by Celia Laighton Thaxter

Buttercup nodded, and said good-bye;
Clover and Daisy went off together;
But the fragrant water-lilies lie
Yet moored in the golden August weather.



Note: The poet Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894) grew up on an island. Her father built a hotel on Appledore Island, and it became a hub for artists, creatives, and writers of New England during the late 19th century. With the natural beauty of the island and Celia's lovely garden, it's no wonder that Appledore became a muse for many. Today, Celia's garden is as enchanting as it was over 100 years ago. Celia grew cut flowers for her father's hotel. She also wrote a best-selling book called An Island Garden.

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Celia Laighton Thaxter
Celia Laighton Thaxter

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