As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:
Today's book recommendation: Green Thoughts by Eleanor Perenyi.We lost Eleanor into 2009, at the age of 91.
This book is widely considered by many to be a classic of garden writing. It was Eleanor's only book.
She wrote about working in her Connecticut garden. Perenyi was not a fan of rock gardens, chemical pesticides or petunias.
She once called petunias,
“as hopelessly impractical as a chiffon ball dress”
There are many Wonderful quotes and sayings that are attributed to Eleanor in her book Green Thoughts. Here are a few of my favorites:
“A little studied negligence is becoming to a garden:”
“The double hoops for peonies are beyond description maddening to unfold and set in place. Two people are needed, one of them with better control of his temper than I have.”
“I ordered a modern purple martin house myself and proceeded to construct a dreadful object: unpainted, it looked like a cheap motel; painted blue and white, it looked like a cheap Greek motel and had to be thrown out.”
SI HORTUM IN HORTORUM PODCASTUM IN BIBLIOTEHCA HABES, NIHIL DEERIT.