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Gardeners born under the sign of the rake tend toward lavish, exuberant displays of color. Blue flowers are a favorite, from demure bluebells in early spring to the piercing blue of Ceratostigma (false plumbago) which strikes a beautiful counterpart to the blazing red and gold leaves drifting down lazily this time of year. Keep that rake handy, your inclination is to spend a lot of effort keeping your garden tidy no matter what the season. Houseplants also thrive under your watchful eye. Favored trees of yours include ash, poplar and apple, and you are fond of roses, hydrangeas and daisies, along with mint in your herb garden.
Famous botanists and gardeners born in October include Caspar Commelin, Dutch botanist; U.S. President and naturalist Theodore Roosevelt; British explorer Captain James Cook: American botanist Dr. Mary Katharine Layne Curran Brandegee; American landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing: Swiss botanist Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyrame de Candolle, Alexander W. Livingston, American seedsman; Thomas ap Rees, English botanist; British author Reginald Arkell; and Victor Lemoine, French hybridizer and creator of many lilac varieties.