Sex in the Garden

Lady with a Corsage, Edmund C. Tarbell

Lady with a Corsage, Edmund C. Tarbell

“The flower’s leaves … serve as bridal beds which the creator has so gloriously arranged … and perfumed with so many soft scents that the bridegroom with his bride might there celebrate their nuptials with so much greater solemnity. When now the bed is so prepared, it is time for the bridegroom to embrace his beloved bride and offer her his gifts.” – See more at:SEX AND FLOWERS

Other interesting gardening links:

WOMEN BOTANICAL ARTISTS

AMERICAN GARDEN HISTORY

19th CENTURY GARDENING TIMELINE

19th Century Flower Shop in Brussels, courtesy Pinterest

19th Century Flower Shop in Brussels, courtesy Pinterest

Books I’ve Known And Loved

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If you imagine, based on your high school American history class, that reconstruction was a bore-fest, think again. John William De Forest brings the reader on a trip to Greenville, South Carolina and introduces us to the colorful characters (black and white) he dealt with as an agent of the Freedman’s Bureau. There’s no whitewashing, no PC language, no modern sociological studying here–just one decent man’s appraisal of a bad (sometimes funny) situation. Here is yet another white man with compassion, intelligence and humor. It’s fun to see how a northerner felt about his southern brethren as well as some of the fairer sex.

Tasty tidbit.

Tasty tidbit.

As an interesting aside De Forest is thought responsible for the phrase “the great American novel.”

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