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A Perfect Lady

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I knew a girl who was so pure pure She coudn’t say the word manure.Indeed her modesty was such,She woudn’t pass rabbit hutch; And butterflies upon the wing would make her blush like anything. That lady has a garden now!& all her views have changed somehow.She squashes greenfly with her thumb, And knows how little snowdrops
come:In fact, the garden she has got,Has broadened out her mind a lot. from by Reginald Arkell. 1934

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Lovely. When I was a teenager I was potty about Beverly Nichols books from the library. It was a good introduction to gardening. Did you get them Feverfew ?

1 Dec, 2012

 

I haven't heard of him.....must google!

1 Dec, 2012

 

Gosh I've always been a bookworm and googling your poet took me to a free website called "Good reads".......I,ve already found books that I want to read that I didn't know existed!......thanks so much Feverfew. :0)

1 Dec, 2012

 

Oh yes, I remember Beverley Nichols!
I can squish greenfly (well, small ones) in my fingers, but still can't squash a slug - they get heaved over the hedge onto the wild bit!

1 Dec, 2012

 

Beverley Nichols and Mr Middleton introduced people to gardening in the nicest possible way. Its a shame that teenagers nowadays are so strongly influenced by pop music. They dont seem interested in gardening the way we were. Maybe the BBC could do a programme for them by a pop star ?

2 Dec, 2012

 

Maybe they'll grow into it Diane, life can be busy these days

The secret maybe is to start them young when they are curious
A young boy I know, he was about 3 years old, helped to plant some beans in a pot, they began to grow and one day he was found gently pulling one out.......to see what was underneath.... priceless. :0)))

2 Dec, 2012

 

For many of us I am sure the gardening bug doesn't really bite until we have our own plot to manage.When my daughter moved in with a boyfriend it was delightful to see her developing an interest in managing the garden. When the relationship failed she had to part with the garden (although several pots and most of the gardening equipment are now stored with me); her experience has kindled an aspiration to have her own outside space at some point in the future. Meanwhile she has one or two house plants in her room. I hope one day my son will discover the pleasure of gardening too ... he grew a moth orchid in his room when he first left home, so there's hope!!

2 Dec, 2012

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