The Heart of a Garden

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 92 pages
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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.1906 Excerpt: ... THE SWEET O' THE YEAR "Savez-vous Ou gite Mai, ce jolt mois?" Who knows, indeed? But this at least we know, that May, the lovely month, has once more come forth of her lair to clothe the world in general, and the garden in particular, with that radiant wedding-garment they may wear but once a year. The delicate mist of pale and tender green that April flung over wood and garden, blotted with white blossom, and touched with so exquisite a purity of tone against the turquoise sky, has flowered into a fuller, if a less ethereal, beauty, and all the goldengreen glory of young leaves is about us. However lavish June may prove--and, from the aspect of my budding rose-bushes and tufted strawberry plots, I hope for much from her bounty--this moment is surely the year's best. The apple-trees are heaped high with their sweet disorder of pearl and rose-hued blossom, the lilacs are swinging rich tassels of purple and white upon the clear sky, and the generous sycamores have unfolded their mitred leaf-buds into broad fans of living green. The drifting blossom-snow of pear and cherry and plum has melted from the grass, and young green is now once more their only wear. Slowly the web is woven, and every lilac-scented morrow finds us more embowered and built about with leaves. "In due season, time and the sun's power will turn all this limpid chrysoprase to stronger dyes of emerald and jade, less delicate alembics for the light, and informed, to be sure, with other beauty: and then, why then, the miracle of the year's youth will have been wrought yet again, and we shall pass onward to the maturer and more material joys of summer. It was one too generous week of warm days, days that outshone many and many a temperate July, that hurried away untimely my nodding rows of daffo...

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