Algerian Iris

by Beverley Nichols

One of my grandfathers died of a clump of Iris stylosa;
it enticed him from a sickbed
on an angry evening in January,
luring him through the snowdrifts with its blue and silver flames;
he died of double pneumonia a few days later.
It was probably worth it.

Note: All week long, The Daily Gardener has been sharing quotes from the author Beverley Nichols, who was born on Monday of this week in 1898.
A prolific writer, Nichols is best remembered for his gardening books.

Today I'm featuring excerpts from his book called Forty Favourite Flowers.
It is exactly as described, Nichols sharing his top selections; the flowers he loved most in his garden.
Nichols arranged this book simply, using alphabetical order. Then he just shares some of his favorites.

As featured on
The Daily Gardener podcast:

Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.
Beverley Nichols
Beverley Nichols

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