Tag Archives: Beverley Nichols

The Ecstatic Gesture

This is not a post about daffodils, I assure you, in spite of the quote I am about to share. As we all know, the only way to plant daffodils is to pile them on to a tray, and then … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Speed

I was walking Max and Berkley on a country road in Roanoke a few years ago when I came across an abandoned cemetery in which were growing, quite abundantly, clumps of iris. BH was dispatched to dig a few rhizomes out of the concrete-hard … Continue reading

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Hyacinth Bean Tales

A word from my beloved Beverley Nichols: Long experience has taught me that whereas people will take advice about love, and about money, and about nearly all the problems which beset us in life, they will scarcely ever take advice … Continue reading

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Into The Trenches

“You DO know how to plant iris, don’t you?” the gardening doyenne inquired when I offered to help her during a community work day in a Memorial Garden. “Ummm, I think so.” Well, it turns out I really didn’t know how … Continue reading

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A Garden Thing

We’ve discussed before the importance of having a “thing.” Call it a hobby, passion, or interest, most of us benefit from having something that serves as a creative outlet. Some of us have gardening as that outlet, and today I want … Continue reading

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Daffodil Silver

I have a favorite garden writer – well, actually I have two – but today we’ll stick with the inimitable Beverley Nichols: British, highly opinionated, passionate about all things horticultural, and a wonderful writer: As we all know, the only … Continue reading

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Spring Is A Hussy

“Spring Is A Hussy” Or so the gardening dowager speaking to my Garden Club pronounced. She went on to say that anybody can have a beautiful garden in spring.  At first I felt vaguely insulted – sometimes gardeners can be dreadfully opinionated … Continue reading

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