by Minnie Aumônier
The Old Year passes into the New,
and gladness fills all the earth
for the joyous awakening of bud and blossom is at hand.
The artist and writer Minnie Aumônier ("oh·mo·nyé") wrote some of the most beautiful verses about the garden and about ringing in the new year.
Although little has been written about Minnie’s life, she was part of an artistic family. Her father, William, founded the Aumonier Studios in 1876, an architectural sculpture firm in London. Her Uncle James was a painter.