by Beverley Nichols

How can one ignore...
that singular infinitely sinister blossom Iris siberica?
This latter flower can undoubtedly claim to be exclusively dressed,
for the petals of no other blossom has
Nature designed so curious of fabric,
vein with slate and violet and purple.

 

 

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