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Martha & Mary


Martha had a garden, & she tended it with care.
She took a pail & watered it, each slug & snail —she slaughtered it; There were no greenfly there.
She scratched & scraped it with a hoe;
There were no seeds she didn’t grow, & yet her garden wouldn’t grow.

Mary has a garden which is full of happy flowers.
She doesn’t do a thing in it but walk about & sing in it
For hours & hours & hours.
She never weeds & never hoes,& yet her garden always grows—
Because she loves it, I suppose. R Arkell

I think I’m a Martha. Maybe I’ll try just singing out there. My Morning Glories sown in April are only just beginning to climb the trellis & the Everlasting Pea,which I expected to romp away keeps coming to a dead end, it’s growing tips dried up or eaten by something!

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If I didn't do anything to mine it would soon be overgrown and overrun with weeds! I'm a Martha in the attention I give to the garden but fortunate that I reap the rewards of a lovely colourful garden. Not everything succeeds of course, we all have our failures, but you have a lot of success with lots of other things in your garden I'm sure!:)

4 Aug, 2013


I'm both of them Feverfew, somethings go mad and romp away and others either seem to struggle or disappear completely no matter how careful I am...I trimmed the tops off one lot of everlastings yesterday in the hopes that it will continue well into the autumn, it had stopped producing new blooms but still very green, no signs of yellowing yet so hoping for lots more flowers to come.....

4 Aug, 2013


I agree,Lincslass. We're all a bit of both. I've sprayed my everlasting peas as they were being eaten at the tips. My gdn is looking fairly colourful now , with cosmo, phlox & some nice fuchsias. The E peas were only planted this year so perhaps they need a bit more time to become established. Thankyou for your comment Louisa.

5 Aug, 2013


I love the poems you put up for us. My E peas are 3 years old now and have really taken off this year after 2 years with only a couple of flowers, so fingers crossed yours will be romping all over next year and flowering their socks off.

8 Sep, 2013


I hope so too HB. I have had 3flowers on the E peas, that's all & the M Glories nothing. I have stopped them growing any farther & hope that will have some effect. Glad you like the poems.

9 Sep, 2013


I really like this Reg character.
Thank you for introducing him to me, Fever.
He's grown on me over the months, no pun intended for a change. Lol.

9 Sep, 2013


Glad that you like the poems, Mouldy.there are two slim books published in1945(23rd printing) & I think I found them at a jumble sale. I certainly didn't buy them new, but I've had them ages & they are going a bit brown. Glad to hear of your success with your HA garden. Glad that your neighbours put you in for it. I got a Very highly Commended in the Waverley in Bloom & a £10 record token( not used yet), so we both an pat each other on the back!

10 Sep, 2013


Yeah, but you've kept the same high standards, year upon year, I'd guess, whereas I probably got my vote to ensure I didn't walk away, or better gardeners kept winning & the HA decided to keep them on their toes. Lol.

10 Sep, 2013

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