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Sea-Coast Gardens and Gardening.

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Pages: 30

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: General Books LLC (3 Feb. 2012)

By: Frances Anne Bardswell (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. My Sea-coast Garden In Winter. 'Earth slumbers, and her dreams--who knows But they may sometimes be like ours? Lyrics of spring in winter's prose That sing of birds and leaves and flowers.' These last words about my garden in winter-time ought really to have come at the very beginning, instead of at the end, for they were written when I first undertook its management. To me, it is pleasant reading, for many of the castles that then were in the air merely, have since been realised and become habitations. Winter, and how short the hours of daylight: how much too short for all we have to do in them! Already the round red sun is dipping down behind the grey church tower, lighting it up with fires of purple and crimson. The too brief day will die in splendour. And the old garden on the sea-cliff, with the little lichen-covered copse that guards it, how does that look on this quiet winter's day? So pleasant, so restful, as it lies in the reflected glory of the sunset, that it is still the place we love the best, and in which the happiest hours are spent. Most of the hardest work is over now--the tidying up, the mending of the neglected lawn, the clearing of the copse from rubbish, the thousand things that always must be done in a garden that has too long lain uncared for. More than one or two springs and summers will it take to coax the whole of this wilderness into order. Digging borders that have been left untilled for many years, and are crammed with odds and ends and stumps and roots of things long dead, is not at all the same as turning over new ground or ground that has been treated fairly every season. 'Wholesome neglect,' however, has shown its bright side in the copse, for there the sweetest things that grow have long run riot. 'Nothing t...

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