The Literary Gardener

How Plants Deal with Heat – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – July 2016

“Heat, ma’am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.”
~ Wit and Wisdom […]

Capture the Magic of Growing Container Garden Crops – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – June 2016

“Gardening in a small space shouldn’t restrict your ideas…Accept the challenge and discover new possibilities!”
~Philippa Pearson, Small Space Garden Ideas, 2014

When I was a little girl, I created a sitting […]

Growing Pains in the Garden: What Our Plants are Telling Us – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – May 2016

“If you really want to draw close to your garden, you must remember that you are dealing with a being that lives and dies, like the human body with its […]

Language of the Flowers: A Long Journey Traveled by Plants and People – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – April 2016

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the […]

Drowning the Shamrock and Other Things Irish – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – March 2016

For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day. ~Irish blessing

According to my family tree, I’m […]

Peek at Some Pretty Winter Bloomers – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – November 2015

In the the winter of 1849, Amelia Bloomer published her first edition of The Lily, a newspaper devoted to women’s issues in which she advocated for less-restrictive female garments. More […]

Let Your Imagination Bloom at the Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens Symposium – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – October 2015

“Half the interest of the garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” –Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1898

During summertime, when I’m working hard in the garden […]

September: Time to Catch a Second Wind for Gardening – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – September 2015

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
~William Wordsworth
September, 1819

If your […]

Take a Magical Ride along the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – July 2015

“I judge that the flowers of Lavender quilted in a cap and worn are good for all diseases of the head…and that they comfort the brain very well.” ~ William […]

Practice Patience by Pinching Off – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – June 2015

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”  ~ May […]