Emily Dickinson's Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and by Marta McDowell

By Marta McDowell

A superbly illustrated reward booklet exploring the vegetation and poems of the liked "Belle of Amherst" a girl who came upon nice solace in gardens, Emily Dickinson crammed her poetry with references to her vegetation. Now, in Emily Dickinson's Gardens, writer Marta McDowell invitations poetry and gardening fanatics alike to discover the phrases and wildflowers of 1 of America's best-loved poets. each one bankruptcy of this illustrated publication follows a distinct season within the gardens, conservatories, and Amherst environs the place the poet tended, accrued, and drew notion from vegetation. "Here is a brighter backyard" the place you will find: Excerpts from Dickinson's poetry and letters old information about the poet's lifestyles, emphasizing her horticultural pursuits Plus: directions on the right way to create an Emily Dickinson backyard of your personal, together with plans, layout principles, plant resources, and starting to be assistance

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The garden flowers that made the cut are hard evidence of what she grew, or at least knew of. 9 From one of her poems we know that “The Lilac is an ancient Shrub,” 10 and now we see that she grew late-blooming Persian lilac (Syringa persica) as well as common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). She left us a visual plant list of her garden beds: zinnias and snapdragons, nasturtiums and four-o’clocks. Emily wrote the name of the plant with proper botanical Latin nomenclature: the genus, or generic name, followed by the species, or specific epithet.

If you are a neat gardener, daffodils look better with the spent blooms cut off. When the bloom is over, leave the strappy foliage to absorb energy for the bulb. The leaves will disappear by July. If you think the leaves look too forlorn, plant daffodils with something tall to cover them. In Emily’s poem and garden, she used “spicy ‘stocks,’” a tall annual, to cover the bare spots. 41 42 A E m i l y D i c k i n s o n ’s G a r d e n s confusing. There are many different varieties, but “daffodil” and “narcissus” are synonyms that apply to all of them.

Later in the album, Emily inserted more specimens per page, as if she worried about running out of room. All the pages in the album are used. As she continued to collect specimens, she had to fit them in wherever she found space. L a t e Sp r i n g B On the eighth page of the herbarium she grouped three wildflowers: marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides), leatherwood (Dirca palustris), and frostweed (Cistus candensis). She added a flower grown in the garden and the meadow, ox-eyed daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum).

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