I have been wanting to read this slim book for so long and it didn't disappoint. Elizabeth and Her German Garden is by Elizabeth Von Arnim, an Australian-born author who married a widowed German aristocrat and moved to his family home in what is now Poland. It is basically the journal of a year, from May to April, in which Elizabeth talks some about learning to garden and the joys of being in the garden but digresses into discussions about her babies, visitors, holidays and parties and celebrations, and life in general.
She is humorous, satiric, and thrives on being considered unconventional and eccentric. I found her to be delightful company and found myself constantly looking up names of the plants she was considering for the garden. While I enjoy gardening, this book was quite a tonic and has me eagerly anticipating the spring and digging out old garden plans to revisit projects I have let fall by the wayside.
I found the Wikipedia entry on to be quite interesting as well.
This was a great way to start the Back to the Classics 2022. A short book, one from the TBR shelf, one that made me anticipate spring in the bleak midwinter, and one whose narrator is someone I like. Now I want to reread Enchanted April.
|Elizabeth Von Arnim|