Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Elizabeth and her German Garden

Somewhere I read a post about 'Elizabeth and her German Garden' and being a great fan of Elizabeth von Arnim I tucked it away in my memoryand then lo and behold there was a copy in a second hand bookshop. Thank you to whomever originally posted about it. It was perfect holiday reading.

' I lived in a world of dandelions and delights. The dandelions carpeted the three lawns... under and among the groups of leafless oaks... were blue hepaticas, white anemones, violets... And then, before I had a little got used to the joy of their flowers against the sky, came the lilacs - masses and masses of them...

the acacias all blossomed too, and four great clumps of pale, silvery-pink peonies flowered under the south windows, I felt so absolutely happy, and blest, and thankful, and grateful, that I really cannot describe it. My days seemed to melt away in a dream of pink and purple peace.' Elizabeth von Arnim Elizabeth and Her German Garden

My days on holiday really did melt away in a dream....

dandelions , anemomes, lilacs, peonies


  1. Might have been me - I love that book! Do read more of EvA - highly recommended.

  2. Sounds lovely! I really like the bit about the dandelions, I love seeing them but people here treat them like weeds and pull them up or spray them. So sad, I think they are so cheerful and pretty.

  3. Just need a deckchair, and maybe a glass of something chilled...

  4. I love this post! The words are wonderful and the images are soo pretty!!


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