March 25, 2009

The British Garden Party

As I continue to pour through books for garden inspiration this spring, I stumbled upon the following EXTRAORDINARY passage from one my favorite books. After each line, I couldn’t help but to close my eyes and visualize what I had read.

On the British Garden Party……
Quote from “The Woman’s Book”
Published by Charles Scribner’s Son 1894
Photographs: Mama B

“One is filled with admiration of the pluck that supports British hostesses in their efforts to defy the continually dropping skies of spring and summer.
Their lawns–deep green, of even, fine grass, to which a “wee modest crimson-tipped” daisy is a reproach–are a standing invitation to “come out and walk on me.”

Their groups of glorious great-armed trees, with dense, lustrous foliage, are apparently meant to shelter damsel and swains.
Their rose gardens,

with vines trained on the walls and arched trellises overgrown with masses of bloom and fragrance,
offer enchanting harborage for a tete-a-tete.”



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Comments (4)

Michaela said:

Ooo! I love it! I can not wait for spring weather!

Kit said:

beautiful pictures to go with the prose. Spring at last - we welcome you!

Desiree said:

How could one not feel like a much loved princess living a beautiful fairy-tale life in such a place as this??….
Enchantiingly Idyllic!!…thank you for inspiring my garden dreams!!!
xoxo -Desiree

Virginia said:

Dearest Shawn, You are an inspiration!!! So love your farm, your blog, your pictures, your foyer, and on & on!

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