   I remember going to my friend Carmen’s house in the spring. I came around the corner and stopped in my tracks when I saw her happy anemones - so cheerful, so vibrant,... and so demanding...

 April 18, 2019 Plant Pet Names, Paul de Longpré, Elsa Beata Bunge, Maryland State Flower, Black-Eyed Susan, John Gay, Studio Oh, and Planning for Arbor Day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:54

Do you have pet names for your plants?   Amy the Amaryllis.   Jerry the geranium.   Once I bought some dahlias at a private plant sale.   Before I drove away, I rolled down the window to ask for the sellers name; they’ve been my “Doris“ dahlias ever since. Doris and I have stayed in touch over the years, and I have to say; she’s as lovely as the bloom on those dahlias.

 April 17, 2019 William Cullen Bryant, Double Take Plants, John Tradescant the Elder, Graham Stuart Thomas, James McBride, Adolph Daniel Edward Elmer, Gilbert White, Mignonette, Sam Postlethwait, and the Celery Bog Nature Area | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:58

William Cullen Bryantwrote,    “There is no glory in star or blossom  till looked upon by a loving eye;  There is no fragrance in April breezes  till breathed with joy as they wander by.”   That pretty much sums up what happens with the plants I’ve dubbed "double-takes".    A double-take plant is the one you first ignore or blow off - but them something about them causes you to take another look; to appreciate what you didn’t see the first time around...

 April 16, 2019 Truly Lovely Aprils, Robert Frost, Sir Hans Sloane, William Stearn, Ellen Nellie Thayer Fisher, Mary Gibson Henry, Sir Edward Salisbury, Aphra Behn, Penny Colman, and William Austin Dickinson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:39

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.”   ~ Robert Frost   April can be a challenging time in the garden.   How many truly lovely Aprils does one get in a lifetime? I’d venture to say maybe five or six.   Often, the gardens are too wet to get into; provided you could even get to them. Even with the rain, the snow hasn’t completely melted away.   It’s too cold to turn the spigots on, so you’ll have the thrill of trooping through the resid

 April 15, 2019 The Garden as a World Unto Itself, William Kent, Allan Cunningham, George Harrison Shull, Francis Hallé, Alexander Garden, Francis Quarles, The Atlas of Poetic Botany, The Garden Budget, and Sphagnum Moss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:39

William Kent wrote:   "A garden is to be a world unto itself,  it had better make room  for the darker shades of feeling  as well as the sunny ones.”   I’ve usually think about my garden as my happy place.   It’s a natural mood changer for me.   But I remember one time when I was out in the garden with feelings of a definite darker shade.   I was very pregnant with John and I was wearing a hideous, striped, maternity tank top.   It was super hot out and I looked like an absolu

 April 12, 2019 Plant Tags, Licorice, Zina Pitcher, John J. Audobon, Thomas Nuttal, William Kent, Dr. Edward G. Voss, and Peter White | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:57

I was looking at the cute brass plant labelson the Target website the other day - I was trying to find the link to that adorable garden tote I was telling you about and I thought about the evolution of a gardener when it comes to using plant tags.   First you start out needing the labels - is that dill? What does basil look like again?   Then you label only the newcomers or the look alike  parsley or cilantro - who can tell without smell...

 April 11, 2019 Yearlong Care of the Garden, Luther Burbank, Yogi Yogananda, Elsie Elizabeth Esterhuysen, John Paulus Lotsy, Ogden Nash, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Treat, A New Garden Tote, and the Clark Botanic Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:56

How much do you care for your garden?   Does your time and attention stay pretty constant throughout the season?   If not, why not?   What would your garden look like in August if you loved it then as much as you do now?   What do you need to do to sustain a high level of care for your garden all season long? Fewer tomato or pepper plants? More raised beds? Getting regular garden time committed on the calendar? Removing high maintenance plants?

 April 10, 2018 Mary Hiester Reid, George Reid, Onteora, Duncan Sutherland Macorquodale, Mary Reynolds, Pruning Grapevines, and the First Arbor Day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 08:53

Just when you thought you had winter beat… You thought wrong.   Surprise.   Unpredictable weather. Dicey temperatures. Gardeners need resilience.  If Spring’s arrival is dashing your hope,  start to look for the survivors in your garden. In your neighborhood. In your city.  On your social media feed. Every Spring - no matter the conditions, there are successes...

 April 9, 2019 Phebe Lankester, James Sowerby, Joseph Trimble Rothrock, Asa Gray, Louis Agassiz, Gardeners Question Time, Charles Baudelaire, Katie Daisy, the Toronto Archives, and Joseph Sauriol | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:57

Today’s thought is exactly that: How we think when we garden. Emerson wrote: “Blame me not, laborious band, For the idle flowers I brought; Every aster in my hand Comes back laden with a thought.” How wonderful our gardens are for thinking. Creatively. Therapeutically. Soulfully...


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