Gardens and Reading

June 16, 2009

Embroidered mini-quilt for June

Embroidered mini-quilt for June

I reread a favorite children’s classic, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  This book calls to mind the joys of gardening and the redemptive, healing qualities of working with the soil.  I am an English major, so it’s no surprise that I found more pleasure in reading this novel about a garden than actually pulling weeds in my own garden patch.

“I meant to do my work today —
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.”
     — Richard de Gallienne

One Response to “Gardens and Reading”

  1. Lynne Says:

    One of the most beloved books of my childhood, and one I enjoyed reading to my children in their turn, was A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The evocative names of common flowers are so wonderful…

    The Flowers

    All the names I know from nurse:
    Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse,
    Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock,
    And the Lady Hollyhock.

    Fairy places, fairy things,
    Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
    Tiny trees for tiny dames –
    These must all be fairy names!

    Tiny woods below whose boughs
    Shady fairies weave a house;
    Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
    Where the braver fairies climb!

    Fair are grown-up people’s trees,
    But the fairest woods are these;
    Where, if I were not so tall,
    I should live for good and all.


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