"For a very intelligent and observant person has assured me that, in the former part of his life, keeping but one horse, he happened also on a time to have but one solitary hen. These two incongruous animals spent much of their time together in a lonely orchard, where they saw no creature but each other. By degrees an apparent regard began to take place between these two sequestered individuals. The fowl would approach the quadruped with notes of complacency, rubbing herself gently against his legs; while the horse would look down with satisfaction, and move with the greatest caution an circumspection, lest he should trample on his diminutive companion. Thus, by mutual good offices, each seemed to console the vacant hours of the other.” Gilbert White, Aug. 15, 1775, from Letters to Daines Barrington
The landscape sleeps in mist from morn till noon;
And, if the sun looks through, 'tis with a face
Beamless and pale and round, as if the moon,
When done the journey of her nightly race,
Had found him sleeping, and supplied his place.
For days the shepherds in the fields may be,
Nor mark a patch of sky - blindfold they trace,
The plains, that seem without a bush or tree,
Whistling aloud by guess, to flocks they cannot see.
Taken from "November" by
John Clare, English (1793- 1864)
"Only a few embers of summer remain, yet the golden blaze of color burns brightly for sometime. Each season has its own beauty and this is beyond compare. After the foliage has dropped, vistas are opened that have been obscured during the summer months..” Former Curator Martha Crone, 1960.
Glyceria grandis S. Watson
This grass is found throughout most of Minnesota and is indigenous to the Garden. It grows in wet to moist areas, 2 to 5 feet high. The grain is considered sweet, hence the genus name, and palatable.