So Kairi was playing in front of the Castle’s front doors a little bit when Aqua met her right? What if she usually played with Dilan and Aeleus and would pick flowers for them all the time? Is that cute or what
Rembert Dodoens was a Flemish botanist and physician.
In the Cruydt-Boeck, Dodoens provides information about each plant’s geographical range, season, the origin of its name, a description of its nature, and finally its medicinal properties.
His Cruydt-Boeck was well known; some scholars believe that Shakespeare’s botanical knowledge came from Henry Lyte’s English translation. I especially love the beautiful garden depicted on the title page.
We put this book to use recently in a rather unusual way. Special Collections welcomed 75 local fifth graders (10- and 11-year-olds) into our reading room last week. They discussed ancient writing systems, found familiar landmarks on a 1917 town map, and
compared the illustrations in herbals like this one to modern photos of plants. You can see a couple of them at work in the image above. They were amazing kids, and they’re proof that students of all ages can benefit from working with primary sources.
Dodoens, Rembert, 1517-1585. Cruydt-Boeck / van Rembertus Dodonævs ; volgens sijne laetste verbeteringe, met biivoegsels achter elck capittel, uut verscheyden cruydtbeschryvers ; item in’t laetste een beschrijvinge vande Indiaensche gewaffen, meest getrocken wt de schriften van Carolus Clusius. Tot Leyden : Inde plantijnsche druckerije van Françoys van Ravelingen, 1618. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Folio QK41 .D62 1618
I want sun-stained wooden floors and french windows and an untamed, untamable garden. I want your arms in the morning, pinning me under blankets. Ignoring my grouchy complaints and half-hearted attempts at escape. I want your laugh in the evening, your crinkled eyes the very same as the first time I met you. I want to be an english teacher. I want to be a writer. I want to be an art historian. I want to be an artist. I want to be around horses. I want to be a horse. I want to rush to do everything. I want to be able to do nothing. I want to know what I want. I want to stop being angry with myself for not knowing. I want to be responsible, reliable, steadfast. I want to be careless, indefinite, uncertain. I want sun and storms and mountains and trees. I want air so cold it freezes the end of my nose and makes me regret the existence of toes. I want long drives. Shitty gas station coffee and pillows against car windows. I want old music filled with memories and new music for making more. I want to be better at saying what I mean. I want to be better at at least saying something.
The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.
These gardens are a great solution if you are lacking in good soil: especially if you live in an urban area with soil that is contaminated by things like glass, run-off or other waste.
Straw Bale Gardens teaches gardening in a way that isn’t only new but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today’s home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited garden space, and even physical difficulty working at ground level. Developed and pioneered by author and garden expert Joel Karsten, straw bale gardens create their own growing medium and heat source so you can get an earlier start. It couldn’t be simpler or more effective: all you need is a few bales of straw, some fertilizer, and some seeds or plants, and you can create a weedless vegetable garden anywhere—even in your driveway.